Empty Shop

150,000 Visitors,

3000 Artists, 900 Events,

42 SPACES, 9 YEARS

Calendar

What’s on


** PLEASE NOTE: We programme across multiple venues so please pay attention to the location **


EMPTY SHOP HQ NEWS:  HQ.V2 will come to an end in June and we are no longer taking bookings. We will continue to occupy the building and will take time out to carefully consider what V.3 looks like. You can read more about that here: https://bit.ly/2IPLqqw

May
27
Sun
Preview: Systems by Tony James Morton @ TESTT Space
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Systems is an interactive/reactive exhibition by sound artist Tony James Morton

​Systems are all around us. Be it computer or political, we each live by different sets of principles and procedures, complex mechanisms and interconnecting networks.

Each piece is a reaction to this systematic idea. Rules have been created, a framework in which to explore, but each result entirely different. An infinite amount of permutations created, input depending.

The exhibition contains:

If the walls could sing – an interactive piece reflecting on the theme of keeping humanity divided through walls and barriers

8 bit new – a reactive piece deconstructing “fake news”

#max140beats – an interactive piece turning useless spam into useful music

www.tonyjamesmorton.com
https://soundcloud.com/tonyjamesmorton

Preview is Sunday 27th May: 6pm – 9pm
Exhbition opens:
28th – 30th: 12 – 4pm

DU Jazz Soc Jazz Jam @ Empty Shop HQ
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

We are chuffed to welcome back the Durham University Jazz Society to host semi-regular Jazz Jams at HQ on Sundays. They’re free to attend and open to all.

Jazz Jam is back! If you want to play please come along to show off your skills or simply sit back and enjoy the vibe! There will be a house band all night who welcome anyone to get up with them or switch out the rhythm section. They play from the standard real book repertoire so bring music for anything non typical.

***Make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment!!***

Vocalists and instrumentalists welcome to sit in with the house band.

*The Jams will take place at HQ on most Sundays, but may change venue if there are prior bookings in place. Please check ahead by viewing this website, or dropping us a message.

May
28
Mon
Exhibition: Systems by Tony James Morton @ TESTT Space
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Systems is an interactive/reactive exhibition by sound artist Tony James Morton

​Systems are all around us. Be it computer or political, we each live by different sets of principles and procedures, complex mechanisms and interconnecting networks.

Each piece is a reaction to this systematic idea. Rules have been created, a framework in which to explore, but each result entirely different. An infinite amount of permutations created, input depending.

The exhibition contains:

If the walls could sing – an interactive piece reflecting on the theme of keeping humanity divided through walls and barriers

8 bit new – a reactive piece deconstructing “fake news”

#max140beats – an interactive piece turning useless spam into useful music

www.tonyjamesmorton.com
https://soundcloud.com/tonyjamesmorton

Preview is Sunday 27th May: 6pm – 9pm
Exhbition opens:
28th – 30th: 12 – 4pm

May
29
Tue
Exhibition: Systems by Tony James Morton @ TESTT Space
May 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Systems is an interactive/reactive exhibition by sound artist Tony James Morton

​Systems are all around us. Be it computer or political, we each live by different sets of principles and procedures, complex mechanisms and interconnecting networks.

Each piece is a reaction to this systematic idea. Rules have been created, a framework in which to explore, but each result entirely different. An infinite amount of permutations created, input depending.

The exhibition contains:

If the walls could sing – an interactive piece reflecting on the theme of keeping humanity divided through walls and barriers

8 bit new – a reactive piece deconstructing “fake news”

#max140beats – an interactive piece turning useless spam into useful music

www.tonyjamesmorton.com
https://soundcloud.com/tonyjamesmorton

Preview is Sunday 27th May: 6pm – 9pm
Exhbition opens:
28th – 30th: 12 – 4pm

May
30
Wed
Exhibition: Systems by Tony James Morton @ TESTT Space
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Systems is an interactive/reactive exhibition by sound artist Tony James Morton

​Systems are all around us. Be it computer or political, we each live by different sets of principles and procedures, complex mechanisms and interconnecting networks.

Each piece is a reaction to this systematic idea. Rules have been created, a framework in which to explore, but each result entirely different. An infinite amount of permutations created, input depending.

The exhibition contains:

If the walls could sing – an interactive piece reflecting on the theme of keeping humanity divided through walls and barriers

8 bit new – a reactive piece deconstructing “fake news”

#max140beats – an interactive piece turning useless spam into useful music

www.tonyjamesmorton.com
https://soundcloud.com/tonyjamesmorton

Preview is Sunday 27th May: 6pm – 9pm
Exhbition opens:
28th – 30th: 12 – 4pm

Jun
1
Fri
DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival – 2018 // Day 1 @ Various locations in Durham City
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Back for its 2nd year, DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival brings you an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional jazz set against the backdrop of some of Durham’s most intriguing venues. 

