Empty Shop

60,000 Visitors,

2000 Artists, 350 Events,

135 VOLUNTEERS, 18 SPACES, 7 YEARS

Calendar

What’s on at HQ

A Deer For Your Lamb presents Withered Hand, Billy Liar with more TBA @ Empty Shop HQ
We’re excited to welcome back Withered Hand for their first Durham show since the release of New Gods out on Fortuna POP! Support comes form Edinburgh punk singer Billy Liar with more to be announced[...]
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Come along on the second Thursday of each month for an evening to an informal folk at HQ Traditional music sessions – tunes and maybe a few songs from the British Isles and beyond. An[...]
Sensible Daves (x2) Lazy W̶e̶d̶n̶e̶s̶d̶a̶y̶s FRIDAY feat. special guest Dave Jam (Jam Jah) @ Empty Shop HQ
Convoluted/weird name aside, the usual Lazy Wednesday slot has made way for an amazing gig (come along!) this time so, as a special one off, we are moving it to FRIDAY 12th Feb. As an[...]
Feb 13 @ 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Café Scientifique: The Space Race @ Empty Shop HQ | Durham | England | United Kingdom
Cafe Scientifique Durham City is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to science outreach in Durham. We run weekly cafes with speakers from Durham University (and others!), who are always happy to chat about their research or[...]
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
T-Shirt Weather // No Ditching // Carnist // The Repossessed @ Empty Shop HQ
T-Shirt Weather www.tshirtweather.bandcamp.com Power-pop band from Durham. Launch for new LP ‘Pig Beach’. Daft. No Ditching https://noditching.bandcamp.com/ Five piece from Durham playing pop-punk about Gilmore Girls and Dickhead. Iconic. Carnist https://carnist.bandcamp.com/ DIY, feminist, vegan band[...]
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Jazz Sessions Extra: Redemption Jazz @ Empty Shop HQ
Empty Shop are excited to present a second regular Jazz gig at Empty Shop HQ on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The Jazz Sessions Extra allow us to play with the format and be[...]
TOUR! Massa Confusa + Casual Threats with Dressed In Wires + Preqwal @ Empty Shop HQ
MASSA CONFUSA PRESENTS: Massa Confusa Presents returns to Empty Shop with a night of bands and electronic acts. Post-punkers Casual Threats will take the stage first, followed by electronic backed post-punk duo Massa Confusa, the[...]
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Seagull & Circle present: Robocobra Quartet + Outside Your House @ Empty Shop HQ
Empty Shop HQ is a community venue, but every now and then we use the space to programme our own events. Our gig arm, Seagull & Circle, present four carefully curated gigs which are equal[...]
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Seagull & Circle present: Paper Beat Scissors + Dressed Like Wolves @ Empty Shop HQ
Empty Shop HQ is a community venue, but every now and then we use the space to programme our own events. Our gig arm, Seagull & Circle, present four carefully curated gigs which are equal[...]
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Outside Your House // Exit Earth // Pale Kids @ Empty Shop HQ
The Equestrian Collective present OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE Jonathan Swift makes music to dance to, Faithful Johannes writes lyrics to cry to, or the otherway round, maybe. A spectacle. I hope Jonny wears his donkey jacket.[...]
1984 @ Empty Shop HQ
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
1984 @ Empty Shop HQ
Following the sell out success of the first run, the Feather Theatre Company Presents and extended run of: 1984 Based on the original novel, Orwell’s nightmare is brought to life on stage in Empty Shop HQ.[...]
1984 @ Empty Shop HQ
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
1984 @ Empty Shop HQ
Following the sell out success of the first run, the Feather Theatre Company Presents and extended run of: 1984 Based on the original novel, Orwell’s nightmare is brought to life on stage in Empty Shop HQ.[...]
1984 @ Empty Shop HQ
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
1984 @ Empty Shop HQ
Following the sell out success of the first run, the Feather Theatre Company Presents and extended run of: 1984 Based on the original novel, Orwell’s nightmare is brought to life on stage in Empty Shop HQ.[...]
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Come along on the second Thursday of each month for an evening to an informal folk at HQ Traditional music sessions – tunes and maybe a few songs from the British Isles and beyond. An[...]
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Seagull & Circle present: Taupe + Mat Riviere @ Empty Shop HQ
Empty Shop HQ is a community venue, but every now and then we use the space to programme our own events. Our gig arm, Seagull & Circle, present four carefully curated gigs which are equal[...]
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Seagull & Circle present: Shields + Yellow Creatures @ Empty Shop HQ
Empty Shop HQ is a community venue, but every now and then we use the space to programme our own events. Our gig arm, Seagull & Circle, present four carefully curated gigs which are equal[...]
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Happy Accidents + Milk Crimes @ Empty Shop HQ
The Equestrian Collective present HAPPY ACCIDENTS https://happyaccidentsuk.bandcamp.com/ Giddy sorta pop-punk from London. Heirs to Gordan Gano’s Army’s throne. First time in Durham. FFO: Gordan Gano’s Army, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. MILK CRIMES https://nodicetapes.bandcamp.com/album/milk-crimes Good[...]
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Come along on the second Thursday of each month for an evening to an informal folk at HQ Traditional music sessions – tunes and maybe a few songs from the British Isles and beyond. An[...]
Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Nachthexen // Camp Shy // Tough Tits @ Empty Shop HQ
Equestrian Collective presents NACHTHEXEN Sheffield Synth, Anxiety Warriors! Shouting the truth. So excited to have them play in Durham! Class. https://nachthexenpunx.bandcamp.com/ CAMP SHY Interstellar Punky Pop! Catchy songs all the way from the capital of[...]
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
ONSIND // Try the Pie // Two White Cranes @ Empty Shop HQ
The Equestrian Collective present… ONSIND https://onsind.bandcamp.com/ You know the score. From Durham. First show in almost a year. Anaesthesiology came out a while ago. Try the Pie https://trythepie.bandcamp.com/ Amazing solo stuff from a member of[...]
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Come along on the second Thursday of each month for an evening to an informal folk at HQ Traditional music sessions – tunes and maybe a few songs from the British Isles and beyond. An[...]
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
The Folk Sessions @ Empty Shop HQ
Come along on the second Thursday of each month for an evening to an informal folk at HQ Traditional music sessions – tunes and maybe a few songs from the British Isles and beyond. An[...]

