Empty Shop

130,000 Visitors,

2500 Artists, 750 Events,

135 VOLUNTEERS, 37 SPACES, 8 YEARS

Calendar

What’s on at HQ

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This summer Steam Machine will deliver their awesome craft beer experience alongside our usual diverse programme of events at HQ. In art terms it’s a residency, in beer terms it’s a tap takeover but all you really need to know is this is going to be awesome!

Aug 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
T-Shirt Weather // Speed Skater // Ghost Guilt in Durham @ Empty Shop HQ
Equestrian Collective presents: T-Shirt Weather https://tshirtweather.bandcamp.com/ Imagine the worst night out you’ve ever had has been put to music. And the music has A LOT of brass on it. Power-pop from old Durham lads with[...]
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Broadcast Bartender: Are Landlords Artists? @ Empty Shop HQ
As part of the Steam Machine Residency artist duo Lloyd Wilson bring Broadcast Bartender to HQ! Broadcast Bartender is a project which recreates the environment of the public house in order to preserve and celebrate[...]
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Andrea Arnold Residency // Open Studios Event @ TESTT Space
We welcome London based artist Andrea Arnold to Durham this weekend for a week-long residency at TESTT Space. Andrea is the second artist from University of the Arts London to join us this summer and[...]
Board Games Night @ Empty Shop HQ
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Board Games Night @ Empty Shop HQ
As part of their Summer residency, Steam Machine are bringing their board game night to HQ. Do you have a passion for board games? Are you interested in learning a new game? Have you been[...]
Board Games Night @ Empty Shop HQ
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Board Games Night @ Empty Shop HQ
As part of their Summer residency, Steam Machine are bringing their board game night to HQ. Do you have a passion for board games? Are you interested in learning a new game? Have you been[...]
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Sep 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Join us for an evening of informal folk at Empty Shop HQ on the second Thursday of every month. Traditional music sessions – tunes and maybe a few songs from the British Isles and beyond.[...]
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Empty Pages Read: Half a Creature from the Sea by David Almond @ Empty Shop HQ
Empty Pages is a new book group held at Empty Shop HQ. They host regular meetings in a friendly, casual, safe environment. Half a Creature from the Sea by David Almond To help celebrate the[...]
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Bad Sleep // Pale Kids // Austeros @ Empty Shop HQ
EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIVE PRESENTS: BAD SLEEP On Rumbletowne Records out of Olympia, Washington in USA – Power pop and punk with members of Parasol. https://badsleepoly.bandcamp.com/ PALE KIDS The naughty kids down the street have some new[...]
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Steam Machine residency: Homebrew Competition! @ Empty Shop HQ
Calling all HOMEBREWERS! Gather to Empty Shop HQ and the Steam Machine Summer Residency on Sunday 24th September to showcase your creativity. We don’t want you to be tied up by rules to inhibit your[...]
Board Games Night @ Empty Shop HQ
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Board Games Night @ Empty Shop HQ
As part of their Summer residency, Steam Machine are bringing their board game night to HQ. Do you have a passion for board games? Are you interested in learning a new game? Have you been[...]

TESTT

TESTT Space is a new visual arts venue in Durham city which informs the TESTT project in the form of action research.

The building is a former office space, previously vacant for over 10 years. We have secured the premises for a medium term and are using it to test the case for a number of visual art strands in Durham city.

TESTT Space includes artists studios, 3 gallery spaces, community workshop & darkroom facilities, black box theatre space and a small cinema.

 

To learn about the TESTT project in detail, visit the website here

*Please note this building is a separate building in addition to our long standing Empty Shop HQ.


Find TESTT Space
Floor 2,
25 North Road,
Durham,
DH1 4SG

What’s on?
The building is open to the public via the arts event it periodically hosts. To find out about events join our mailing list:

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About

Empty Shop CIC is a non profit arts organisation in the North East of England and based in Durham City. We formed in 2008 with the idea to provide a much needed and accessible platform for artists of all levels and backgrounds to produce exhibit and engage with art. As the organisation has grown we have developed into well rounded permanent fixture in the North East art scene.

Today Empty Shop still provides those opportunities and resources that were so few and important back then but our reach now also expands into a whole cross section of areas and expertise.

Empty Shop was founded by Carlo Viglianisi and Nick Malyan in 2008 and chooses to be completely unfunded and fully independent.

Where is Empty Shop?
Our Head Quarters, Empty Shop HQ, is in Durham city centre, however we also utilise other venues and public spaces temporarily to provide accessible, temporary galleries and site specific events.

