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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

Café Scientifique: Science Dragons’ Den @ Empty Shop HQ
Nov 1 @ 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 week’s café, anyone can come and do a 3 minute talk about an interesting piece of science news or research in order to persuade the rest of the group that your science is the most interesting out of everyone’s.

You can either use something that you’ve found, or use one of our bank articles. Alternatively, please feel free to just come along, listen to other people’s talks and to learn about some interesting bits of science!

Clearly, you’ll be competing for the pride of winning a competition at the café, but there will also be some prizes available (ok, one prize available) for the winner.

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.

The Zu Zu Cats + DJ Richie B @ Empty Shop HQ
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm

The Zu Zu Cats are back for their 3rd gig and this one is a Halloween extravaganza!

zzcExpect 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…

Fancy dress optional

FREE ENTRY! Doors from 7pm

House rules: Be nice, respect the place and the people in it

The Jazz Sessions: Havana Club 5 @ Empty Shop HQ
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Working in association with the Jazz Co-Op in Newcastle and following a successful run of taster sessions, we are excited to announce that The Jazz Sessions will continue on the first Thursday of every month.

Jazz sessions November webThanks to everyone who came to the first four sessions.

Havana Club 5

Chano Vega (Guitar and vocals)
Alan Law (Piano )
Paul Grainger (Bass)
Paco Rivera (Congas , Hand Percussion )
Carlos Luis Rivera (Timbales , Bongos, Vocals)

A Latin Jazz ensemble with latin flavour, playing a spirited mix of standard and original tunes, to authentic latin and Afro-Cuban grooves.

We encourage anyone with an interested in live jazz, or an ear for discovery to come along and support these events and please, spread the word!

Doors from 7:30pm // Music starts at 8pm

Jazz Co-Op – click here

‘David bought a suit’ : Spoken word & music @ Empty Shop HQ
Nov 8 @ 8:30 pm


// 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...