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Empty shops to become art in Boro
high street scene
The Middlesbrough pop up shops project will run throughout 2010

Empty shops in Middlesbrough are being handed over to artists for free to showcase their work.

The project, which will run throughout 2010, starts with an event on Thursday 17 December at 'We Are Open' on Newport Road, in Middlesbrough centre.

Organiser Jenny Hall said: 'This is a showcase for the North East's finest artists and designers.

'It's perfect for last minute shoppers looking to buy unique and exclusive gifts for their loved ones.'

Local communities should benefit from a more vibrant high street, as they will see their town being brought back to life
Jenny Hall

Jenny says that the project aims to revive town centres:

"Spaces will be inhabited and animated for a day, a week a month or longer, creating an element of surprise.

"Artists from all disciplines will be in various town centre locations, selling work through exhibitions, gigs, film screenings and workshops.

"Local communities should benefit from a more vibrant high street, as they will see their town being brought back to life, and will spend locally and maybe prevent other businesses from closing too."

The first Middlesbrough pop-up shop opens at 10am on Thursday 17 December with pop-up veterans, Carlo and Nick from Empty Shop in Durham running the store.

Friday 18 December will be hosted by Olivia Monaghan and Design Mob, and on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December the shop will be taken over by a mixture of designers, artists and photographers.

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