** Please note, there will be no reduced day tickets or individually priced events. The flat fee of £10 gives you access to all events **

DJAZZ – The Durham City Jazz Festival brings together a number of different musical styles, groups, networks and audiences in the small but perfectly formed city of Durham. Festival-goers gain access to over 30 events ranging from intimate sets in hidden locations to big names in big venues! Think everything from cafes, bookshops and barbers to bars, venues and stunning historic buildings.

In our second year we’ve brought you a fantastic roster of national acts who are tearing up the UK jazz scene including festival headliner Soweto Kinch. At the same time we bring you the absolute best from the regional and student scenes which make up the jazz landscape in Durham and contribute to the city’s growing profile as a hotbed for the genre.

DJAZZ is brought to you by AT THE ROOT & Empty Shop in partnership with Durham University Jazz Society.

New partners this year also include:
Jazz North
Jazz Plus Productions
Culture Durham

This partnership led approach enables us to deliver a festival which reflects the city that inspired its creation. Bringing together musicians and audiences from the region, the university and further afield, the festival utilises some of the fantastic venues and spaces in this historic city.

Follow DJAZZ on:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram


Venues
We are excited to announce the venues for this year’s festival. You’ll see a mix of some favourites from last year and new additions for 2018. Once again we’ll be utilising some of the interesting and intriguing spaces that the city has to offer including Durham’s oldest building, The Norman Chapel, and our overlooked gem, Redhills, which this year will host the Saturday night headliner. Check these out…

Fowlers Yard – Festival Hub & main stage
The Barber of Neville
The Norman Chapel – Part of Durham Castle, this is the City’s oldest building
Old Cinema Launderette
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Claypath Delicatessen
The Courtyard Cafe
Jam Jah @ Alington House
The People’s Bookshop
Empty Shop HQ


Line up (see below for dates, times and venues)

Soweto Kinch > Skeltr > John Pope & Faye MacCalman > Sloth Racket > Robocobra Quartet > Paul Edis > North East Super Jam > J Frisco > Jambone > Riviera Quartet > Alter Ego > Zoe Gilby Duo > Early Nite > Shatner’s Bassoon > Cathedral City > PYJÆN > Zach Fox With Strings > Chronotic > Francis Tulip Quartet > Julija Jacenaite Tio > DU Jazz Soc Septet > Breakout Brass Band > Terminally Chill > Rab > The Niffi Osiyemi Trio > The Poetry Experiment > Rob & Evie Sing! > WTFunk > Stu Collingwood + Mo Scott > Alan Glen Trio > The Shunyata Improvisation Group > Andy Lawrenson Trio > Milne & Glendinning

Buy tickets for DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival - 2018

Friday 1st June:

The Norman Chapel 7:00 PM Zoe Gilby Duo
Claypath Delicatessen 7:00 PM Cathedral City
The Courtyard Cafe 7:30 PM Juliane Deil Trio
The Courtyard Cafe 8:30 PM Paul Edis
Empty Shop HQ 9:00 PM Early Nite
Empty Shop HQ 10:00 PM Robocobra Quartet

Saturday 2nd June

Fowlers Yard 12:30 PM Chronotic Brass
Fowlers Yard 13:00 PM Break Out Brass Band
Fowlers Yard 14:30 PM Rob & Evie Sing!
The Courtyard Cafe 14.30 PM Andy Lawrenson Trio
Fowlers Yard 15:30 PM Terminally Chill
Empty Shop HQ 16:00 PM Francis Tulip Quartet
Fowlers Yard 17.00 PM Alter Ego
Claypath Delicatessen 17:00 PM Julija Jacenaite Trio
The Barber of Neville 18:00 PM J Frisco
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall 18:00 PM Jambone
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall 19:15 PM Soweto Kinch Trio
Jam Jah @ Allington House 20:30 PM The Poetry Experiment
Jam Jah @ Allington House 21:00 PM PYJAEN
Empty Shop HQ 21:15 PM Riviera Quartet
Jam Jah @ Allington House 22:00 PM North East Super Jam
Jam Jah @ Allington House 12:00 AM Jam Jah afterparty

