Ok this is going to be a long one so for those of you who can’t be bothered to read the breakdown here it is in a nutshell –
Durham Art Gallery: 6pm – 8pm – then onto Empty Shop HQ: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
***We will gather at Empty Shop HQ at 5:45 to lead people up to the Durham Art Gallery, so join us there first and we can head up together***
Everyone is welcome to the opening on Friday night
Open Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Open Sunday:11am – 4pm
The main collaboration is with the Durham Art Gallery. On the same evening they will be launching their big summer show ‘What Are You Like?’ an illustration exhibition based on the Victorian parlour game featuring work by some pretty big names such as David Shrigley, Quentin Blake, Brian Eno and Elton John to name a few and they asked Empty Shop to work with them on the event.
We were more than happy to combine forces and take a bit of the Empty Shop ethos to the DLI so we set to work on programming some exhibitions and events to accompany the night. Here’s a run down of what we are bringing to the table:
A specially commissioned comic made by the awesome guys at Paper Jam Comics Collective. We are big fans of Paper Jam and have shown work by them in the past. With the DAG’s exhibition showcasing big name talent we thought it would be a great opportunity to show off some local talent. The folks over at Paper Jam have created a special art themed edition of their ‘…and that’ series and will also selling their back catalogue.
We love DIY. We love people doing things for themselves and creating for the love of it. Salford Zine Library is an amazing collection of self published, small press, DIY comics and zines from all over. The guys do an amazing job of collecting and keeping the library together and we are delighted to be bringing it up to the North East for the first time. This amazing collection will be available to browse for two weeks at the Durham Art Gallery. If anyone makes zines and would like to submit theirs to the collection get in touch with the guys.
Giant Pictionary – we like fun and we especially like fun at openings so that’s why we decided to suggest a giant game of pictionary on the wall! This should be going on throughout the opening and possibly the duration of the exhibition.
Empty Shop HQ after show event – when the fun ends at the DAG it continues at HQ with our second opening our new building. Come join us for some art, drinks and good ol’fashioned socialising – here’s what’s in store:
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