Artists Space

Empty Office Units in Milton Keynes

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Look out all my creative friends.  We have just been offered 3 empty office units in Milton Keynes.  Loads of space for all do you need extra space to expand your work – please get in touch.

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Hammond Associates facilitates expansion of charity into Hull

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 Since 1988, Skippko, an arts project team in Leeds, has been directly engaging in community activity to transform people’s lives: change through creativity. In a 4 year period, Skippko has created 18 programmes of work in 60 communities across 5 northern cities; to resource this work they have generated in excess of £450,000.

 Skippko takes on vacant retail and commercial properties, in partnership with local artists / organisations or collectives. They curates these buildings to create local arts project hubs currently in Leeds, York, Bradford, Baildon and soon Hull. Following the success of creating a very large city centre community hub in Bradford (NCP Retail, Hall Ings), Skippko now invites artists, organisations and collectives from Hull and the surrounding region to come to Ferens Court (16/20 Anlaby Road, HU1 2PA) on Saturday 17th June from 2pm to see the various spaces in this fabulous four storey building and discuss with us how they can use this building in the best interests of Hull.

 Please turn up on the day, or, if you want further information before hand, please contact:

 Cath Brooke                Arts Programme Manager

Arthur Stafford            Director                         

Skippko Arts Team
42 Barkston House
Croydon Street
LS11 9RT

National car park company is the latest big business to allow their void units to be used by artists.

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SKIPPKO have taken on a huge site in Bradford and turned it into a mecca for cyclists.  This former JJB Sports property in the centre of Bradford had been empty for several years.  They now have cyclists and artists using it to bring it back to life. From empty, dead space to engaging, dynamic, vibrant, venue.

Landlords can claim Empty Property Rate Relief on their empty commercial space.

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First ‘Away Day’ Signals Bright Future

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First ‘away day’ signals bright future for creative and culturals wanting to use empty commercial space.

Empty Airedale Shopping Unit Used for Multiple Charities

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Hammond associates have facilitated the use of empty commercial property in the Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley for use by artists as well as Dementia Friendly Keighley and MAMA NA MTOTO.UK a charity for African mothers. These properties will enhance the shopping centre bringing empty shops back into use and offer an eclectic mix of services and experiences for shoppers.

If you are a property landlord, find out how you could realise empty business rate relief.

Turning empty space into interesting space;

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Reopening of Hull International Photo Gallery, Princes Quay

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The Creative and Cultural Company launched the reopening of Hull International Photo Gallery on 3rd June.

The launch exhibition titled ‘Close to Abstract’ attracted over 500 visitors who were encouraged to taste a new cocktail prepared for the evening, entitled ‘up close and personal’. The space procured by Hammond Associates, is supported by East Street Arts and Princes Quay Shopping Centre. The exhibition runs until the 3rd July on the Harbour Deck at Princes Quay and is open to all members of the public, entry is free.

Behind the Scenes at Navigator North

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There’s lots of things going on ‘behind the scenes’ at Navigator North HQ. This art studio is based in Dundas House sourced by Hammond Associates to revive an empty office block in the middle of Middlesbrough.
Adrian Moule and Anna Atkinson-Dunn of Teesside Print Group will be showing participants how to engage with the print surface to create interesting three colour and white Lino prints. Participants will then have their work submitted to the International Print Exchange.
This is a two-day workshop where delegates will be tutored in
• Two plate Linocut printing
• Design considerations for linocut
• Lino cutting techniques and safety
• Up to Four Colour printing
• Registration skills for multiple prints
The course will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May at Navigator Print Studio, Dundas House, Dundas Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1HY. Contact for further information.


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.

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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.

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Skippo Cath Brooke exhibition

SKIPPKO present Under the Bed print exhibition

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Anyone in Leeds on Saturday afternoon with half an hour to spare pop along to Oxford House, details below, to see and purchase from an exhibition of prints by local artist Cath Brooke.

The exhibition is hosted by The Skippko Arts Team as part of their Blank Canvas initiative which utilises empty commercial space to promote their work with disadvantaged members of the community. The premises, another sourced by Hammond Associates, specialists in finding pop up spaces for charities nationwide.

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