About Us


A place to be.

Welcome to the Ideas Hub!

The Ideas Hub Chelmsford is a registered charity.

The Ideas Hub’s objectives are based around community cohesion and education. The Hub strives not to replicate what is already available in the local community, but works at “filling” the gaps within the remit of its objectives.

The Ideas Hub has identified the following gaps in Chelmsford:

Lack of Cultural opportunities: the Ideas hub runs an annual Festival of Ideas and will soon promote local cultural events via its website and Facebook page.

Lack of visual arts provision/ gallery: the Ideas Hub has facilitated the set-up of a network of local artists. As an example, a group of artists have collaborated on a ‘Rain Art’ project across the City centre. Next steps include the re-establishment of an Art Trail in Chelmsford, running regular life drawing classes, and working with local businesses to have local art exhibited in the windows of empty shops. We are also hoping to resume our visual art classes for young people.

Lack of opportunities across all age groups in creative, engineering, science, and design/ technology, especially for 11-16 years old: the Ideas Hub is working with the  Chelmsford Society of Engineering and Science (CSES), local schools, Youth Groups, both local universities, and local ‘STEM Ambassadors’ to establish a Makers Space and Out-Reach projects to provide STEAM workshops opportunities across the City.

Tackling loneliness for all ages and backgrounds: the Ideas Hub is filling this gap through the above projects.

The Ideas Hub is friendly space in central Chelmsford run as a charity for the local community by the community. Our vision is to encourage, support and enable people to come together, share together and learn together – building a stronger, thriving and more sustainable future for Chelmsford.

We offer local individuals, groups, charities, clubs and societies the opportunity to participate in and/or host events and workshops by providing a range of classes and events and a venue which can be hired at  a very competitive price.

We have a great Art cafe whose walls we use to exhibit art by local artists and where we are serving drinks, snacks and lunches at a competitive price throughout the day. We actively support Fairtrade, organic, and local options in the cafe, as well special alternatives including vegan, vegetarian, and ‘free-from’.

We are  a registered charity focused on community  and education, promoting art & culture, languages, music, and social & multicultural inclusion and awareness, etc in the community.

We are entirely volunteer led and run and our main income is from our Art cafe and space hire. We are lucky to have the generous support of High Chelmer to use the space in the centre of Chelmsford.

The Ideas Hub was started by Leonie Ramondt and Changing Chelmsford as an Ideas Festival café and venue on the 22nd of September 2012. Through the ideas and energy of so many generous people, especially co-founders Heather Hall and Yogesh Taylor who weathered the bitterly cold winter of 2012, the ‘pop-up’ space has has grown into what it is today.

We provide a welcoming, friendly flexible space, and you provide the ideas and the energy!