State-of-the-art facilities at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels have been opened up as a creative hub for artists, designers and crafters.
Through Resource, people can access the School of Textiles and Design’s world-class equipment, workspace and the expertise of technicians.
Open to non-students and also those studying elsewhere, it gives visual artists access to top printing equipment as well as lots for those working with all kinds of textiles. Fiona Waldron, head of the School of Textiles and Design, said: “We believe this to be the first creative hub of its kind in the UK.
“We hope that designers, artists and makers take up the opportunity to subscribe and to develop their ideas, practice using new materials, techniques and equipment which otherwise might not be available to them.”
She added: “We aim to foster and provide a supportive environment through informal peer and professional mentoring.”
Those who take up the offer of 18 months’ access for £150 will also get a 50 per cent reduction on commercial fees for screen and digital print, weave, knit and laser cutting, as well as reduced rates for summer school classes.
University library access, free tickets to networking events and a monthly guest lecture programme, with speakers including Turner Prize nominees and award-winning fashion designers, are also included in the subscription price.
Textile artist Helen Hastings, a new subscriber, attended one of the university’s summer schools to extend her screen-printing skills. She said: “I have tried so many new techniques and feel I have gained a good grounding, so I hope that I will be able to make the most of whatever Resource can offer in the longer term.”
Resource is a partnership between the council’s arts development team and the university, with funding support from Creative Scotland and a contribution from Borders College.
It is being managed through the Creative Arts Business Network.
Visit www.resource-hwu.org for more information.