Empty shops in Colchester are turning into pop up art galleries this autumn
Artist Mark Titchner is producing a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled ‘Is this the place of your dreams?’ which will be placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s current exhibition at Firstsite, ‘Some questions about us’ (until 13 October).
To produce these works, the artist is asking Colchester residents to consider the issues that they find most significant in the town today and to share them with him in the form of a question. These issues can be personal, local or international, but all need to reflect aspects of life in the town.
The questions will form the basis of the new artworks that he will produce, offering an insight into the wide range of concerns and aspirations of the diverse people of Colchester. By presenting these concerns as questions we are being encouraged to identify specific issues and to collectively think of creative solutions.
The work is initially being installed in three vacant shops–the former location for Superdrug in Priory Street, Geller Butchers in St John’s Street and a vacant retail space in Culver Square.
The public are being invited to join in with this project through a series of events over the next eight weeks, where they can meet Mark and suggest a question that they would like to share.
There will be events at Firstsite on 5 October and 2 November (10am – 3pm) which are open to anyone.
The project is funded by the Business Improvement District (BID), Our Colchester.
For more information visit firstsite.uk