Friary Villas | 2-3 Friary Street | Derby | DE1 1JF | 07948 266652

Space for Hire

The Creative Space

Event and workshop space for hire in our Derby studio. Adjacent to our working letterpress studio and separated by folding doors, is a flexible space that benefits from the gentle buzz of a creative environment.

The Creative Space

If you’re looking for an inspirational place to work, the Creative Space is perfect for creative activities on your own or in small groups; for informal meetings, networking, talks, small parties (including children’s parties), creative activities and hot-desking.

The Creative Space is available to hire on an hourly or daily basis, and includes Wi-Fi access. There are also kitchen and WC facilities at your disposal, and in the summer months it may be possible to spill out into the courtyard to the rear of the studio (subject to British weather!).

Previous guests to the Creative Space have included calligraphers, poets, zine makers, Islamic geometry and origami artists, printmaking, photography, cyanotype, networks and art groups.

The space is also available to hire for private use including get-togethers, home schooling, as a space to work on personal projects, or even just the opportunity to do something creative with your mates!

To fully appreciate the space and the flexibility that we offer, we recommend a visit.


Mint Green Calligraphy workshop

How to Book

Arrange a time and date to visit the space or book a slot by emailing us.

Check out our workshops here

  • Opening Hours are between 9am and 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Out of Hours are between 5pm and 9pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Wednesday

Some of the classes that have been held in The Creative Space:

Origami workshop at the Smallprint Company

Origami workshop with Matt Edwards

Calligraphy with Mint Green Calligraphy

Case Binding with Matt Edwards

Time Slot1 hour2 hours3 hoursDay Rate (7 hours)
Monday ⁠— Friday, 10am⁠ — 5pm£10£9 p/h (£18)£8 p/h (£24)£7 p/h (£49)
Saturday, 10am ⁠— 5pm£12£11 p/h (£22)£10 p/h (£30)£9 p/h (£63)
Evenings, 6pm ⁠— 9pm£12£11 p/h (£22)£11 p/h (£33)N/A

Need to Know

he main space is suitable for up to 6 people to meet, create and inspire.

— Available to hire by the hour or by the day

— Creative atmosphere
— Free Wi-Fi
— Table and chairs are provided
— Ideal for up to 6 guests
— Morning, afternoon, evening or weekend slots available
— Central location and close to city centre car parks
— Tea and coffee making facilities
— WC
— Out of hours time slots subject to availability
— We are not open on Sundays
— Gift cards are available

Please note that The Creative Space is not fully enclosed and we can be open to the public / working in the studios to the rear. However, exclusive hire is available. Please enquire.

Enjoy Your Stay

We don’t provide food but you’re most welcome to bring refreshments with you. Refreshments can be enjoyed in the Creative Space or our little courtyard during the warmer months.

Making a special trip to Derby?

There are many fantastic local places to eat, including Annie's Burger Shack right next door, and stay so please get in touch for our recommendations!

About The Smallprint Co.

Hannah and Chris have brought their passion for print to the high street with their boutique studio close to the centre of Derby and its famous Cathedral Quarter. The team prints letterpress commissions for private clients and small businesses, facilitates workshops on and off site and produces a range of popular greetings cards for retail. A gallery is situated to the front of the studio which shows work by printmakers and workshop attendees alike. They welcome volunteers to the studio to help with cataloguing their expanding collection of type too, so get in touch if you fancy getting your hands inky!