Artisans Collective was formed during 2012 by a group of local crafts people and artists. Who were organizing weekly Artisan markets on Prestatyn High Street.
To help awareness of local shopping during the opening of a new shopping park in town.
In 2014 The town’s library was moved to new premises leaving the old unit dis-used.
The group saw the opportunity to develop the idea further and formalized their structure by becoming a social enterprise, and became a Community Interest Company.
They then entered 18 months of negotiations with the county council to obtain a lease on the old library for use as an artisans centre.
The original concept was to use the centre as an outlet for local artisan products with each participant paying a weekly rent.
Since opening in November 2014 the centre has evolved into a community hub, due to local demand for the activities we now facilitate.
Prestatyn Men’s Shed each Tuesday morning from 10-30am.
Stop Smoking Wales from 5pm until 7pm each Tuesday evening.
Aimee’s Art Group each Friday Morning.
Jayne’ Children’s art and craft workshops Saturdays.
Yvette’s Crochet sessions Saturdays.
During 2015 we also participated in many local and national initiatives to help benefit our community and improve our locality including:
- Voluntary Arts week
- Wales in Bloom
- Incredible Edible
- Grow Wild
- Treasure Chest Breast Cancer Support Group
- Ehlers-Danlos Support UK
- Healthy High streets
- The Great British High Street awards
- Prestatyn Town Council Events including facilitating the Christmas grotto and lights turn on and DCC reopening of the Nova event.
- The “Romans Return” heritage event at Prestatyn Town Football Club
- Prestatyn flower show
- Prestatyn classic car show
- Denbighshire County Council, Ty Nant Development Consultations.
- St David’s Day drop in art and craft sessions supported by Principality Building Society.
- Working with Coleg Llandrillo facilitating “Traineeships” sessions.
- Providing the artwork for Prestatyn mayor’s 2016 calendar and Christmas cards.
Working with other organisations
We also have a collection point for the Calgary Church foodbank.
Flexible room hire is available for a variety of community uses during the week.
During 2014 and 2015 we had a short term lease arrangement with Denbighshire County Council.
At the start of 2016 we have the opportunity to obtain a longer term lease, due to the possibility of the local health board taking up occupancy of the adjacent building and land.
We are therefore looking for funding opportunities to enable long term stability to increase our community involvement and to include more “health and wellbeing” activities.
Our initial plans include installing a disabled toilet and enabling works to allow us to utilise the upper floor.
2014 Prestatyn Town Council Community Awards Community Group Winners
2015 Prestatyn Town Council Community Awards Community Group Winners
2015 Wales in Bloom It’s your Neighbourhood Award Level 3.