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STEAMhouse Phase 1

STEAMhouse is a new centre for creative innovation and cultural production. Developed by Eastside Projects in partnership with Birmingham City University, Phase 1 is based on Digbeth High Street and has 15,000 sq feet of space with a range of spaces including co-working, project spaces and the Production Space – a substantial, new makerspace with equipment and technicians to support production and prototyping in digital, wood, metal and print.

Who can use it?

Creative businesses, including self-employed, sole trading artists, designers and makers, can apply to join. Members can access a range of support, including the Open Route which has been designed to enable artists to test and prototype ideas and develop and produce new work by offering 12 months free access to the Production Space workshops and co-working space, alongside a programme of business support.

This access is complemented by a programme of talks, events, workshops and STEAMlabs – collaborative, cross disciplinary workshops which bring designers, entrepreneurs, creatives, academics, coders, artists, developers, scientists, manufacturers, health professionals and engineers together.

You can find out more about the support on offer, and STEAMhouse’s facilities in this short film made by Workshop Birmingham for Make Works.

How to Apply

We strongly recommend that you book onto one of STEAMhouse’s Open House Tours before applying – find a date and book HERE.

When you are ready to apply, download the STEAMhouse Registration Form and fill in each section. In Section 5 you will need to write a short proposal outlining how you would like to use STEAMhouse. This should describe:

  • New work you want to make
  • New ideas you want to test
  • New skills you want to develop
  • How being a member of STEAMhouse will enable you to develop your practice and your creative business.

STEAMhouse is focussed on the development of new products and services, which Artists produce in the form of artworks, arts projects and creative services. Therefore, though you might have a new commercial product idea, you can also propose to develop your portfolio; produce a new body of work; make new work for a particular opportunity; build technical and business skills; test new production processes; or explore ways to extend what you already do through new collaborations or the application of your ideas in different contexts.

Return your completed form to steamhouse@bcu.ac.uk – you should have a decision within two weeks.

For more information visit the STEAMhouse website.