  • – If you would like to find out about using an Empty Shop email us on thefolks@emptyshop.org
  • – If you would like to collaborate with us get in touch – click here
  • – If you are the owner of an unused building and would like to hear about the benefits of the Empty Shop Model contact thefolks@emptyshop.org


The folks behind Empty Shop

Nick & CarloCarlo Viglianisi is an artist and photographer who worked freelance for 7 years prior to Empty Shop. He has managed Empty Shop HQ in Durham city since 2010. Initially an artist studios and gallery space the venue is now a cross-platform arts centre. Carlo has also project managed Empty Shop’s recent site specific work including The Alligator Club (BRASS 2015), Contained (Shambala Festival) and Hot Potato Records. He was also awarded the title of Young British Cartoonist of the Year in 2006.

 
Nick Malyan is a North East based project manager with a decades experience working with organisations including Artichoke, New Writing North, Sage Gateshead and the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham partnership. Nick also works independently as a writer, curator and facilitator contributing to projects as part of Cardiff Contemporary, The Newbridge Project, Northern Stage, &-Model Gallery and Futuresonic festival (among others).

Empty Shop HQ

Situated in the heart of Durham City, Empty Shop HQ is a fully licensed cultural hub and performance focused venue.


HQ sketch

Empty Shop HQ was established in 2010 as a permanent home for the organisation. Previously unused for a decade, this beautiful, old building forms the centrepiece of our placemaking agenda. Originally housing artist’s studios and exhibition space HQ rapidly evolved into a hub for the creative community and in late 2012 acquired the relevant licenses to formally become a multi-disciplinary arts venue. HQ now plays host to a diverse and constantly evolving programme of music, theatre, spoken word, talks and lectures.


To find out what’s on view the calendar or sign up for our regular newsletter
here  

To programme an event or book space with HQ click here or contact hq@emptyshop.org

Empty Shop HQ illustration by Matt O’Brien

 

Use the Venue

 

Get Involved

There are loads of ways you can get involved with Empty Shop, from painting walls and invigilating exhibitions to programming your own events and pitching ideas for collaboration.  Some examples of the sort of opportunities we offer are detailed below but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just drop us an email on thefolks@emptyshop.org

OPPORTUNITIES

FAQS

What is Empty Shop?
Empty Shop CIC is a non profit arts organisation based in Durham City. We specialise in placemaking and the provision of accessible platforms for artists and practitioners of all levels and backgrounds to create, share and promote their work.

Our main objectives are art, regeneration and collaboration. Founded in 2008, we are a registered Community Interest Company and therefore a non-profit organisation.

Why are you called ‘Empty Shop’?
Initially the main focus of the organisation was using empty shops, buildings and unused spaces to create galleries and venues. What started out as a “does what it says on the tin” name has now become a brand rather than the purely descriptive term of it’s origins.

Are you part of the ‘art in empty shops schemes’ that are popping up all over the country?
No, the organisation is completely independent and isn’t linked to any national initiatives or formal networks.

Are you part of a ‘pop up shop scheme’?
No. Although part of what we do is temporary in nature, we are completely independent from any pop up shop schemes – this is all us.

Are you funded?
Empty Shop doesn’t receive or apply for any core funding. We are completely self sufficient and sustainable at every level. Empty Shop exists independently and in it’s own right.

So, what exactly do you do?
Empty Shop is an increasingly inter-disciplinary organisation. We “do” placemaking, exhibitions, events, gigs, residencies, film screenings, programming, producing and curating. Collaboration is fundamental to everything we do.

Will it cost me anything to use one of your spaces?
Empty Shop will only ever charge a fee appropriate to the costs we incur in operating a venue.

Each space we take on has different overheads and project budgets associated with it; a small space that we’re using for one week will be different to an entire building for which we occupy for a period of months or years. With this in mind the charge for hiring one of our spaces can vary, In the past fees have varied from as little as £7 to as much as £150 a day.

Drop us an email if you have a particular project, or particular space, in mind.

How does Empty Shop work?
Empty shop works through hard work, dedication and a genuine interest in what we are doing. We aim to provide the community we serve with creative resources and opportunities, whilst creating an alternative cultural offer in the region.

I have an empty shop/building/space,  would it benefit me to let you use it?
Yes, there are some great reasons, including commercial and financial incentives, to allow our organisation to use your unused space. If you want to talk to us about this please email thefolks@emptyshop.org and we will be in touch.

Can Empty Shop help me with an idea?
Very possibly! Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do and we are a really open organisation that loves to work with other people. Drop us an email with your idea and we’ll see if it’s something we can help with.

Contact

Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch, drop us an email or a message via Facebook / Twitter.
Contact Info

thefolks@emptyshop.org

35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham, DH1 4SJ