Multi-faceted Peter Davison has joined Eastleigh’s newest creative hubs, The Sorting Office and Tec Hub, as programme manager.
He heads the creative spaces under the Recreate programme, a European funded cross-border initiative of 11 cities and urban areas that aims to transform vacant town centre commercial and cultural spaces and create opportunities for a new generation of creative enterprises.
As well as co-ordinating the programme of events at each of the creative work spaces Davison, who joins the Recreate programme from Portsmouth University where he worked in Research and Innovation, will offer business development and mentorship to artists and residents based at both hubs.
An actor, voice-over artist, business mentor and published author Davison has a breadth of experience in the creative industries, making him perfectly placed to help nurture and develop the wealth of creative talent in both The Sorting Office and Tec Hub.
Housed in Eastleigh Town Centre’s former postal sorting building, The Sorting Office is a thriving designer maker studio home to 16 artists from illustrators and textile designers to an award-winning ceramicist and glass designer. As part of the Recreate programme, residents at the hub are given access to a range of opportunities including cross-Channel exchange programmes, funded development courses and business assistance and mentorship. The hub also receives support from Arts Council.
Located in a wing of Wessex House, Eastleigh’s vibrant business centre, Tec Hub is a supported workspace specially created for creative digital and tech start-ups and businesses. Under the Recreate programme, the flexible “Pop-up” workspace offers a range of benefits to its members, too, including regular networking and collaboration opportunities and a business surgery.
Speaking about joining the hubs as Recreate Programme Manager, Davison said: I am very excited to join Eastleigh as the ReCreate Programme Manager.
“Having worked as a self-employed artist, understanding the struggles and the joys that come from this journey, I’m looking forward to really getting to work with the residents of The Sorting Office, all of whom are ridiculously talented, and to supporting the new intake of games designers, film makers, digital storyboard artists, etc. who will join us through Eastleigh’s new Tech Hub in the coming months.
“Running a creative business is all about learning new skills, taking risks, sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing. It is about adapting. I’m here to help the resident artists to learn new things and ways of working, to look after them when things don’t work, and to celebrate with them when they do. And above all else, to help them to achieve their goals, no mater how big or small.”