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‘Meanwhile spaces’: the Empty Shops Becoming a Creative Force Across the UK

Friday, May 3, 2019   (0 Comments)

At the New York 2019 ISPA Congress, we discussed the future of cultural spaces in the (Meta) Physical Space session. This article shares how artists are bringing empty shops to life, offering people unique shopping experiences and revitalizing town centers.

UK's Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Meanwhile Foundation – which aims to “create socioeconomic value from vacant property” – and Meanwhile Space CIC launched Open Doors, a project that aims to spread the meanwhile idea further afield. Five locations have been chosen for the pilot phase.

The Guardian, in its recent article, introduces six cases spaces that are bringing creativity to these "meanwhile spaces."

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Weston Art Space in a former shop in Weston-super-Mare. Photograph: Jess Hicks