Empty Shop

Empty shop plays host to visual art display.

An empty shop in Wandsworth played host to a charity that works with artists who have learning disabilities this month.

Visual arts company Action Space ran an interactive exhibition of its artists’ work.  A series of workshops in the Southside Shopping Centre.

The event, which took place from May 5 to the May 20, was part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017.  An annual arts and culture festival across the district.

Associate artist Charlotte Hollinshead, 44, said. “The brilliant idea was to find a real public space to work in. We’ve we ending up taking over this empty shop.  This enabled our artists to really develop their practice further.  We want to now share it with the public.”

The Action Space, founded in the 1960s.  It now operates across three London studios in Clapham, Holborn and Canning Town.

Empty Shop

This particular event, attended by seven artists.  These seven artists all came from the South London branch of the charity.  There involvement being from between five and 15 years.

The workshops which have been running for the past few weeks.  We have welcomed a number of guests, who have learning disabilities.

Ms. Hollinshead said.  “Our workshops are very physical.  The people play at our workshops. Because when using the materials it can become very playful.  The People become involved.”

Time to run the scheme.

It is the third time that the group has run the scheme, working in empty shops since 2010.

Project Coordinator Cornelia Marland, 29, said. “This project is such a good opportunity for the artists.  It enables us to have some space to really be able to show off our work.  So far, we are so excited about this year’s artwork. For example, to last years, it’s a whole lot more exciting, so vibrant and honest.”

The installations feature around a large cube structure which the artists attach their sculptures, paintings, and colleges too.

The public who can come into the shop at any time can buy the works exhibited.

General manager Vicky Tweedie, 32, said.  “It’s very much about the public being able to see them working, seeing them creating.  Not just having a static exhibition.”

For more information about the charity and future events visit