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Transforming spaces event– 50 free places

Arts use of empty shops and other disused spaces


Saturday 17 March 2012 9.30am – 5.15pm @ firstsite, Colchester

Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH

£32.40 incl. VAT, lunch and two refreshment breaks. 50 free places available! (see booking form attached for further details)

A Regional conference hosted by UK premier Empty Shop organisation Slack Space Colchester, in partnership with firstsite. The event will look at working in empty shops and other disused spaces and will combine an interactive focus on case studies and success stories with practical advice and contextual understanding. This event is suitable for: Artists / Community groups / Arts and regeneration professionals / Landlords and developers. All delegates will receive a copy of the Slack Space Manual and the Empty Shops Toolkit

Partner profile:

Space is one of the premier ‘empty shop’organisations in the UK and has been successfully putting art and performance into empty shops for over two and a half years

is a contemporary visual arts organisation based in Colchester with a mission to make contemporary art relevant to everyone.

is a CoExist project featuring two weeks of art and interventions in Southend High Street with artists working directly with venues to create site-led work.

is housed within a converted water works. Currently it houses CoExist Galleries and Studios,The White Bus, MEET, Solug and Open Arts.

We are Bedford is a community collective. The group put on the Castle Quay Weekender in March 2011, an arts festival in 7 empty shops, and run various other successful community events.

Meanwhile Space is led by the Development Trusts Association as part of the Advancing Assets programme, with support from the Dept. of Communities and Local Government.

Empty Shops Network is the National Network for organisations and individuals working in empty shops and other disused spaces.

offer a brokerage service between landlords / developers with empty space and charities or other organisations wishing to use that space.


3 Responses

  1. Hello All,

    I’m interested in this event as I am part of a community group who are developing an initiative around these issues but live in the north-east of england – would it be possible to still attend?

    • Hi Rosi, please check out the link in the post to find out from the organizers if there are still places available, good luck.

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