Sunday 3rd June

Fowlers Yard 12:00 PM WTFunk?
The People’s Bookshop 1:00 PM Shunyata Improvisation Group
Fowlers Yard 1:30 PM Zach Fox with Strings
Fowlers Yard 3:00 PM Milne and Glendinning
Fowlers Yard 4:30 PM Niffi Osyemi Trio
Empty Shop HQ 4:30 PM Shatner’s Bassoon
The Barber of Neville 5:15 PM John Pope & Faye Maccalman
Fowlers Yard 18:00 PM Stu Collingwood feat. Mo Scott
Empty Shop HQ 19:00 PM DU Jazz Soc Septet
Fowlers Yard 20:00 PM Sloth Racket
Old Cinema Launderette 20:00 PM Alan Glen Trio
Jam Jah @ Allington House 21:00 PM RAB
Jam Jah @ Allington House 22:00 PM Skeltr

 

Buy tickets for DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival - 2018

Jun
2
Sat
DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival – 2018 // Day 2 @ Various locations in Durham City
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Back for its 2nd year, DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival brings you an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional jazz set against the backdrop of some of Durham’s most intriguing venues. 

** Please note, there will be no reduced day tickets or individually priced events. The flat fee of £10 gives you access to all events **

DJAZZ – The Durham City Jazz Festival brings together a number of different musical styles, groups, networks and audiences in the small but perfectly formed city of Durham. Festival-goers gain access to over 30 events ranging from intimate sets in hidden locations to big names in big venues! Think everything from cafes, bookshops and barbers to bars, venues and stunning historic buildings.

In our second year we’ve brought you a fantastic roster of national acts who are tearing up the UK jazz scene including festival headliner Soweto Kinch. At the same time we bring you the absolute best from the regional and student scenes which make up the jazz landscape in Durham and contribute to the city’s growing profile as a hotbed for the genre.

DJAZZ is brought to you by AT THE ROOT & Empty Shop in partnership with Durham University Jazz Society.

New partners this year also include:
Jazz North
Jazz Plus Productions
Culture Durham

This partnership led approach enables us to deliver a festival which reflects the city that inspired its creation. Bringing together musicians and audiences from the region, the university and further afield, the festival utilises some of the fantastic venues and spaces in this historic city.

Follow DJAZZ on:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram


Venues
We are excited to announce the venues for this year’s festival. You’ll see a mix of some favourites from last year and new additions for 2018. Once again we’ll be utilising some of the interesting and intriguing spaces that the city has to offer including Durham’s oldest building, The Norman Chapel, and our overlooked gem, Redhills, which this year will host the Saturday night headliner. Check these out…

Fowlers Yard – Festival Hub & main stage
The Barber of Neville
The Norman Chapel – Part of Durham Castle, this is the City’s oldest building
Old Cinema Launderette
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Claypath Delicatessen
The Courtyard Cafe
Jam Jah @ Alington House
The People’s Bookshop
Empty Shop HQ


Line up (see below for dates, times and venues)

Soweto Kinch > Skeltr > John Pope & Faye MacCalman > Sloth Racket > Robocobra Quartet > Paul Edis > North East Super Jam > J Frisco > Jambone > Riviera Quartet > Alter Ego > Zoe Gilby Duo > Early Nite > Shatner’s Bassoon > Cathedral City > PYJÆN > Zach Fox With Strings > Chronotic > Francis Tulip Quartet > Julija Jacenaite Tio > DU Jazz Soc Septet > Breakout Brass Band > Terminally Chill > Rab > The Niffi Osiyemi Trio > The Poetry Experiment > Rob & Evie Sing! > WTFunk > Stu Collingwood + Mo Scott > Alan Glen Trio > The Shunyata Improvisation Group > Andy Lawrenson Trio > Milne & Glendinning

Buy tickets for DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival - 2018

Friday 1st June:

The Norman Chapel 7:00 PM Zoe Gilby Duo
Claypath Delicatessen 7:00 PM Cathedral City
The Courtyard Cafe 7:30 PM Juliane Deil Trio
The Courtyard Cafe 8:30 PM Paul Edis
Empty Shop HQ 9:00 PM Early Nite
Empty Shop HQ 10:00 PM Robocobra Quartet

Saturday 2nd June

Fowlers Yard 12:30 PM Chronotic Brass
Fowlers Yard 13:00 PM Break Out Brass Band
Fowlers Yard 14:30 PM Rob & Evie Sing!
The Courtyard Cafe 14.30 PM Andy Lawrenson Trio
Fowlers Yard 15:30 PM Terminally Chill
Empty Shop HQ 16:00 PM Francis Tulip Quartet
Fowlers Yard 17.00 PM Alter Ego
Claypath Delicatessen 17:00 PM Julija Jacenaite Trio
The Barber of Neville 18:00 PM J Frisco
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall 18:00 PM Jambone
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall 19:15 PM Soweto Kinch Trio
Jam Jah @ Allington House 20:30 PM The Poetry Experiment
Jam Jah @ Allington House 21:00 PM PYJAEN
Empty Shop HQ 21:15 PM Riviera Quartet
Jam Jah @ Allington House 22:00 PM North East Super Jam
Jam Jah @ Allington House 12:00 AM Jam Jah afterparty

