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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@ Empty Shop HQ
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 @ Empty Shop HQ
7:00 pm
Thorn is back – and they’ve missed you. “To celebrate the new year we’re bringing you: Unbound: an evening of collaging, live music and poetry. In a world where dividing lines have become so common,[...]
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
I Can't Remember The Last Time I Used Cardamom @ TESTT Space
6:00 pm
I can’t remember the last time I used cardamom is a new exhibition of work by emerging, North East-based artists at TESTT Space, a new visual arts hub in Durham city. I can’t remember the[...]
Nov 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Raptures of the Deep (Freediving Film Night) @ TESTT Space
6:30 pm
This film screening is part of the Being Human festival. This year’s festival is taking place nationally 17 – 25 November 2017. Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London[...]
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
S&C and EC present: The Burning Hell & Nana Grizol @ Empty Shop HQ
7:30 pm
Seagull & Circle and the Equestrian Collective present a transatlantic double header bringing The Burning Hell and Nana Grizol to Durham for the first time… you’re in for a treat! The Burning Hell (Canada) The[...]
Nov 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
7:00 pm
COLOUR OF SPRING  Amazing fuzzy/shoegazey goodness hailing from Leeds. Their debut EP ‘Shoegaze Connoisseurs’ was released in June to amazing press from NME/Clash/subba-culture and they will have not long been off their UK tour before[...]
DUJS: Jazz Jam @ HQ @ Empty Shop HQ
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
DUJS: Jazz Jam @ HQ @ Empty Shop HQ
7:30 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. Format There will be a house band all[...]
Nov 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Onsind 'We Wilt, We Bloom' Album Release (with Just Blankets) @ Empty Shop HQ
8:00 pm
Onsind are releasing a new album and this will be the release party. Support comes from Just Blankets. Ticket info coming soon.
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Book launch: Day of All Saints @ Empty Shop HQ
7:30 pm
I’m excited to launch my very first book here in Durham! Please join me to celebrate, and feel free to bring friends. The Empty Shop HQ’s lovely bar will be open, and there will be[...]
DUJS: Jazz Jam @ HQ @ Empty Shop HQ
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
DUJS: Jazz Jam @ HQ @ Empty Shop HQ
7:30 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. Format There will be a house band all[...]
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Schwervon! + DJ Need a Stack (Bob Nastanovich) + Ghost Guilt @ Empty Shop HQ
7:30 pm
Completing the trio of gigs for the current Seagull & Circle gig series, we are going out with a bang! Collaborationg with Frux Tapes, we are bringing the awesome Schwervon! (USA) and DJ Need a Stack (USA)[...]
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Jazz Sessions: Riviera Quartet @ Empty Shop HQ
7:00 pm
Working in association with the Jazz Co-Op in Newcastle, The Jazz Sessions bring top class Jazz to Durham on the first Thursday of every month. Now in it’s 3rd year, Empty Shop HQ plays host[...]
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
David Lord + Good Android (Acoustic Sets) @ Empty Shop HQ
8:00 pm
We’re excited to welcome 2 local musicians to HQ for the first time, performing acoustic sets to raise money for charity. Good Android and David Lord will be playing acoustic sets at the Empty Shop[...]
DUJS: Jazz Jam @ HQ @ Empty Shop HQ
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
DUJS: Jazz Jam @ HQ @ Empty Shop HQ
7:30 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. Format There will be a house band all[...]
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
8:00 pm
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.[...]
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Nathalie Stern feat. members of Noize Choir @ Empty Shop HQ
5:00 pm
Down By The River bring another class gig to HQ as part of their Autumn/Winter programme… Existing outside of any one genre or scene ’s minimal but distinctive largely electronic set up uses looped vocals[...]

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