How can a building make you smile?Reimagining and redeveloping The Courts Imagine a place where a young person’s background, race, beliefs, gender, physical ability and economic status had nothing to do with how good they could be, what they could achieve. A space where they could fully explore their creative potential, receive support and mentoring, and find meaningful work. That place is the Old Bristol Magistrates Courts (The Courts). An enterprise centre to help young people set up their own creative businesses and develop their opportunities. A place where there are no barriers to their future, where the only things that count are their abilities and talents. Thanks to the The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Bristol City Council we are developing detailed business and architectural plans to reimagine and redevelop this historic city landmark as a place that will complement Bristol’s renowned and growing creative industries sector. To get involved and keep up to date with our progress, sign up to our newsletter. The Problem with Creativity The Creative Surplus UK creative industries are a true success story. They are growing at twice the rate of the UK economy, while employment in the sector grows at four times the rate of the national workforce. Creative industries form a key sector of UK industry, generating around £92 billion per annum and contributing more than 5% of the UK economy (DCMS, 2017). Taken as a whole, the creative industries employ about 15,900 people in the Bristol and Bath area. The region’s creatives are estimated to be 50% more productive than the UK average and productivity in creative businesses across Bristol and Bath has increased by 106% since 1999. The Creative Deficit All those positive statistics mask stark reminders about how inequality and other disadvantages are stopping many very able young people from entering the creative industries. White people hold 88% of the jobs and only 11% are occupied by BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) people. Men dominate the sector holding 63% of the jobs. In the gaming industry, a creative field in which the UK excels, 86% of jobs are held by men, 96% by white people. It is also significantly difficult if a young person comes from state education. Since 2010, there has been a 28% drop in the number of students taking creative GCSEs, with a corresponding drop in the number of specialist arts teachers. Our Solution The Courts will throw open the doors to creativity through an open, enabling and supportive environment for those talented but disadvantaged or marginalised young people seeking to enter the creative industries. Floor by floor plan Basement It is envisaged the basement level (the old cell block) will contain incubator space and enterprise workshops for young people. Our plan is to let this space on a short-term and quick-release basis for people looking to develop a business, or starting out as a young professional. Ground floor The ground floor currently has four courtrooms, one of which will be restored to its original condition and offered as a film, television and performance location. The remaining rooms will be developed into lettable spaces for multipurpose use. These will include space for Creative Youth Network services, for creative industries, youth participation work, performance, gallery exhibition and a bar/café.A public entry will ensure everyone, regardless of their physical ability, can use the same entrance. First, second & third floors The first, second and third floors will provide 1,115m² of high-quality office space let commercially and accommodating around 110 workers. These tenant organisations will share our organisational values and ethos for the building.A new lift will connect all four floors, again ensuring full access, while the old staircase will be retained as a heritage feature. We are also considering a green-roof across some of the open spaces covering the rooftop to complement the high-spec insulation, heating and cooling, and energy conservation measures planned to ensure The Courts has the lowest possible environmental impact. About us Blog Open call for actors Eclipse Eclipse is a small scale production that explores issues of gender, sexuality and relationships between young people. The first stage of the play's development took place last year following Alice’s residency within youth clubs in Bristol, which culminated in a rehearsed reading. This is the second phase of development with hopes of the piece going on tour in the Autumn. The show will be funny, challenging, moving and provocative. Alice Nicholas completed the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. Her recent work includes Christmas Turkey (2016) & Cinderella (2015) for Creative Youth Network, Sherman Swingers for the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and Honest for Theatre 6 regional tour 2014 including Alma Tavern, Bristol, Salisbury Playhouse and New Wimbledon Theatre Studio. Rehearsals will take place for two weeks commencing 10th April 2017 at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol. Production week beginning 24th April with performances 26-28th April at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol. Equity rates apply We are looking for: 2-3 actors Aged late teens - early 20’s with playing age mid-late teens Male, female and transgender applicants welcome All ethnicities welcome to apply We welcome actors of all backgrounds for all of the roles, and encourage performers with experience / training in movement to apply. We are ideally looking for actors from Bristol or the surrounding areas, but will be open to all applicants. Apply now To apply please send CV and headshot to [email protected]. Deadline for applications Wednesday 1st March. We aim to send out invites to audition on the 3rd March. Availability You must be available for all of the following: Auditions will be held on Thurs 9th March from 11am to 1pm at The Station, Silver St, Bristol, BS1 2AG Rehearsals will take place for two weeks from 10th April at The Station, Silver St, Bristol, BS1 2A1. Some weekend rehearsals may be needed. The production week is 24th April and performances 26-28th April at The Station, Bristol. For more information please contact Alice by emailing [email protected]. How can we help?