Sunday 3rd June

Fowlers Yard 12:00 PM WTFunk?
The People’s Bookshop 1:00 PM Shunyata Improvisation Group
Fowlers Yard 1:30 PM Zach Fox with Strings
Fowlers Yard 3:00 PM Milne and Glendinning
Fowlers Yard 4:30 PM Niffi Osyemi Trio
Empty Shop HQ 4:30 PM Shatner’s Bassoon
The Barber of Neville 5:15 PM John Pope & Faye Maccalman
Fowlers Yard 18:00 PM Stu Collingwood feat. Mo Scott
Empty Shop HQ 19:00 PM DU Jazz Soc Septet
Fowlers Yard 20:00 PM Sloth Racket
Old Cinema Launderette 20:00 PM Alan Glen Trio
Jam Jah @ Allington House 21:00 PM RAB
Jam Jah @ Allington House 22:00 PM Skeltr

 

Buy tickets for DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival - 2018

Jun
3
Sun
DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival – 2018 // Day 3 @ Various locations in Durham City
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Back for its 2nd year, DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival brings you an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional jazz set against the backdrop of some of Durham’s most intriguing venues. 

** Please note, there will be no reduced day tickets or individually priced events. The flat fee of £10 gives you access to all events **

DJAZZ – The Durham City Jazz Festival brings together a number of different musical styles, groups, networks and audiences in the small but perfectly formed city of Durham. Festival-goers gain access to over 30 events ranging from intimate sets in hidden locations to big names in big venues! Think everything from cafes, bookshops and barbers to bars, venues and stunning historic buildings.

In our second year we’ve brought you a fantastic roster of national acts who are tearing up the UK jazz scene including festival headliner Soweto Kinch. At the same time we bring you the absolute best from the regional and student scenes which make up the jazz landscape in Durham and contribute to the city’s growing profile as a hotbed for the genre.

DJAZZ is brought to you by AT THE ROOT & Empty Shop in partnership with Durham University Jazz Society.

New partners this year also include:
Jazz North
Jazz Plus Productions
Culture Durham

This partnership led approach enables us to deliver a festival which reflects the city that inspired its creation. Bringing together musicians and audiences from the region, the university and further afield, the festival utilises some of the fantastic venues and spaces in this historic city.

Follow DJAZZ on:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram


Venues
We are excited to announce the venues for this year’s festival. You’ll see a mix of some favourites from last year and new additions for 2018. Once again we’ll be utilising some of the interesting and intriguing spaces that the city has to offer including Durham’s oldest building, The Norman Chapel, and our overlooked gem, Redhills, which this year will host the Saturday night headliner. Check these out…

Fowlers Yard – Festival Hub & main stage
The Barber of Neville
The Norman Chapel – Part of Durham Castle, this is the City’s oldest building
Old Cinema Launderette
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Claypath Delicatessen
The Courtyard Cafe
Jam Jah @ Alington House
The People’s Bookshop
Empty Shop HQ


Line up (see below for dates, times and venues)

Soweto Kinch > Skeltr > John Pope & Faye MacCalman > Sloth Racket > Robocobra Quartet > Paul Edis > North East Super Jam > J Frisco > Jambone > Riviera Quartet > Alter Ego > Zoe Gilby Duo > Early Nite > Shatner’s Bassoon > Cathedral City > PYJÆN > Zach Fox With Strings > Chronotic > Francis Tulip Quartet > Julija Jacenaite Tio > DU Jazz Soc Septet > Breakout Brass Band > Terminally Chill > Rab > The Niffi Osiyemi Trio > The Poetry Experiment > Rob & Evie Sing! > WTFunk > Stu Collingwood + Mo Scott > Alan Glen Trio > The Shunyata Improvisation Group > Andy Lawrenson Trio > Milne & Glendinning

Buy tickets for DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival - 2018

Friday 1st June:

The Norman Chapel 7:00 PM Zoe Gilby Duo
Claypath Delicatessen 7:00 PM Cathedral City
The Courtyard Cafe 7:30 PM Juliane Deil Trio
The Courtyard Cafe 8:30 PM Paul Edis
Empty Shop HQ 9:00 PM Early Nite
Empty Shop HQ 10:00 PM Robocobra Quartet

