A £1.2m refurbishment of 61-63 Humber Street in Hull’s Fruit Market, includes a first floor artistic space for the creative community.
With a combination of dedicated and shared working spaces, Juice Studios will become home to emerging and established creatives looking to develop their careers in a range of art disciplines, including printmaking, contemporary art, textiles, and fashion design.
The investment is part of the £80m transformation of the Fruit Market waterside district, which is being reinvented as one ofthe most vibrant and fastest-growing communities in the North, featuring a host of commercial, creative and cultural ventures.
Intended to be a self-sustaining hub for artists, designers and creative enterprises, Juice Studios is expected to open in next month. The space consists of eight individual studios; shared working areas for around 20 members; a fashion and textiles studio; print room; and a multi-purpose project space.
Joseph Cox, joint owner of neighbouring business Form Shop & Studio, has played a leading role in developing the new artistic hub. He said: “Juice Studios will be a place where creatives can share ideas, collaborate, learn new techniques and benefit from the great facilities on offer.
“It’s a place which will help connect Hull’s art scene, enable it to grow and bring artists and makers to this creative neighbourhood.
“We’re hoping the space will appeal to people who are already working or aiming to work in the arts – whether that’s printmaking, illustration, textiles or any other media.”
Among the first to join the Juice Studios community is Hull-based co-operative Feral Art School, a not-for-profit community of professional artists and educators.
Annemarie Tickle, a tutor with Feral Art School, said: “The new studios will offer opportunities for early-career and more experienced artists to work alongside each other in a supported, exciting and vibrant environment.”
Juice Studios will add to the thriving arts scene already flourishing in the Fruit Market, joining Humber Street Gallery, Studio Eleven, Form Shop & Studio, and Oresome Gallery and Jewellery Workshop.
Juice Studios will be part of a new centre for the creative and artistic community in a comprehensively repaired and redeveloped three-storey building.
The works, which are nearing completion, involve the repair, refurbishment and reconfiguration of all three floors of the building. The project is being partly funded by a £600,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund to support the continuing regeneration of the Fruit Market waterside district.
The project is being delivered by Wykeland Beal, the regeneration company formed by commercial developer Wykeland Group and housebuilder Beal Homes, which is leading the reinvention of the waterside community as part of The Fruit Market LLP joint venture with Hull City Council.
Tom Watson, Development Surveyor for Wykeland, speaking on behalf of Wykeland Beal, said: “The launch of Juice Studios is another exciting landmark in the development of the Fruit Market urban village.
“The investment made in repairing, restoring and remodelling 61-63 Humber Street has created the perfect environment for this new creative hub to prosper and add to the creativity that makes the Fruit Market so unique.”