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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. ...read more

// Upcoming Events

Feb
28
Sat
Café Scientifique: Active Materials: A Wire with Memories @ Empty Shop HQ
Feb 28 @ 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.

This talk will be by Patrick Dondl, who works at the mathematics department at Durham University. Here’s the abstract:

The so-called shape memory effect that occurs in some materials has been studied extensively by scientists since its discovery in the 1960s. Basically, certain metallic alloys can be deformed easily and in a seemingly plastic fashion, but, after heating them up above a certain critical temperature (roughly 70C), they suddenly appear to ‘remember’ their old shape and return to it. One can easily come up with many applications for such a material, some that are already used in industry include their use in dental braces or artery stents. A more recent, exciting idea is to include them microscopic actuators on ‘single chip’ devices that combine computing capability, sensing, and actuation.

I will discuss some of the applications as well as the basic underlying mechanism for this strange behavior, and then talk briefly about some mathematical challenges that arise when modeling those materials.

 

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the Empty Shop at 3:45 pm after such a long time!

If you’re unsure how to get there, please take a look at our homepage (see link below) where there is a map. On the day, we will put a blackboard outside at 3:30 to guide you in!

http://www.cafescidurham.co.uk/index.php
We are looking forward to seeing you there at the usual time of 3:45 pm in Empty Shop! If you’re unsure how to get there, please take a look at our homepage where there is a map. On the day, we will put a blackboard outside at 3:30 to guide you in!


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.

Mar
2
Mon
Play: Skylight @ Empty Shop HQ
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Fourth Wall Theatre presents ‘Skylight’ by David Hare


“‘Skylight’ is a celebration of small failures and grand dreams, an exploration of love on its most intimate canvas spread out against the unwashed dishes and run-down furniture of modern life.”

Set in a small and tattered suburban flat, ‘Skylight’ condenses a lifetime of love, loss and experience into a single, freezing winter’s night. When schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship. As the evening progresses they find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires, searching for forgiveness in the fading January light.

Performances:
Monday 2nd March, 7:30pm
Tuesday 3rd March, 7:30pm
Wednesday 4th March, 7:30pm

Prices:
£8 (Standard) / £6.5 (Concession) / £6 (DST)

Tickets:
Please note that there are only 35 tickets available per performance.
https://community.dur.ac.uk/dst/show.php?show=1208

Contact:
If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch with Penny at pouneh.babakhani@durham.ac.uk

Mar
3
Tue
Play: Skylight @ Empty Shop HQ
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Fourth Wall Theatre presents ‘Skylight’ by David Hare


“‘Skylight’ is a celebration of small failures and grand dreams, an exploration of love on its most intimate canvas spread out against the unwashed dishes and run-down furniture of modern life.”

Set in a small and tattered suburban flat, ‘Skylight’ condenses a lifetime of love, loss and experience into a single, freezing winter’s night. When schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship. As the evening progresses they find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires, searching for forgiveness in the fading January light.

Performances:
Monday 2nd March, 7:30pm
Tuesday 3rd March, 7:30pm
Wednesday 4th March, 7:30pm

Prices:
£8 (Standard) / £6.5 (Concession) / £6 (DST)

Tickets:
Please note that there are only 35 tickets available per performance.
https://community.dur.ac.uk/dst/show.php?show=1208

Contact:
If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch with Penny at pouneh.babakhani@durham.ac.uk

Mar
4
Wed
Play: Skylight @ Empty Shop HQ
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Fourth Wall Theatre presents ‘Skylight’ by David Hare


“‘Skylight’ is a celebration of small failures and grand dreams, an exploration of love on its most intimate canvas spread out against the unwashed dishes and run-down furniture of modern life.”

Set in a small and tattered suburban flat, ‘Skylight’ condenses a lifetime of love, loss and experience into a single, freezing winter’s night. When schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship. As the evening progresses they find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires, searching for forgiveness in the fading January light.

Performances:
Monday 2nd March, 7:30pm
Tuesday 3rd March, 7:30pm
Wednesday 4th March, 7:30pm

Prices:
£8 (Standard) / £6.5 (Concession) / £6 (DST)

Tickets:
Please note that there are only 35 tickets available per performance.
https://community.dur.ac.uk/dst/show.php?show=1208

Contact:
If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch with Penny at pouneh.babakhani@durham.ac.uk