Pop_up Exeter LAUNCHED by… me!

14 Sep

“Scratch a happy person and you’ll find a project”, said David Gauntlett at a recent talk at Spacex gallery. In this talk he proposed that web 2.0 was like a communal garden or allotment; together so much more can be cultivated than could be alone.

Phillippa Rose, supported by Redfront (and Simon Gough) started pop_up as a project, and within nine months it has grown to three locations, with over 100 active supporters and 500 images in the group flickr pool. pop_up is a success because of the support and collaboration from the creative and geek community in Devon and the South West.

Over 60 people, came to the launch of Exeter pop_up. They had heard about the event though social media, word of mouth and existing networking groups like Exeter Cultural Partnership, Exeter Tweet Up, Designed In Devon and Random Exeter.

Top topics of conversation:

  • Torbay Chapter’s Designed In Devon Zombie Halloween Party
  • Ann Holman’s charity bike ride for ELF – you can even join her on the last day from Dawlish & cycle back to Exeter – I’ll be there!
  • The Exeter Contemporary Open 2011 – who had rsvp’d and who hadn’t
  • Paying the rent – the jobs we take to keep doing what we love!

It turns out that David Gaunlett was right – I love having pop_up as a project. The organising, hosting and launching Exeter of pop_up was more fun than I could have imagined. So I’m going to run another!

The next Exeter pop_up will be Thursday 13th October. It’s for creatives & geeks to mingle & submit work / play to the showcase… so b there and b square!

Join in here >> www.facebook.com/popupSW

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