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// About us

Empty Shop CIC is a non profit arts organisation in the North East of England and based in Durham City. We deilver exhibitions & events, collaborate on projects and run a licenced cultural venue. Formed in 2008, Empty Shop is completely independent and unfunded by choice. more

// Upcoming Events

Gig: The Zu Zu Cats + DJ Richie B @ Empty Shop HQ
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Empty Shop are excited to welcome The Zu Zu Cats.


The 4 piece band, all from in and around the Durham area have been hard at work honing their set and look forward to playing their first Durham City gig.

Expect all original material that nods to 50’s/60’s beat with a touch of country and blues… “Like Richard Hawley swapping style and guns with Tarantino…”

DJ set before and after from Richie B featuring Funk, Soul and Hip-Hop…

FREE ENTRY! Doors from 7pm

Gig: Gilder @ Empty Shop HQ
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm

Gary Chaplin, guitarist and songwriter with seminal punk band, Penetration, presents Glider.



Working with longtime collaborators Dave Haskins and Steve Ford, Glider will perform stripped down LowFi versions of material written over the last four years.

A night of novelty, whimsy and noise.

Doors: 7pm





The Wednesday Night Social @ Empty Shop HQ
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Bring a sketch pad, read a book, play one of our board games or just come and chat at the bar. The Wednesday Night Social is our weekly hang out, and you’re invited.

The Wednesday Night Social Our HQ is the home of the organisation and a cultural venue; Hidden away above the streets yet still central, this beautiful old building is full of rickety old DIY charm. We play good music, serve good drinks at honest prices, do loads of interesting stuff and encourage a friendly environment where it’s ok for you to turn up by yourself and talk to a stranger.

Various things will happen at the The Wednesday Night Social, our film club will show in the other room some weeks, perhaps an alternative life drawing class or maybe a quiz – but it will always be a social environment to hang out in.

We hope to see you there and please, spread the word.

The Jazz Sessions: Safe Sextet @ Empty Shop HQ
May 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The second in a series of 4 jazz sessions with a view to establish a regular jazz night at Empty Shop HQ

Safe Sextet - webWorking in association with the Pink Lane Jazz Co-Op in Newcastle, we present 4 evenings of jazz. Each session has been selected to present a variety of styles; We encourage anyone with an interested in live jazz, or an ear for discovery to come along and support these events.

Safe Sextet
Hard bop sextet, playing a range of music from and inspired by the late 50′s early 60′s. Arrangements by Don Forbes and original tunes.

Trumpet: Don Forbes
Saxes: Paul Gowland & John Rowland
Keyboard: Pete Gilligan
Double bass: Paul Grainger
Drums Paul Wight


Pink Lane Jazz Co-Op – click here

// Latest news


The Jazz Sessions

April 2, 2014

We are starting a monthly Jazz session this month with a view to establish regular gigs in Durham City. The Jazz Sessions will take place...


DIY Youth Co-Op Launches

January 22, 2014

Could you be part of Durham’s next generation of DIY creative? From Thursday 6th Feb we’re starting a new initiative to help young people put...


XMAS and NYE at Empty Shop… PARTYYYYY!

December 6, 2013

December is a really busy month, we have loads going on so check out the calander for sure, but this post is about the parties...


Durham Book festival at Empty Shop HQ

September 27, 2013

We’ve gone Cuckoo for Durham Book Festival The Book Festival is one of the highlights of the Durham’s cultural calendar and while we’ve hosted the...