“It’s absolutely normal for creative people to dream big about the ideal conditions that they need to make work in. What is abnormal is for them to actually exist,” – the words of Reece Kennedy, co-director of Rope Press, a non-profit organisation based in Birmingham.
Having started off many years back as a small studio in a garden shed, Rope Press have spent the last few years running their printing and publishing house from a relatively small warehouse space in Digbeth.
It’s now Reece, and his co-director Elyse‘s dream to build a brand new centre for art and design in Birmingham – a new, buzzing, creative space that will be dedicated to supporting up and coming artists.
Every penny Rope Press makes goes towards supporting artists and creative opportunities. Inkluded loved working with them back in 2016 on our tattoo zine. Their new plans for Birmingham sound exciting, and now is your chance to support!
A new Kickstarter has been launched to help build the International New School. From as little as £1 you can help make the dream happen and get something back in return – a print, a hot desk, a workshop place and more.
Rope Press aren’t just looking to build a state of the art facility, hold more inspiring workshop spaces and bigger quality art events, but also intend to grow their artistic community.
As a blog that was founded on achieving that mission of inclusivity and community , I think it’s so important that projects like Reece and Elyse’s can flourish. As new chain stores and housing developments crop up all over city centres like Birmingham, I hope that fresh and inspiring places like these can do the same.
Good luck guys!