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 have been working with staff and volunteers, objects and stories to create a trail of artworks that highlight and celebrate the role the charity shop in people's lives. A series of art installations by artists Alinah Azadeh, Noemi Lakmaier, Albery Potrony and Hermione Allsopp are situated across St Leonards and Bexhill from the 8th-30th September 2018 as part of Coastal Currents Arts Festival

Upcoming events:

Launch - Saturday 8th September, 2-5pm -join a walking tour of charity shops with Quiet Down There and are four artists.  Experience the artworks at each location followed by tea and discussion at the De La Warr Pavilion.  Tour starts at 2pm at Warrior Square Station.  To book a place on the tour, email: emily@quietdownthere.co.uk

Workshops at Thriftfest, Saturday 22nd September, 10am - 4pm

The Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings

As part of Thriftfest, Shopkeepers of the World artists will be running free workshops exploring different creative processes that have been developed in charity shops in Bexhill and St Leonards on Sea. Explore textiles, sculpture and the secret lives of objects. In association with Hastings Furniture Service.

About the artists:

 Burning The Books (VII), Alinah Azadeh, 2014.  Photo: Christine Pedreira courtesy Urban Dialogues

Burning The Books (VII), Alinah Azadeh, 2014.  Photo: Christine Pedreira courtesy Urban Dialogues

Alinah Azadeh is an artist, writer and performer using gift, ritual and materiality to open up fresh ways of reflecting on our social and cultural identities. Over the last two decades, interwoven with her solo practice, her public artworks have involved thousands of people in installations and live projects exploring grief, loss and debt to equality, social change, migration and conflict.

 Three Double Four Two, Durational Performance, Noemi Lakmaier, 2015.  Photo: Joy Stanley

Three Double Four Two, Durational Performance, Noemi Lakmaier, 2015.  Photo: Joy Stanley

Noëmi Lakmaier is an Austrian born British live and performance artist. Her work explores notions of the ‘Other’ from the physical to the philosophical, the personal to the political. She has a particular interest how we relate to ourselves and others as embodied being-in-the-world. Using her own body, alongside everyday materials as well as the bodies of others, she creates durational,  endurance based performances and living installations, which explore the boundaries between the objectified physiological body we have and the phenomenological body we are.

 Another Utopia, collaboration with members of Abeona Housing Co-operative, Albert Potrony, 2015/16

Another Utopia, collaboration with members of Abeona Housing Co-operative, Albert Potrony, 2015/16

Albert Potrony is an artist with a participatory practice exploring ideas of identity, community and language. Albert is interested in generating social spaces through his projects, and participation from diverse groups and individuals is a key element of his work.

 

 Calcified Feelings Ceramic objects, fire surround, grout, expanding filler, Hermione Allsopp, 2017.

Calcified Feelings Ceramic objects, fire surround, grout, expanding filler, Hermione Allsopp, 2017.

 

 

Hermione Allsopp is an artist who typically makes sculptural work by collecting objects and furniture and re-creating them into new form or compositions. She lives and works in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. She graduated from MA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Previous events-Shopkeepers of the World Donation Days

Open to all- people in the community were invited to bring along pre-loved items they wanted to donate to a local charity or their own charity shop 'find' and they were asked to share the story behind the object over a cup of tea.

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


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. 

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