The pop up art shop at Bayview Synergie Space at 101 Main Street in Newcastle is loaded with delightful local arts and crafts and is a treasure trove worth visiting in the last few days in the run up to Christmas.
This exciting new business is at the leading edge of a creative approach to kick-starting the local economy by recognising we need to support our local craftspeople and artists. This arts and crafts initiative is part of a wider idea in helping small entrepreneurs to pilot their business projects in a safe and sustainable co-working environment.[caption id="attachment_60624" align="aligncenter" width="540"] NIck Mack shows off a selection of the local craft goods on sale at Bayview Synergie Studio at 101 Main Street in Newcastle.[/caption]
Located near the lights at near the Donard Park end of the town adjacent to the Avoca Hotel, the recently opened art studio has seen a steady number of shoppers looking for that special present for loved ones for Christmas.[caption id="attachment_60625" align="alignleft" width="390"] A sculpted willow hare sits among the wide range of craft goods at Bayview Synergie Studios in Newcastle.[/caption]
The pop up art shop hosts the varied works of a number of well-known talented artists, scultpors, porcelain workers, glasssmiths and silver jewellers and even chocolateers.
Items included are from Erin McCormick, jeweller; Elaine Burke, willow sculptor; Rebecca Killen, ceramacist, Tommy Fullerton, linen and vintage floral design, Norr and Brown, chocolateers.
Nick Mack, owner of Bayview Synergie Studios, explained: “The pop up art shop is the latest development in the business concept we have. My wife Tanya and I have lived in Newcastle for twenty years and we are very excited about this venture.
“We initially opened up earlier this year upstairs with a a co-working centre with rentable office and meeting and desk space. Packages are from £7 for a desk for a half day to £50 per month to the full gold package.[caption id="attachment_60627" align="alignright" width="370"] These boots were made for eating and that’s just what we’ll do… a novelty chocolate Christmas present at Bayview Synergies Studio.[/caption]
“We have an excellent broadband service and it is a very sustainable way for a person starting off a micro-business to go, and there are a number of various supports such as mentoring that can be arranged. Working in a social environment helps too to remove the isolation that comes with working on your own in a small business. There is even space for making private calls and using Skype.
“Co-working isn’t just about renting space. Its about freedom to be you and do the work you want to do, and to do it with others who want to be free too. Its about saying no to long-term leases that tie you into rent and rates week in week out… its about finding a way to start a business even if you don’t have savings in the bank you can draw on – its about saying ‘Why Not?’ and it’s about feeling good – getting up and going to a place to do interesting work with like-minded people, not because you have to but because you want to.”[caption id="attachment_60628" align="alignleft" width="320"] Wooden reindeer looking for a nice home.[/caption]
Nick a a leading thinker in creative approaches to business having worked with Creative Labs in Fermanagh, and was research manager with the Rural Development Council.
He works in partnership with his wife, an accountant (Tanya Mack Accounts) who provides business and accountancy advice and training to startups and small businesses.
So if your’e looking for something unique and different and reasonably priced for Christmas, why not call round to Bayview Synergie Studios to their groundfloor studio and check out the large array of arts and crafts?
And if you are a just getting going with a new business idea, Bayview Synergie Studios may just be the right platform for you to spring from into 2016.
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tel no: 028 43723219.[caption id="attachment_60626" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Beautiful hand crafted ceramics at Bayview Synergie Studio in Newcastle.[/caption] ]]>