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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 started 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

Empty Shop HQ

Situated in the heart of Durham City, Empty Shop HQ is the home of our organisation and a hub for independent arts in Durham.


HQ sketch

Unused for around a decade, this beautiful old building forms the centrepiece of our regeneration agenda. Set over two floors it is a multi use building with studio space, exhibition space, a usable workspace and a fully licensed bar & venue.

As a hub for the City it truly reflects the ethos of Empty Shop; Inclusive and friendly, it’s the kind of place where we would want to hang out ourselves…
You’ll find no judgement, agendas or hierarchies here.

As ever there is plenty of opportunity with this space and it is available to hire for a range of cultural uses such as gigs, exhibitions, creative projects, talks and workshops.

Empty Shop HQ illustration by Matt O’Brien

 

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Get Involved

We think of ourselves as an inclusive organisation, we love to work with people and provide opportunities. There are loads of ways you can get involved, from invigilating right through to realising project ideas. Some examples of the sort of opportunities we offer are detailed below but if you don’t see what you’re thinking of there, drop us an email at thefolks@emptyshop.org

Opportunities

 

FAQS

What is Empty Shop?
Empty Shop is a progressive, grass roots, independent arts organisation based in Durham. Our main objectives are art, regeneration and collaboration. Founded in 2008, we are a registered Community Interest Company and officially 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 as art space. 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, we actually predate that Government Initiative and have always operated completely independently.

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?
No, and this is intentional – we have not applied for any funding and don’t plan to. We are completely self sufficient and sustainable at every level, Empty Shop exists in it’s own right. We value this above all else.

So, what exactly do you do?
As mentioned above we are increasingly an inter-disciplinary organisation. We “do” exhibitions, events, residencies, film screenings, music events, programming and curating, performance and collaborations of all kinds.

Does it cost anything?
Empty Shop will only ever charge a fee appropriate to the costs we incur in operating a venue.

Each Empty Shop we take on has different overheads 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. 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 a day and the large workspace at Empty Shop HQ is currently available at £50 a day. Use of these spaces is allocated strictly on a first come, first served policy.

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! 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