It’s always interesting asking local business operators how they ended up…
Source: Sarah Wilson
We’re part of a global movement to re-use, re-invigorate and re-present un-used spaces in our cities. We’re revitalising Nelson’s empty retail spaces by generating opportunities for artists, creatives, community and special interest groups who can fill a space with vibrant installations and activity. We’re also using some of the spaces to tell stories about our community, with interesting and engaging window displays and images. Because all the spaces are temporary, Make/Shift Spaces is about short-term solutions with long-term effects. Make/Shift Spaces is working directly with property owners and real estate agents, who are super keen to be involved in bringing life and creativity to our smart little city. Make/Shift Spaces is an ongoing roll-out of installations, and being clever about matching the right project with the right space. We want to make Nelson an incubator for new thinking, ideas and actions, with the potential to challenge and inform what constitutes a civic environment in the 21st century. www.makeshiftspaces.nz
It’s been one year since Make/Shift Spaces created they first space, and since then they’ve had 23 projects that have transformed, enlivened, filled, and generally brightened up empty retail spaces in Nelson’s city centre. These range from photo-stories on windows, exhibitions, mask-making workshops, a one-day choir and community discussion groups, through to a working theatre space with sold-out shows. Make/Shift Spaces has worked with artists, actors, choreographers, activists and educators, as well as organisations including Institute of Architects, Brook Waimārama Sanctuary, Nelson Arts Festival, Nelson Provincial Museum and Te Kāhui Whiria (Māori Partnerships Team) at Nelson City Council.
Right now, you can see Make/Shift Spaces window displays in Bridge Street, Trafalgar Steet and Montgomery Square, Cultural Conversations in Hardy Street, and Pop-Up Little Japan in Collingwood Street. Information about the installations, and how to be involved is at www.makeshiftspaces.nz