THECREATIVELAB is a community interest company that was founded in 2017 by Chris Kidd & Mikey Mathieson. As artists we struggled with our own art business for many years. It was very difficult in the commercial marketplace, ruled by large high street chains, to find appropriate spaces to get our artwork out into the public domain to make a living from what we loved to do. Therefore we decided to start a retail space for creative individuals that would enable them to sell their work in an environment that as small businesses or individuals they would otherwise not be able to access, with the added benefit of no commission being taken from their retail earnings.
Our fundamental mission is to provide innovative spaces for the creative community that ensures a supportive experience and provides access to collective quality resources in an ever-changing marketplace. The company exists to promote and develop creative individuals and companies to achieve commercial exposure and success to enable them to make a living from the creative passion.
At its inception, we accommodated just 20 individual creatives, enabling them to retail their handmade, artistic products in a mainstream high street shopping centre. To date we have engaged over 80 individual artists, makers, inventors & creatives, assisting them to develop their brand, business and retail income.
The space has a wonderful warm and welcoming feeling where shoppers can browse, chat and buy at their leisure without high sales pressure from staff. A must visit in the East Riding of Yorkshire.