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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

Gaz Brookfield // Jonny Gill // Daniel Versus The World @ Empty Shop HQ
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm

Gaz Brookfield is a solo acoustic musician based in Bristol. His songs are instantly accessible every-man tales of life, love and everything else in between. He recently toured the UK’s O2 Academies with The Levellers, where he broke all the venue records for numbers of albums sold by a support act every night. (Upwards of 60 albums sold per night). This secured him yet more tour dates with them in Europe in May 2013 and the UK in June, July and August 2013. With over 900 gigs under his belt to date, he continues to tireless tour the UK, proving that the “journeyman” title is more than a simple metaphor.

Joining Gaz are York based singer/songwriter/tealover Jonny Gill, who has a new EP to sing at everyone, and everyone’s favourite punk pianist Daniel Versus The World.

£5 entry and a hug please.

Gaz Brookfield.

Jonny Gill.

Daniel Versus The World.

Facebook event – click here

Café Scientifique: Color: From Cones to Consciousness @ Empty Shop HQ
Oct 25 @ 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

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 science in general afterwards.


In this talk, Liam Norman will cover some of the more interesting aspects of colour vision, and how these aspects tell us about how colour vision works, from the mechanisms of low-level photoreceptors in the eye to the processes in the brain that determine that colours that we actually become conscious of.

As always, we will be meeting in the Empty Shop, which is just outside The Gates Shopping Centre. There will be a board outside so you know where you are going! The ‘doors’ will open at 3:45 pm and the talk will be starting at 4:00 pm. See you there!

Image Credit: Fine Art America

More about Cafe Sci
We meet at 3:45pm each Saturday during term time at Empty Shop.

The cafe is ran by Josh Borrow and John D’Silva, who are Physics and Natural Sciences students respectively. They have recently taken the cafe over from Jamal Kinsella and Tim Wiles, who ran it for a number of years.

The cafe is hosted in Empty Shop Durham, who have been providing us with space and help since around May 2014. Empty Shop is a reasonably large venue, meaning our capacity is about 50 people. There is a bar, which you can order drinks and snacks from to graze on during the talk – it wouldn’t be much of a cafe otherwise! You can find out more about Empty Shop on their website.

The cafe is funded by the Natural Sciences Society of Durham University, which we are wholefully grateful for. We use the money that they give us to promote future cafes and to buy equipment that we need.

Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 12:00 am

Following a recent move to London, PREQWAL is visiting Durham for another one of his specatcular sets along with visuals from frequent collaborator MORSKY.

Expect All sorts of original electronic music, live visuals and awesome tunes from the duo and an amazing lineup of supporting DJs. 7pm start with first act on at 7:30pm.


“a true SynthWave high….enigmatic Sci-Fi soundscape with SynthFunk grooves…”







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The 100 Second Story Smackdown @ Empty Shop HQ
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Durham University English Society present the 100 Second Story Smackdown

100 second story smackdown poster (1)Participants’ best stories in 100 seconds or less. 100 stories or 100 minutes, whichever comes first. A no-holds barred storytelling smackdown. At the end of the dash, only one storyteller will be left standing.​

Give it a Go! Free event held in conjunction with the DSU.

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// Latest news


The Jazz Sessions

April 2, 2014

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XMAS and NYE at Empty Shop… PARTYYYYY!

December 6, 2013

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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...