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2015 – 2023

From 2015–2023 Eastside Projects worked in partnership with Birmingham City University to develop STEAMhouse – a centre for creative and collaborative innovation which opened on Digbeth High Street in April 2018 and moved to the purpose-built Belmont Works building in 2022.

Funded by ERDF and Arts Council England the first phase of STEAMhouse was developed from concept to delivery through a partnership between Eastside Projects and the University led by Artist Maker Ruth Claxton. Involved since the project’s inception in 2015 Ruth’s role included concept development, strategic planning, fundraising, staff recruitment, programme design and development, SME support, and membership of the design team for the renovation and fit-out of the 15000 sq ft Phase 1 building including leading the technical team and designing and specifying the Production Space workshops.

The ERDF Funded Create Programme ran from 2018–2023, and we led the Open Route which supported artists and creative SME’s with free mentoring, workshops, short courses, and access to the Production Space workshops – a large-scale makerspace with extensive facilities, equipment and technical support for production and prototyping in wood, metal, print, biomaterials and digital manufacturing.

Find out more about how STEAMhouse started in this film made in the Phase 1 building by Workshop Birmingham in 2018.


Now the Create programme has ended, STEAMhouse has shifted to a new model, offering a range of membership options which are open to all, including:

Maker Membership – £100 a month + VAT

Designed for Artists, Makers, Creatives, Engineers, Designers, and anyone who has an idea they want to build. You’ll get access to the STEAMhouse Production Space, tools, and equipment, with additional support from specialist technicians. Experiment and build with 3D printing, immersive technologies, wood and metal, textiles, print, and sustainable materials. EOP members can get a special reduced Maker Membership rate – find out more HERE

Maker Day Passes – £30 + VAT per day

Designed specifically for Makers, Artists and Creatives who want to use the space, kit and equipment every now and then. Once you’re inducted and trained up on machines, you’re all set.

Find out more HERE