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New entrepreneurs showcase at HSDC Pop-up market

June 25, 2024

HSDC’s  recent ‘Not Yet on The High Street’ pop-up market showcased the best products from Creative Enterprise UAL Level 4 Diploma students  to fellow artists, local shop owners and general public.

The college partnered with the council to support this year’s Creative Enterprise cohort. Each student was awarded a financial contribution to support their business.

Read more  Council supports HSDC’s creative enterprise students

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. Jason Fazackarley attended the market and spoke with students who have benefitted from the support.

Cllr Jason Fazackarley, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth said:

“The ‘Not Yet on The High Street’ project is an inspiration. The ingenuity of these student entrepreneurs are a testament to the talent we have in our community. By aligning our business support programme with these young minds, we’re investing in the future of our local economy. I have no doubt these students will go on to achieve great things.”

Paul Parsons, who teaches Creative Enterprise, added:

“It has been another brilliant academic year for our Creative Enterprise students. This year, they have created a wide variety of businesses, from clothing to abstract paintings and much more. Notably, one student even created his own board game!

The support from Portsmouth City Council has significantly elevated our Creative Enterprise course. Their contribution, which has enabled each student to grow their business, gave the students a real springboard to invest wisely and connect more successfully with the industry.”

At the pop-up market

Artists, shop owners and industry professionals attended to view the large range of creations on display. This was an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their innovative ideas, and enabled them to network.

Lilith Thorne at HSDC's Pop-up market
Lilith Thorne at HSDC’s Pop-up market

Student Chloe Mew, who had an array of beautiful postcards on display, said:

“I have really enjoyed creating my postcards and it has been great to have creative freedom with no limit on what I could create.”

Student Lucy Knight, who was selling several beautifully designed prints said:

“The Creative Enterprise course has been great and has allowed me to be independent. It has been an excellent way to go in my own direction whilst figuring out my individual style.”

Student Lillith Thorne, who works as a tattoo artist alongside working on her own business added:

“I have studied Art & Design at HSDC South Downs previously and have now progressed onto the Creative Enterprise course. I have had previous market experience at the College, but it is great to now have lots more freedom with my work.”

Find out more about the Creative Enterprise course at HSDC South Downs

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