Win a ‘Year in a Creative Unit’

11 May 2012

From left to right: Mr Alan Hewson, Director, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ruth Emily Davey of Ruth Emily Davey Shoes (2011 Competition Winner) and Mr Tony Orme, Enterprise Manager at Aberystwyth University’s Commercialisation and Consultancy Services.
From left to right: Mr Alan Hewson, Director, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ruth Emily Davey of Ruth Emily Davey Shoes (2011 Competition Winner) and Mr Tony Orme, Enterprise Manager at Aberystwyth University’s Commercialisation and Consultancy Services.

Are you an individual looking for studio/workshop space to develop a new business or community enterprise idea, or are you an existing early stage creative business which has been trading for less than two years?

Do you have an existing link to Aberystwyth University (as a student / member of staff / alumni) or does the business have the potential to develop links and be part of the growing creative community at Aberystwyth Arts Centre?

Returning for the fourth year, this exciting competition offers a year’s rent free studio space from September 2012, in one of the Award winning Creative Units at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

“The ‘Year in a Creative Unit’ competition is open to business or community enterprise ideas based on any of the Creative Industries including film, tv, new media, performing arts, visual arts, applied arts and literature”  explains Tony Orme, Enterprise Manager at Aberystwyth University.

The winner will benefit from modern and flexible studio space in one of the sixteen Creative Units at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the Arts'.

Alan Hewson, Director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre, said: “The competition offers an exciting opportunity for a new company to become part of the creative community at the Arts Centre and to work with the other resident arts businesses and artists in our award winning Creative Units.”

Applications will be reviewed by a panel and those shortlisted will be invited to pitch their business idea in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style forum. 

Previous winners of the ‘Year in a Unit’ competition are Ruth Emily Davey of Ruth Emily Davey Shoes, Lisa Young of Lisa Young Ceramics and Ric Lloyd of Cleftec Digital. 

Reflecting on winning the 2011 competition, Ruth Emily Davey, explained, “The ‘year in a creative unit’ has provided a unique opportunity for me to spread my wings with my business amongst a wonderful community of artists within the supportive, vibrant and contemporary arts scene of Aberystwyth Art Centre”.

For full details of the competition, visit: www.aber.ac.uk/year-in-a-unit
Alternatively, contact Tony Orme, Enterprise Manager, Aberystwyth University awo@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622203. 

The deadline for the submission of applications is 17.00 Friday 29th June 2012. 

Working in partnership with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the competition is coordinated by Commercialisation and Consultancy Services (CCS) at Aberystwyth University.

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Contacts

Tony Orme
Enterprise Manager
Aberystwyth University
awo@aber.ac.uk
01970 622203

Arthur Dafis
Communications and Public Affairs
01970 621763
07841 979 452
aid@aber.ac.uk