NEWS: Empty Shop Granted License To Thrill
Durham based art organization Empty Shop has converted its headquarters into a multipurpose creative venue. The contemporary art collective’s home has been host to regular exhibitions since its opening in January 2010. But with the new license the venue can now host live music and serve alcohol.
The organisation was created in 2008 by Carlo Vigislan and Nick Maylan and the aim was to provide a space that gives the opportunity to create and exhibit art that might not necessarily have a home elsewhere.
Carlo adheres to this aim and commented ‘We want to encourage people to host their events here, even things that are outside the box; trying out new ideas is a good thing and doing it in a City where the contemporary arts scene is still raw, experimental and hungry makes it all the more exciting’
The change in license increases the venues ability to contribute to Durham’s improving cultural efforts. The venue welcomes all genres of music but interestingly will only be putting on exclusively acoustic performances. The first gig is Eric Ayotte and Friends, who have travelled all the way from the USA to bring their charming brand of personal and political folk music.
Although it is planning to offer much more than music as owner Carlo tells us ‘Other events in the pipeline include film screenings, discussions, drawing jams and the first of a regular series of events Music Appreciation – a series of music listening sessions focusing on seminal but often neglect recordings.’
The first music appreciation will take place next Tuesday, and be a regular instalment from then on. There’s also Eric Ayotte & Friends popping over from America for a gig on November 5; tickets £3.
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