WHAT IS HATCHSPACE?
HatchSpace is a membership workspace in Brattleboro Vermont where craftspeople - beginning with woodworkers – exercise, share and move toward mastery of their craft. The best of membership work will be displayed and offered for sale in a public HatchSpace Gallery.
The HatchSpace will operate as a community resource by subscription or membership for the use of local craftspeople, tuned to woodworking in the beginning and incorporating other crafts areas over time.
It will provide on-site training and support, stationary machines not available to the beginner or home hobbyist, and eventually, access to other disciplines such as ceramics, glass, metal, and leather. The space will provide a gathering place for area craftspeople to exchange knowledge, ideas and fellowship.
HatchSpace will offer access to locally sourced materials and direction to a wide range of regional resources.
WHAT DOES HATCHSPACE OFFER?
The first phase of HatchSpace will be a state of the art woodworking shop. members can work on our machines and order materials they need.
Master classes in a range of techniques and disciplines will be offered by Guild of Vermont master furniture makers and other visiting master craftspeople. Mentoring of members at all levels of expertise will be ongoing through the community created by a shared workspace.
The HatchSpace Gallery
HatchSpace Gallery will be a cooperative retail business engaged in the display, marketing, selling and commissioning of the very best work of master wooden fine art and furniture makers in and around Vermont. The masters and other invited artists and craftspeople will be made available to the community through storytelling, lectures and workshops conducted at the associated work space.
2018-19 - Due to the generosity of Dave Snyder and Sara Coffey of Guilford Sound and Vermont Performance Lab, HatchSpace is able to secure space for its first year and begin gathering and installing equipment. The immediate focus is on enrolling members, signing commercial underwriting and securing private and public grants to further equip and furnish the facility. Founding members of HatchSpace and potential Advisory Board members will be identified to help facilitate networking and direction. Founding One-Year Memberships only are available until December 15, 2018 when general membership opens for enrollment.
December 2018 - January 2019 - HatchSpace Gallery will debut the work of master furniture makers affiliated with HatchSpace in The Latchis 4 gallery space and open the workspace for Founding member use.
2018-21 - Pursue additional mentorship and training programs through outside organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, BUHS Career Center, Vermont Technical College, and area employers of skilled trades workers.
2018-21 - Facilitate collaborative events with the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center’s ancient objects collection by hosting academics studying the origins of handmade craft while providing hands-on exercises in the crafts themselves.
HOW DOES HATCHSPACE DO THIS?
HatchSpace will operate as a mission of The Hatch, Inc. non-profit corporation managing both the workspace and the gallery space. A board of not less than three directors along with an executive director will be responsible for the management, marketing and fiscal health of the endeavor with assistance from the membership.
In addition to a safe, supportive workspace HatchSpace will:
Hatch Space is located in a 5000 square foot space adjacent to the new Mocha Joe’s roasting facility at 35 Frost St – the former Cultural Intrigues building. The gallery space will occupy a portion of the 1000 square feet in the front of the building adjacent to the Mocha Joe’s training center and tasting room. There will also be temporary pop-up gallery viewings in other downtown locations, including the Latchis Gallery next to the Latchis Theater through the 2018 holiday season.