We had a great day at FIELD for our summer fete on SATURDAY 17th JUNE, featuring a community picnic with More In Common, The Great Get Together – inspired by Jo Cox, joining others across the country getting together with their local community and celebrating all that unites us.
Our resident Andrew from Flux cooked up a South African-style barbeque on his braai, and Old Tree Brewery served their amazing craft beers, ales & ciders, plus yummy vegan & vegetarian snacks and cakes – all to be enjoyed at our community street-party table. Old Tree brought along their fascinating new contraption – the Terra Preta – and gave talks on soil health and carbon neutral practices.
We also celebrated Bike Week and 200 years of the Bicycle with Brighton Bike Hub, who provided games & races plus a bouncy castle. The Wood Store are put on all kinds of workshops & woodcraft for adults & children alike. Lots of fun was had by all!
To launch our first Artists Open House event at FIELD we held a community & family fun day – FIELD2FORK #2 on Saturday 6th May, with children’s activities, music and entertainment for all ages.
Attractions were brought to the day from all our wonderful partners at FIELD: Bike Hub offered a cycling obstacle course, facepainting and games; The Wood Store held box-making workshops for children to try their hand at carpentry, and for gardeners of all ages there were free workshops on creating a mini forest garden, edible planting and soil health from Old Tree – who also supplied delicious home-made food and drink, and led a Botanical Treasure Hunt. We even had an outdoor pizza kitchen!
Everyone had a great day in the spring sunshine, with lots to see and learn – and an art gallery to enjoy too!
FIELD2FORK with the Mayor
We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Pete West to our event at FIELD on 15th April – FIELD2FORK, a celebration of spring. He helped to plant a little oak tree – a symbol of life and growth for the future, and started off the very popular children’s Easter Egg hunt! Everyone had a lovely day, with all kinds of activities ranging from making pots to planting seeds. In fact it was so much fun that we are going to do it all again on 6th May with another FIELD2FORK – so watch this space!
More photos from the event can be seen on the Mayor’s Facebook page here and the FIELD page here
SATURDAY 15 APRIL 11am-4pm
This will be a community + family-friendly event where you can discover fun ways to grow food – whether it’s in a small urban space or a big back yard – everyone can grow something! We will be joined by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, who will be helping us plant something!
Featuring an Easter egg hunt, games, music plus fun workshops on compost making, seed planting, salad growing, willow weaving – plant sales, seed swap + lots more, including food and drink by Old Tree Brewhouse Cafe; gardening goodies from What You Sow, Dr Bike sessions and kids’ cycle obstacle course from Brighton Bike Hub PLUS Easter bike decorating, and crafty things to make from Remade in Brighton! More details here on the FIELD Facebook events page
CYCLE CAFE AT FIELD
Cyclists are welcome at FIELD Brighton, where we cater for both you and your bike! Delicious homemade food and drink by our partners Old Tree, plus the fantastic Brighton Bike Hub who provide workshop assistance and sales. Lots of outdoor space to sit and enjoy the sunshine and flowers in our cafe garden, and plenty of secure parking on our Cyclehoop racks. We are directly on the A27 Lewes Road – Sustrans Regional Route No. 90 http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map
MakerClub plans for expansion
FIELD residents MakerClub have been successful in securing substantial investment in their business, which will allow them to expand tenfold from their current network of 10 Makerclubs – to 100 in across the UK! They hope to achieve this ambitious goal by end of 2017 – which will provide tech skills sessions for up to 10,000 young inventors nationwide. Each club will be linked to a local MakerClub BrightSparks programme, offering 10 children in each area the chance to reach their full potential as inventors of the future!
The programme’s success is reported here in The Argus
FIELD residents meet The Mayor of Brighton & Hove
It was a pleasure to host a visit from the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Pete West, to meet all the FIELD residents last month. They had lots to talk about, as the Mayor was once a student of Engineering at the University of Brighton – studying right next door to FIELD at UoB Watt’s Building! Everyone got together afterwards for a delicious lunch in the FIELD cafe, made by our resident brewers and cooks, Old Tree.
COMMUNITY 21 – Re-Publicing the Public House
FIELD partners Community 21 recently worked with University of Brighton students from 3D Design and Craft, to help create products for the Bevy Pub in Bevendean, Brighton – the first community owned pub on a social housing estate in the UK.
They ran workshops to enable key themes, ideas and issues to be raised. The pub is keen to promote inclusivity and a diverse public and many of the products explored this. This video shows the students presenting their ideas for a range of products made in 20 days.
A great fun night! Well done everyone and thanks to the Bevy team. Read more about the event here
Love Your Bike Week at FIELD: 11-18 February
Brighton’s second Love Your Bike Week took place at FIELD over half-term week 11-18 February 2017.
Brighton Bike Hub hosted a raft of free cycling-themed activities, helping young cyclists prepare their bikes for Spring and Summer by showing children how to look after their bikes, and helping improve their cycling skills by offering training around a purpose-built assault course, in collaboration with Sustrans’ ‘Bike It’ programme for schools.
Remade in Brighton brought their micro-remakery textile projects plus ‘The Huberdashery’ – salvaged textiles and materials such as buttons, pins and needles – which will be part of a regular pop-up event at FIELD on the second Saturday of each month, starting on 11th March, 12-3pm. Details on Remade and their events here.
