Shop to be transformed

A Bath Street shop, which has stood empty for two years, is set to be brought back to life when the first in a series of ‘pop-up’ art galleries arrives this weekend.

Visitors will get to explore an exhibition by Empty Orchestra, co-curated by former Ilkeston School pupil Georgie Park, at the former Burton’s menswear store in the Albion Shopping Centre.

The shop will be transformed on Saturday to show off the group’s video and text-based works.

There will even be a stage in which the general public is invited to perform.

Alongside Empty Orchestra’s exhibition, artist Mik Godley will be creating live iPad portraits of Ilkeston folk at 11am.

He is looking for three volunteer sitters – one per hour session.

Mik said: “Poseurs required – watch your iPad portrait being drawn live, then post on to Facebook for the world to see”

Other artists are set to follow in coming months, including West Hallam-based writer Chrissie Hall .

She will run ‘life writing’ workshops aimed at older residents and will be encouraging participants to create writings based on their stories and memories. The works will be displayed in the shop to be shared with the public.

Smalley-based fine artist Stephanie Richards is set to create a huge 3D paper sculpture based on the local landscape inside Burton, which will develop over a number of weeks.

She will screen off the window from the public to allow for the work to develop, revealing a little at a time.

Finally Bath Street’s own community arts group Wash Arts will be asking Ilkestonians for their first-hand accounts of local erving abroad in the armed forces, which will be translated into an installation.

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