Saturday 2nd June

Fowlers Yard 12:30 PM Chronotic Brass
Fowlers Yard 13:00 PM Break Out Brass Band
Fowlers Yard 14:30 PM Rob & Evie Sing!
The Courtyard Cafe 14.30 PM Andy Lawrenson Trio
Fowlers Yard 15:30 PM Terminally Chill
Empty Shop HQ 16:00 PM Francis Tulip Quartet
Fowlers Yard 17.00 PM Alter Ego
Claypath Delicatessen 17:00 PM Julija Jacenaite Trio
The Barber of Neville 18:00 PM J Frisco
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall 18:00 PM Jambone
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall 19:15 PM Soweto Kinch Trio
Jam Jah @ Allington House 20:30 PM The Poetry Experiment
Jam Jah @ Allington House 21:00 PM PYJAEN
Empty Shop HQ 21:15 PM Riviera Quartet
Jam Jah @ Allington House 22:00 PM North East Super Jam
Jam Jah @ Allington House 12:00 AM Jam Jah afterparty

Sunday 3rd June

Fowlers Yard 12:00 PM WTFunk?
The People’s Bookshop 1:00 PM Shunyata Improvisation Group
Fowlers Yard 1:30 PM Zach Fox with Strings
Fowlers Yard 3:00 PM Milne and Glendinning
Fowlers Yard 4:30 PM Niffi Osyemi Trio
Empty Shop HQ 4:30 PM Shatner’s Bassoon
The Barber of Neville 5:15 PM John Pope & Faye Maccalman
Fowlers Yard 18:00 PM Stu Collingwood feat. Mo Scott
Empty Shop HQ 19:00 PM DU Jazz Soc Septet
Fowlers Yard 20:00 PM Sloth Racket
Old Cinema Launderette 20:00 PM Alan Glen Trio
Jam Jah @ Allington House 21:00 PM RAB
Jam Jah @ Allington House 22:00 PM Skeltr

 

Buy tickets for DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival - 2018

DJAZZ

 


Back for its 2nd year, DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival brings you an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional jazz set against the backdrop of some of Durham’s most intriguing venues.


DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival

June 1st, 2nd, 3rd // various venues

** Please note, there will be no reduced day tickets or individually priced events. The flat fee of £10 gives you access to all events**

DJAZZ is brought to you by AT THE ROOT & Empty Shop in partnership with Durham University Jazz Society.

New partners this year also include:
Jazz North
Jazz Plus Productions
Culture Durham

This partnership led approach enables us to deliver a festival which reflects the city that inspired its creation. Bringing together musicians and audiences from the region, the university and further afield, the festival utilises some of the fantastic venues and spaces in this historic city.

Follow DJAZZ on:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Buy tickets for DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival - 2018


Full Line Up
Dates, times and locations for each act can be found in the event info by clicking here. You can also pick up a physical programme from various venues, coffee shops etc.

Soweto Kinch > Skeltr > John Pope & Faye MacCalman > Sloth Racket > Robocobra Quartet > Paul Edis North East Super Jam (A new concept blending 2 of the regions best jams) > J Frisco > Jambone > Riviera Quartet > Alter Ego > Zoe Gilby Duo > Early Nite > Shatner’s Bassoon > Cathedral City >  PYJÆN > Zach Fox With Strings > Chronotic > Francis Tulip Quartet > Julija Jacenaite Tio > DU Jazz Soc Septet > Breakout Brass Band > Terminally Chill > Rab > The Niffi Osiyemi Trio > The Poetry Experiment > Rob & Evie Sing! > WTFunk > Stu Collingwood + Mo Scott > Alan Glen Trio > The Shunyata Improvisation Group > Andy Lawrenson Trio > Milne & Glendinning  

Venues
We are excited to announce the venues for this year’s festival. You’ll see a mix of some favourites from last year and new additions for 2018. Once again we’ll be utilising some of the interesting and intriguing spaces that the city has to offer including Durham’s oldest building, The Norman Chapel, and our overlooked gem, Redhills, which this year will host the Saturday night headliner. Check these out…

Fowlers Yard – Festival Hub & main stage
The Barber of Neville
The Norman Chapel – Part of Durham Castle, this is the City’s oldest building
Old Cinema Launderette
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Spelt & Rye
The Courtyard Cafe
Jam Jah @ Alington House
The People’s Bookshop
Empty Shop HQ 

Buy tickets for DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival - 2018

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:

CLICK HERE

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

**Please note, HQ.V2 will come to an end in June and we are no longer taking bookings. We will continue to occupy the building and will take time out to carefully consider what V.3 looks like. You can read more about that here: https://bit.ly/2IPLqqw **

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 V.1 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 V.2 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