Shopping in Wakefield gets cultural

Former Bay Trading and Past Times shop in the upper mall area of the Ridings Mall has been turned into an art gallery. Art in Empty Spaces is putting on art installations, starting with artists Lisa V Robinson (L) and Angie de Courcy Bower (R)'w6293a137
Former Bay Trading and Past Times shop in the upper mall area of the Ridings Mall has been turned into an art gallery. Art in Empty Spaces is putting on art installations, starting with artists Lisa V Robinson (L) and Angie de Courcy Bower (R)'w6293a137

EMPTY shops are being transformed into miniature art galleries.

The Art House on Drury Lane is working with local artists on the Sites in Sight: Art for Quiet Times project, which seeks to liven up vacant spaces, both commercial and residential, across the city.

And the first, at the former Past Times shops in the Ridings, opened last night, featuring paintings by local artists Angie de Courcy Bower and Lisa Robinson.

Chief executive at The Art House Anne Cunningham said: “This programme is an exciting opportunity for artists to give back to their communities and provide moments of enjoyment and reflection.”

The exhibition will be open from 5pm-7pm during the next Artwalk on Wednesday, September 28, until the November Artwalk.

Opening times during the course of the exhibition will be displayed in store.