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Empty shop is transformed into community art project

An empty shop was turned into a community art project for a month in an aim to help uplift Whitton High Street.

Artist Chloe Edwards and Jessica Charleston moved into the unit for four weeks from December to January to work with the local community.

The artists took a ‘pop-up’ version of their project The Emporium to the site, running a variety of workshops for members of the public.

Chloe said: “We transformed an empty high street shop into an interactive hub for the established artist but also the curious.

“Our workshops resulted in portraits of local faces, allowing people to take part in a creative journey that will inspire hand made books or prints.

“We wanted to turn the shop into a giant camera obscura – creating a snap shot of Whitton in the past but also in the future.”

The project was carried out in conjunction with the Town Centre Manager and Whitton Business Association, and funded by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund.

The workshops were a mixture of organised sessions for local schools and groups and drop-in sessions for members of the public.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council’s cabinet member for community, business and culture, said: ““In the All in One survey, residents in Whitton expressed the view that they wanted the opportunity to explore, celebrate and express the identity of their local area.

“This art project gave local people the platform to be creative and inspired by the place in which they live and it also brought an empty shop to life.”

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