Makerclub launches BrightSparks 10 for 10
‘BrightSparks 10 for 10’ is a pilot project looking for 10 pioneering businesses to sponsor 10 awesome young people who want to fulfill their potential as the inventors of the future – but who haven’t had access to the right encouragement, equipment or learning paths.
Young people aged between 8 and 13 years old on free school meals will be put forward by their local ICT coordinator to become part of this project, and to receive a laptop, weekly mentoring and tech training, careers advice and lots more besides.
If your business would like to be part of BrightSparks 10 for 10, read more here
First V2 batch shipped!
Intrepid Camera are ending a successful year at FIELD by shipping the first batch of their second generation camera made on-site. To appreciate their amazing 4×5 camera, you can admire these amazing photos taken by Justin Lowery using the camera on a recent trip to California’s Eastern Sierra.
Control Freq vs Brighton Parking
Our very own Noel of Control Freq has offered up an entrepreneurial idea to help ease the parking congestion in the City via an innovative smart phone technology. See his idea via the local online news.
Robots beware, children are in training with Makerclub!
Our FIELD resident’s Makerclub were featured online on the Guardian website with a story on how they are providing opportunities for children to learn about technology. See the full story here.
Motofire coverage for Union Motion
The guys at Union Motion have had some great coverage on Motofire following the reveal of their amazing electric motorbike. See the full story here.
Bike Hub now open 3 days a week
The Bike Hub are now open on-site at FIELD House 3 days of the week:
11am-4pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Follow the Bike Hub on Facebook to keep up with the latest news.
We had a FIELD Day!
On Saturday 8th October we held a community and family fun day with all sorts of attractions from our fab four FIELD partners; Bike Hub, Community 21, Old Tree and Wood Store, and our excellent eight FIELD residents took the opportunity to showcase their products and working practices.
Attractions on the day included a bouncy castle; games, stalls and sideshows; live music, art & crafts, face-painting, ice cream & cakes, plus from the FIELD partners:
Bike Hub – various bike-themed attractions
Wood Store – mini-workshops and tombola
Old Tree – harvest time hot food & drink, fresh-pressed apple juice, plus free tasters of their botanical drinks
PlaceMakerSpace – Community21 held an interactive Dream City workshop
FIELD foyer – Exploring Senses digital/audio/art exhibition, Who Sampled Who
FIELD residents – display of products and activities from Intrepid Camera, P Kirkwood, Play Talk Learn – plus Union Motion and Flux Cycles had their bikes on show.
Local information stall from Coombe Road LAT and University of Brighton’s Community Partnership CUPP
And we donated a fully-stocked GOSH Patisserie cake stall to the Martlets Hospice charity, run by trustee Cllr Ann Norman & husband Cllr Ken Norman – who raised a fantastic £200 by selling yummy cakes on the day!
We’ve had a rather nice review of The Old Tree Brewery and FIELD courtesy of The Source Brighton. You can read their take on FIELD here
Here is John from the Woodstore giving a tour to a group of lovely students from the World Student Environmental Network who came to learn about the sustainable businesses here at FIELD this week.
Hello Bike Hub!
The Bike Hub have arrived at FIELD! If your bicycle is in need of some maintenance or refurbishment then you can pop down to FIELD on a Friday or Saturday from 11am – 5pm for some Bike TLC. In the meantime you can follow the Bike Hub on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.
Repair Cafe has landed
We are thrilled to welcome the Repair Cafe to FIELD to help local people fix up bicycles, electronic, electrical goods and anything that needs sewing or gluing. They’ll be on-site at FIELD on the last Saturday of each month from 12-3pm. Find out more here
Community Works Lunch
This beautiful group of friendly faces are enjoying a lovely lunch curtosey of the Old Tree Brewery!
Caroline Lucas visit
Today Caroline Lucas MP met some of our unique start-up businesses when she visited FIELD. After meeting our residents she commented, “It is fantastic to see so many extraordinary and clever makers here and to meet our home-grown talent. These are the businesses creating the new products and business models that will change the way we live in years to come.”
Caroline called in on all the residents as well as visiting the partners based at FIELD and enjoyed some refreshments in Old Tree Brewery’s café. James Nettleton from U+I, who was showing Caroline around alongside Sarah Chitty explained “This is an experiment to establish what the future of workspace looks like in Brighton, we don’t have all the answers yet, so FIELD is about asking questions and engaging with potential end users, with a view to it helping us design a new facility which makes a meaningful contribution to workspace in the city, which is currently under-supplied.”
The corridors of FIELD were ringing with the sound of the European Queer Choir rehearsals today! The Old Tree Cafe provided the perfect spot for some pitch perfect harmonies.
Glass Heap Challenge
We hosted the Glass Heap challenge over the weekend, a four day pop-up event featuring on-site demonstrations enabling visitors to truly understand glass as a material and its upcycling potential to create designs ranging from tableware to architectural applications. The demonstrations showed that you can heat and manipulate glass with just low energy and basic equipment consisting of mobile glass blowing facility and a flame work bench.
You can find out more about the Glass Heap Challenge here