The Head of Culture presented the above report details of which had been previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to inform Members about the establishment of a creative incubation hub and support programme in the Old Fire Station premises on Hawkin Street. This project will be delivered in partnership with the Ulster University and Urban Villages.
Councillor Cooper welcomed the report. He commented that a lot of good work had been achieved amongst the local communities and he was encouraged to note that subject to funding approval that a pilot programme would commence shortly and he hoped that the community organisations would make their facilities available.
Councillor McLaughlin welcomed the report. She said that she had no difficulty in supporting the creation of the incubation hub for the project, however highlighted the closure of Eighty81 office space at Ebrington and queried why this venue was not considered as a location for the catalyst programme.
The Head of Culture advised that the project was specific to new graduates and would complement the activity at Eighty81 building and the expectation would be that these graduate businesses would naturally migrate from Hawkin Street to Eighty81 building and other locations as they developed.
Recommended that Council notes the establishment of a creative incubation hub and support programme in the Old Fire Station premises on Hawkin Street and the scheduling of monthly clinics featuring relevant arts and culture sector regional support organisations.