During the Summer of 2012, I designed, coordinated and helped deliver a programme of events at two empty shop spaces in South Lincolnshire.
Holbeach is proving very popular with the local community who pop in for a cuppa and chat and to let us know their view on the empty shops style of arts delivery…..which so far is very supportive! We are also hoping to be a ‘community hub’, raising awareness of the community groups that exist and providing a central space for networking/co-working.
Some of our programmed activities:
Nuno felt making
Dancing in the street
Community art gallery
Community information board
Recycled plastic flowers
Sculpture and more
Here’s a short video of a wonderful moment of cross generational craft sharing
Here are some of the messages left on our post-its:
Q: what do you think pop up spaces can contribute to a place?
Lots to do, fun activities, fun
Free things to do
Learn new things
Pop up space almost the same as Pop-in for company and tea, good for young and old Holbeach folk….welcome to both
Q: what would you like to improve about your town?
More books in the library
Free car parking
Move it to Spain
More street parties
A swimming pool
Free money shop
A skate park
More art stuff
More art shops for children to have fun
I yarnbombed our window cleaner’s ladder the first day we opened and he’s very proud of his piece of street art.
Through the empty shop project so far we feel we’ve:
engaged more people in the arts in an area of social and rural isolation
made new friends and formed new relationships with community groups & local residents
opened up new communication and information sharing networks
informed about local councillors/parish councils/action groups & community ownership motivating many to be more proactive
provided a space for tea and chat….listening to concerns, worries and hopes for the future
provided a space for people to display their work
provided information on and promoting local artists
kept people informed and up to date with the arts locally and further afield
increased footfall into the town centres
provided a space for families to take part in an activity together at no cost
encouraged the community to take ownership of their own space
Over the 5 weeks, the shops have been open for 20 days each, with 16 local artists delivering workshops in both empty spaces totalling 174 artist hours. The majority of these artists have been sourced from Lincs Artist Forum (LAF).
Dan Thompson’s Report http://www.transportedart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Transported-Empty-Shops-Report.pdf
Dan Thompson Presentation
Empty Shops Network
First story from the Boston and Holbeach empty shops on the empty shops network blog http://emptyshops.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/tales-from-the-empty-shops-frontline-in-boston-and-holbeach/
The second story from theTransported Boston and Holbeach empty shops on the empty shops network blog http://emptyshops.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/tales-from-the-empty-shops-frontline-in-boston-and-holbeach-part-2/