Empty Shops Network

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The Empty Shops Network provides free resources to anyone wanting to recycle empty shops (including the Empty Shops Toolkit, the definitive how-to guide for people using empty shops), and a UK-wide listing of projects in empty shops and other spaces.

The Network is also commissioned to run projects, and has worked across the UK with partners including the Culture Quarter Programme, Development Trusts Association, Meanwhile Project, Royal Opera House, South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust and Worthing Regeneration.

The Empty Shops Network's founder and curator of the Pop-Up Gallery and Workshop projects Dan Thompson frsa has spoken at many meetings, conferences and seminars to share ideas further. These include the Leeds Platespinners (2011), Harrow Museum (2011), University of the Arts Alumni at the ICA, London (2010); at RIBA’s Guerilla Tactics (2009); at Chain Reaction at Canary Wharf (2009); Gloo in Portsmouth (2010); at AIR Time events in London, Brighton and Belfast (2009-11); at the E17 Art Trail (2009); at Central St Martins Graduate Week (2009) and at the launch of Spacemakers and their Brixton Village project (2009). In June 2010, he flew to Belfast to speak alongside Northern Ireland Assembly minister Sammy Wilson MP at the launch of the city centre’s first empty shops project, organised by architecture centre PLACE and Arts & Business.

The Empty Shops Network is a passionate advocate in the media, and founder Dan Thompson has been interviewed by Hugh Pym for BBC News, appeared with Tracey Emin in Margate for Meridian, talked about the future of pop-up shops in a G2 special, taken part in a viral ad campaign for Yell and been featured in Lucy Siegle’s The Innovator column in The Observer Magazine.

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