pop_up was set up in December 2010 as an experiment in building a network around creative practice and social media. It is now a fast growing community of creatives and geeks, sharing ideas and showcasing their work online via flickr and off-line at events.
I have now run eight monthly events in Totnes, including a dedicated film night and a retro games night curated with remode studios. @mistergough has since firmly established pop_up in Somerset with four great events in Taunton. In addition, we have been able to collaborate with inspiring people such as @socialtechno and @jwengwell who are now to helping shape future pop_up plans, and support like-minded initiatives such as @TQ9.
As Exeter is our Redfront base @mistergough, @shinyshoeclaire and I are increasingly aware of the dynamic practice and cross-over between creatives and geeks in the city. Exeter has some wonderfully active networks and events ranging from Ann Holman’s fantastic Random events, to Designed in Devon’s get-togethers to @robjglover’s smartphone pub quizzes. The recent Exeter Cultural Partnership launch also promises great things for the future.
So Exeter is a natural place for the next pop_up location, and I am delighted that @shinyshoeclaire will be your host. The first Exeter pop_up on Thursday 8th September at the cafe bar in Exeter Phoenix. If you live in or around Exeter then please come along.
Totnes pop_up continues to be the first Thursday of every month while Taunton pop_ups are every last Thursday. You can find all event details and join the pop_up community on Facebook.
For the future we are looking at some solid infrastructure development to support our community and are, of course, always looking for new locations. If you want to host your own pop_up then let me know.