In my last post I wrote about the St George’s area of Leicester and showed you some of the old warehouses and factory buildings. Regeneration of this area and its rebranding as ‘The Cultural Quarter’ started around 2000. A new theatre (Curve) was built, Leicester’s arts cinema (Phoenix) relocated, and the Moderne cinema became the Athena conference centre.
Alongside these high profile projects has been the development of spaces for creative businesses. The LCB depot, built on the site of the former Leicester City Bus depot, opened in 2004. Here you will find a cafe-bar, gallery, meeting rooms and workspace for nearly 50 small creative businesses. At Phoenix Square, as well as the cinema, there is a film and digital media centre and workspace for businesses specialising in digital arts. And last month the newest workspace, called Maker’s Yard, opened in what is thought to be the oldest surviving hosiery factory in the East Midlands; there are large studios here for artists and designer-makers.
On Saturday 20th April, Makers’ Yard held an open day, which was a wonderful opportunity to see the buildings and have a nose around the studios. Here you can see the type of wide windows that were common in the early framework knitters’ workshops.
I was particularly impressed by the intricate designs on Alison’s work and love the colours she uses.
I love the hydrangea cushion; hydrangeas remind me of Brittany and these clean designs would look good in any seaside scheme.