Smithdown Social Club to Develop Digital Platform for Creative Artists

Due to the extended closure caused by Covid-19 restrictions, Smithdown Social Club will develop a digital platform to give artists an alternative platform to practice their art.

The various lockdown restrictions since March 2020 led to a pivot in the creative arts strategy of Smithdown Social Club that has represented various creative arts over the past two years. This has included music, film, writing, fashion, arts and crafts, theatre and dance as well as events that promote community wellbeing.

Paul Tsanos, Technical and Events Director, said, ‘Our venue provides a much needed income and community platform for creative artists.

The only option to secure our future and that of our artists under lockdown restrictions, was to imagine Smithdown Social Club as a digital platform, until full capacity is permitted again at our venue.’

With funding support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council of England, a digitalisation model has started to develop. It will create valuable content to help creative artists and the community to continue to share creativity safely in the event that restrictions continue or are restarted at a future date.

The new vision will position Smithdown Social club as a fully digitalised community creative arts platform to explore ways to generate income streams for creative artists and ensure Smithdown Social Club can continue for generations to come.