We're moving! - Effervescent

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Dear friends,

We want to share our news that we’ll be leaving Radiant Gallery at the end of July.

We’re sad to be leaving the building as we’ve had some amazing times there, but this is the start of an exciting new phase in our plans to help even more children and young people.

Since we took over the space and converted it from an abandoned bank into an art gallery, studio space, creative offices and RumpusCosy café we have welcomed thousands of customers, gallery visitors, and young people into the space.

We’ve made shows with children and young people about being lonely, growing up with addiction, dogs and friendship, and confessing awkward, silly, and terrible regrets.  We made a Christmas grotto with children that attracted thousands of people every year and was featured on the front page of The Times and The Guardian.

Young people’s exhibitions (The Cold Truth and I’m Beautiful Now) were finalists for the National Lottery Awards two years in a row and local teenagers who had experienced foster care won the national Hearts for the Arts Award for their campaign; I Am Not A Robot.

The work we have been doing has been featured by the UK Government, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the British Council and Arts Council England. We were honoured to be named a creative partner of Plymouth University and to develop a long-term research project with Exeter University.

Over the last two years we have developed partnerships with social investors NESTA and Resonance that are helping us to become more sustainable so we can continue collaborating with children and young people to say the things that need to be said to the people who most need to hear it. These days, we make most of our creative work for digital distribution or for stunts in the public realm, or with partners using their venues around the country. So we have decided that we can do our best work with young people by working where those young people need us to be, rather than asking them to come to us. This has the added benefit of reducing our overheads so we can do even more work with children and more young people.

So, we are leaving Radiant. Over the next month we will pack up 50 dancing robots, a carousel, a giant pull-along dog and boxes full of glass-cast children’s shoes, and we will start working remotely.

If you’ve ever had your eye on anything we own, now is the time to shout. If you’d like to buy a gigantic conference table or a beautiful Victorian writing desk, or a massive and beautiful selection of theatre lighting, let us know – it will help us cover the removal costs and we can’t store all of it.

Finally, thank you. Thank you for coming to openings, for buying a cake, and huge thanks to all the wonderful people who helped us convert Radiant in the first place.

Because of the virus we’re not able to throw a goodbye party, but we will still be working in the city and we hope to see you soon.

Please do keep in touch, and let us know if you would like to collaborate on something.

The Eff team