our “why”

After the earthquakes there were no spaces for artists and creative individuals, groups, organizations and industries to connect, produce, showcase, and develop their work.

So Exchange opened as a testing ground for musicians, artists, designers, and makers of all sorts to come together and practice in a messy, low-risk, productive and environment.

A city where artists/creativity thrive and experimentation is encouraged will champion innovation, a diverse economy, and happy citizens doing work they love.

Preston | Exchange Operator | “Artist Hype-man”

Preston | Exchange Operator | “Artist Hype-man”

Personally: Celebrate each other.
In the rise of technology and social media, comes the need for more human connection, building community, and deeper relationships. The creative process being a challenging and vulnerable journey, and it helps to have a support group behind you offering feedback.

Whether you’re creative or not, many today are faced with the pain of social isolation. XCHC has become a place where people feel comfortable with expressing themselves and their creativity without feeling judged, but supported.

Cultivating a Creative Ecology: A city full of thriving artists running sustainable businesses is the future we’re creating.

Cultivating a Creative Ecology:
A city full of thriving artists running sustainable businesses is the future we’re creating.

Professionally: Disrupt.
We do things differently.
We are a for-purpose (not-for-profit) business that exists to serve a social and creative need in the city and its citizens; generally known as Social Enterprise. By running a business providing space for creative and cultural experiences and growth, we fill a social gap that produces a stronger sense of community, contributes to our wellbeing, and brings joy while also building creative capacity and a more diverse and resilient economy.

XCHC is an evolving prototype. We leverage business to provide meaningful jobs, personal and professional development, education, and experiences that build value in our daily lives.

in only 5 years We’ve hosted :

800+ events
80+ exhibitions
120+ artists in residents

accommodation (since 2017):

180 guests | 17 countries

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) our are guide and these are our current targets: