Not far away another set of siblings are providing a new and exciting co-working and cultural space in a disused factory. Mums Julia Harris and Sarah Valentin have been working together for ten years but started The Sustainable Studio in mid-2016 after three months slog to make it a vibrant and comfortable co-working space with studios and workshops for 15 makers and businesses, and community use.
“We’ve worked with young people when they were 11 and we’re now seeing them at university studying topics we introduced them to. It’s a privilege to be a part of others’ journeys,” says Sarah, who works with students from Cardiff Met, University of South Wales, and nearby Cardiff And Vale College.
Having run a successful crowd funder in 2017, The Sustainable Studio transformed the factory’s top floor into one of the hottest creative spaces in town, and was used as gallery space for Diffusion, the international photography festival.
The sisters are as passionate about their hometown as they are about community involvement and helping others fulfil their potential.
“Cardiff is finding its identity. We are putting ourselves out there, and that’s really exciting. There’s increasingly a sense of self-belief,” says Julia. “We all say that Cardiff’s like a village. Its size and intimacy can be a real strength – it is accessible, it is flat for cycling, and we have beautiful parks in the heart of the city.”