January 2017

Introducing Portsmouth’s first public Makerspace

The Maker’s Guild started as a collaborative piece of University research on creating a Makerspace in the city of Portsmouth. This has developed into a business that looks to provide a space to inspire the next generation of design innovators.

Makerspaces are public environments where cross-disciplinary creative practitioners are based, with access to traditional & modern manufacturing tools to create physical objects. They form part of the local community acting as a place to bring people together, to collaborate and inspire in an environment that facilitates design innovation through the act of making, collaborative working and access to tools which help accelerate the design process & the fabrication of ideas.

Globally, there are over 2000 version of Makerspaces. More than 200 of them are in the UK. These Makerspaces have greatly affected the economics of the immediate & surrounding areas they occupy. Members using the space create commercial products, enabling small businesses to grow, providing workforce training and changes in the community.

Thanks to the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, The Maker’s Guild now has a home in the Guildhall, Portsmouth.  The facility will be open in early Spring 2017, providing professional designers, artists and makers, hobbyists, graduates, schools and the wider community with:

  • Dedicated studio workstations
  • Flexible touchdown workspace
  • Access to tools & machinery
  • Spaces to teach & attend participatory workshops
  • Digital fabrication (3D printing & Scanning, Laser cutting)
  • Shared meeting, relax & discussion areas
  • Exhibition and display space
  • Project & material storage
  • Access to materials and parts

Alongside this we will develop workshops that will have social impact on the local community by offering tailored creative engagement sessions that would be available for all to take part in. These would range from small activities within the makerspace to improve skills, improve confidence and well being, enhance, community cohesion and provide residents opportunities to take part in a large creative group activity that can connect within the wider community.

Access to the facility will be on a membership basis, with varying membership types including; Full access membership, Hot-desking and day passes. The Makerspace will be open Monday to Friday from 9am – 8pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. For more information please visit www.makers-guild.com or contact us on info@makers-guild.com