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February 2016

Open Access Walsall

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The exhibition showing from now until 6th March in the Open Gallery is Open Access by Natalie², the show is in empty retail property, procured by Hammond Associates,  at Old Square Shopping Centre Walsall. The mixed media installation uses dismantled technology, carefully selected threaded books, photography and interview extracts to explore the ongoing issues surrounding digital inequality ( .  The work aims to unplug the silence about who is able to access digital technology and who is represented through social media platforms. The piece is inspired by the closure of local public libraries and the reduction of library services, such as those of Birmingham’s new city centre library, where the question of accessibility is forcibly highlighted. The interviews were taken from participants that are either volunteers or service users of Sifa Fireside in Digbeth, Birmingham – a charity that tackles homelessness and alcohol misuse.  Natalie² is a multimedia, visual arts initiative led by Dr Natalie Shona Hart and Dr Natalie Linda Jones. Having met while studying in 2011, they were immediately struck by the cross-over between both their arts-based practice, theoretical research and ambition to expose the (almost) unspoken inequalities now growing ever-wider in regards to the social gap.  Their work is driven by their mutual determination to probe issues of social inequality, and to highlight the ‘lost narratives’ of everyday, ordinary, life in which the effects of this can be seen. Integrating participation is also, therefore, a crucial aspect of their practice. There will be a chance to meet the artists and the rest of Direct Art Action at a free launch event of Open Access in the Open Gallery on 18th February between 6-8pm.  The installation can be viewed from 10-6pm in the Open Gallery, Old Square Shopping Centre, Old Square, Walsall until March 6th and entry is free.

artist in temporary empty premises - pop up space

Radio feature for New Art Spaces

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Kwong Lee, from Manchester based Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces team (NAS) talks about their use of empty commercial property as temporary studios and gallery exhibition space on BBC Radio 3. The premises were procured by Hammond Associates the UK’s leading user of empty properties for charitable use. The programme called; A 21st Century Gallery Guide is to be broadcast on Sunday 21st February between 6.45pm and 7.30pm. For more information about this interview go to:

If you miss the programme you will be able to find it after the broadcast on: Follow NAS Chorlton at #CGNewArtSpaces.

Pictures below show artist working at NAS Chorlton.

artist in pop up space

business savings on empty property

2016 off with a bang for Country’s foremost charity property provider

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Hammond Associates started 2016 off with 9 new instructions to place charities in empty commercial premises. The 9 properties which were offered by landlords were snapped up by charities working in the areas. This represents a combined saving in excess of £300k for the landlords over the next 12 months, on business rates and other management costs. If your empty property is costing you money,  why not contact us today: