Empty shop in chippenham is Put to Use By Community-Based Organisation

Different colour paints

Community Organisation Kandu Arts will put a unit that currently stands unoccupied in Chippenham to use with their ‘S.H.O.P – Social Hub of Positivity’. Unit 3 in Emery Gate shopping centre will be transformed to a multi-purpose community hub where art, music, crafts, film information and more will be shared.

Window displays of banners about Kandu’s work to engage the community, particularly through mentoring and creativity for young people have already brightened up Emery Gate alongside seasonal trees created by Wiltshire Wood Recycling. Within the four walls of Unit 3, ‘Made by Rosey T’ will be making and selling her recycled material clothing designs and Rian Whiteside will be T shirt printing and selling his work.

Artist in residence Alex Walker will be painting, live, alongside an exhibition of her work and art donated to Kandu’s Safe and Sounds Refugee project will be on display and exhibitions and artists will be ever changing. Be sure to also keep an eye out for the likes of Mary Qwamby, Rachel Melody and many more.

Locally produced craft items such as cards and flowerpots will be on sale as well as fresh apple juice produced from Kandus own allotment fruit.

Riverbank studios will be delivering music lessons and workshops in the basement, and in the main area, once the health emergency clears, there will be opportunities to see films, music and participate in workshops – ranging from crafts to martial arts. Local community services will have information points and other sustainable businesses and ventures will have some of their items available.

The information above was sourced from Kandu Arts’ news release found here.

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