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NEWS AND MEDIA
SHOPART! IMPACTS ON EMPTY SHOPS
4 Mar 2011
The CCP have been working with City Council & Norwich Arts Centre on a project to reduce the impact of vacant shops on the Norwich streetscene
As ShopArt! continues to have a profound visual impact across the city, empty shop windows in Norwich city centre are filled with art by local artists in Phase 3 of the project supported through the CCP. The project launched its own Art Shop providing a chance to buy affordable work by ShopArt! artists from both the 1st and 2nd set of exhibitions in December with a large turnout and positive coverage in the local press. Additional ShopArt! coverage has included kids from Catton Grove Primary learning to be curators with ShopArt!
Plans are starting to take shape for an emporium-of-art style event at 10-12 Upper King Street on Sunday 27 March from 12 till 6pm. The proposed event will provide many different spaces with a variety of artistic styles, including live art and music, theatre, exhibitions and kid's activities - The Neutrinos, ROSA & the electric actors, a live Art collective, an illustration maze, live screen printing, poetry takeaway and a tea room have been confirmed.
A third wave of exhibitions are presently being installed, including a new set of illustrations on the Castle Meadow boards and a new Art Education window exhibit created and installed by the children from Catton Grove Junior School.
Another exciting development includes the plan to attach a huge artwork to the metal hoarding which covers the street level of Westlegate House tower on Westlegate, totally changing the look of the building.
There have been some great benefits for the artists, Dale Wylie is working with schools as a result of a teacher seeing his exhibition and Malca Schotten has received several new commissions.
"City Centre Management is critical in building successful city centres. Businesses recognise improving the quality of the public realm is synonymous with delivering a better, more popular and more profitable trading environment. Property owners know that a better trading environment enhances the status of town centres and the demand for property. Transport Providers find that more attractive, accessible town centres strengthen our most efficient transport hubs and increases demand for modern transport systems. In fact all stakeholders benefit from a buzzing city centre. City centre management is the key to getting joined up action."
MARTIN BLACKWELL, Development Director, Association of Town Centre Management