After a series of panels learning about digital literacy, entrepreneurship, co-creation and funding makerspaces in libraries – have a go at using the tools, equipment and materials at a council ran, community-led makerspace in Barnsley.
The Makerlab at DMC 02 is located in the centre of Barnsley within a co-working space. It has close links with the Barnsley Central Library Makerspace in the Lightbox. You should definitely ask the library to see their makerspace before heading up to DMC 02 Makerlab.
At the Makerspace Market, you’ll see get live demonstrations of a laser cutter, vinyl cutter and 3D printer. You’ll have the chance to make your own creations with hand tools and augmented reality while talking to people who started their businesses in a shared space, have benefitted from sharing tools and equipment or have ran makerspaces.
The team who started the Barnsley DMC 02 Makerlab will be with us. Please ask them all your questions about starting a makerspace while you’re with us. The Makerlab is the third makerspace started by this team. It’s not officially open yet so the process will still be fresh in their minds.
Our volunteer engineers from our Ingenious funded programme (you’ll meet the funders at our Funding a Makerspace workshop) will also be on hand to share how a space like the Makerlab could have helped them choose engineering as a career and how they use makerspaces now.
We are taking Covid very seriously. Therefore we ask that you take a lateral flow test before attending and do not attend if you are showing symptoms of Covid. Our staff team will be wearing face masks for the duration of the event.
The venue is well ventilated and has hand sanitiser available throughout the venue.
To ensure can all socially distance in the venue, we are limiting the total capacity of this event to 15 visitors.
If you have any questions, comments or requests, please contact Kisha at Kisha@brightbox.org.uk
Reserve your place for our other introduction to makerspace workshops:
Meet entrepreneurs who started their businesses from a shared community makerspace using collaborative spaces to learn and create.
Learn direct from the funders what they are looking for in a viable makerspace and what activities they would like to fund.
Role models attending
Founder and CEO
From as early as I can remember, my mom and dad were entertaining neighbourhood kids, organising summer clubs and volunteering to keep the local baseball fields tidy.
Kisha Bradley has 13 years’ experience as a mentor and educator of engineering and design thinking in the 30% most deprived communities in England, the US and Germany. She was a research and development engineer at Fortune 500 companies including Cummins Engines and Bosch. She studied Mechanical Engineering in the US and holds a master’s in international business management from the University of Sheffield.
Kisha is our founder and CEO. Throughout her career, Kisha has focused on the importance of role models and representation in pursuing careers and the responsibility of tech, engineering and creative sectors to value lived experience, include community, and dismantle oppressive workplace cultures to create better solutions for everyone.
To unwind from the emotional labour this work requires, Kisha enjoys walking the peaks at the weekend and discovering her community on daily walks and runs. She loves baking, reading and dabbling in linocut, embroidery and tending to her garden.
Elle is a creative based in the lovely city of Sheffield. Elle is eager to grow, play and learn with each community. “Communities will be involved in all parts of design and delivery. Their voices will create the toolkit for co-created events and programming.”
Elle is a creative based in the lovely city of Sheffield. Working primarily as Maker-in-Residence for Brightbox, she also freelances in design and communication. She has worked and volunteered with several Sheffield-based art charities and social-enterprises. Elle is co-founder of community collective established for uniting under-represented groups in the music industry – woman, non-binary and trans folk. Joining the Brightbox team in May 2021, she is eager to grow, play and learn with each community. “Communities will be involved in all parts of design and delivery. Their voices will create the toolkit for co-created events and programming.”
She graduated from BA Product Design in Sheffield, 2018, and worked with a local young-people’s art group before relocating to Bristol to work for a Bath-based design consultancy. Here she focused on trends, foresight and consumer research. She received press-recognition for a project brief she created, Suhka, which focuses on innovating femtech and wellness to become more accessible and inclusive. Just less than year later, she moved back to Sheffield to work more closely with the community and city she loves!
You would normally find her hosting “dhal and decks” evenings every other Wednesday for aspiring DJ’s, music lovers and dancers to meet and share skills. She has been helping to continue connecting people, music and culture together during lockdown through an online series of DIY tutorials, talks and discussions. Other hobbies include cycling, quad roller-skating, gardening or down a rabbit hole discovering new music.