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Real Ideas Organisation in talks to take on Ocean Studios

RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – has today [Wednesday 28 February 2017] revealed that it is in talks to take on the management of Ocean Studios, the creative space for local makers situated on Royal William Yard.

RIO is working with Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England who both support RIO taking the helm to offer expertise and support as it enters its next phase of growth and development.

Based in the south west, but with international reach, RIO is an award winning social enterprise, well known for its track record of successfully managing creative, multi-use spaces in historic buildings. Now in its 10th year, RIO first worked with Plymouth City Council back in 2007 when it took on the renovation and management of Devonport Guildhall, which it has run successfully, without revenue funding, since 2010. RIO also works closely with Plymouth Culture and together are keen to see a Creative Industries Plan developed for the city to support those working in the sector.

Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of RIO, she said: “We are delighted to be in talks with Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England with a view to supporting Ocean Studios in the next phase of its growth and prosperity.

“Ocean Studios has already established itself as an important part of the city’s cultural landscape. It is a fantastic facility for both established and emerging artists and as part of a strategy to better support Creative Industries in the city we believe there is huge potential for Ocean Studios to grow, develop and prosper, whilst maintaining its vision as an accessible creative space for Plymouth.”

Dom Jinks, Director of Plymouth Culture said: “RIO has a strong track record in managing cultural assets in the city, including the renovation of Devonport Guildhall and the upcoming Devonport Markethall transformation.

“RIO supports the creative industries to flourish and is a key partner in Plymouth’s continued cultural growth.”


About RIO

RIO has a strong and proven track record of working with Plymouth City Council, having collaborated on high profile public projects including Devonport Guildhall, Devonport Column and the Market Hall. RIO’s social enterprise business acumen has seen it make a success of Devonport Guildhall and Column, and set up the award winning Column Bakehouse; RIO builds strong business and commercial bases for its projects, setting them up for success. 

RIO is also an Infrastructure Support Organisation for Arts Council England, working with cultural organisations and practitioners right across the south west. RIO has more than a decade’s worth of experience supporting arts practitioners across a wide range of disciplines, including visuals arts.

The experience of offering cultural support, teamed with the social enterprise business model it runs, makes RIO an ideal partner to support Ocean Studios on the next steps in its journey.

For more information visit www.realideas.org