Arts, creativity and people are at the heart of Traenerhus

Published: Monday 3rd July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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A brand new community art space has opened in Hull’s Old Town. We caught up with Pru Todd, Owner and Director, to find out more.

Traenerhus is located opposite the picturesque Museums Quarter and will offer a range of creative workshops, as well as serve as a co-working area for local artists and crafters.

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Launched on Saturday, the community-focused project is the brainchild of Pru, who is already actively involved with the arts and crafts scene in the city.

The small yet beautiful space was an old coach house, hence the name Traenerhus, which is the Danish translation. The spot first caught Pru’s eye as she was walking past and spotted the huge window, perfect for a workshop area.

“We have one large room for working in and there’s also another room at the back, as well as kitchen facilities,” Pru tells us. “The entrance area serves as a small shop where our makers can showcase some of their products.`’

“We’re sort of letting Traenerhus grow organically and let it become whatever it wants to.”

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Pru has been working alongside makers in Hull for quite a few years, most notably Judy’s Attic. The cooperative promotes the work of creatives through workshops, gift shops and an online directory.

“One thing that we were lacking was a space where we could sit and work together,” she explains. “A lot of makers often feel quite isolated. With Traenerhus, they can come together, have a cup of tea and make.”

“It’s an informal office environment to swap ideas, skills-share and help each other with things like costing work and health and safety.”

Traenerhus has tea and coffee making facilities and communal resources. You can also hire the space to run your own workshops.

“We have all sorts coming up, such as a crochet club, sewing classes, basket weaving, mosaic sessions and illustration demonstrations. Our first printmaking workshop sold out in the first 36 hours of us putting it online,” Pru continues.

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Pru, who is a community worker by day, is looking forward to having the time and space to focus on her own creative projects:

“My ambition is to take two days out of the week to explore different mediums and materials,” she says happily. “At the moment, I find that I end up being the organiser of community arts, rather than actually crafting.”

It’s clear from chatting with Pru that her passion is making arts and crafts accessible to all who want to be involved:

“It’s such good fun. I really love being around people and seeing where the materials take them. You can all have the same bag of resources and each person will come up with something entirely different,” she adds.

“It’s about being together and telling stories whilst you are making. There are so many health benefits to crafting something of your own.”

You can find Traenerhus at 167 High Street in Hull. It’s open Tuesday to Saturday 11am until 4:30pm. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact traenerhus@gmail.com. You can also keep up to date with the space on Facebook and Instagram.

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Published: Monday 3rd July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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