Shopkeepers of the World

Charity shops hold the objects that tell the stories of their community.

Shopkeepers of the World is a project uniting and celebrating the culture of shopping in St Leonards on Sea and Bexhill, exploring the charity shop as a vessel for memories of people and place.

 Image: Esther Springett, 2018

Image: Esther Springett, 2018

Based on the idea of the charity shop as an archive for the community, four artists are working with staff and volunteers, objects and stories to create a trail of artworks that highlight and celebrate the role of charity shops in people's lives. A series of art installations by artists Alinah Azadeh, Noemi Lakmaier, Albery Potrony and Hermione Allsopp will be in charity shops in September 2018 as part of Coastal Currents Arts Festival

Upcoming events

Shopkeepers of the World Donation Days

Saturday 12 May, Jerwood Gallery Hastings, drop-in anytime between 12pm-4pm

Saturday 23 June, De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, drop-in anytime between 11am-3pm

Saturday 30th June, St Leonards Festival - Kings Road, drop-by anytime 11pm-4pm

Bring along a pre-loved item you’d like to donate to a local charity or your own charity shop find and share the story behind it over a cup of tea. Open to all, drop in anytime. 

Find out what happened at our first 'free lunch' event held for charity shop staff and volunteers on Kings Road, St Leonards and read arts collective Bargain's guest blog for QDT. The event was a fun, unique day for all and marked the start of new relationships, conversations and research around the social history and significance of charity shops in our community.

Project in partnership with St Michael’s Hospice, Shelter, Hastings Furniture Service, Hastings and Bexhill Mencap, Autism Sussex, De La Warr Pavilion, Jerwood and Arts Council England.