After being in Exile during June, July at SHOP provides the antidote: Community! Yes, July is Community Month and we’ve planned LOADS of events to get you all out and about and engaging: gigs, films, art club –everything is community and community is everything so make sure you get involved!
5th July – 31st July 11am – 7pm Free
(Private View: 3rd July 7pm – 9pm)
‘A Communication in Unity’ by
An exhibition themed around SHOP’s community arts remit. Five graphic design students have been given the opportunity to create artwork based around the word community. This event is a celebration of community in all its forms, with the designers producing their own individual interpretation of what community means to them.
3rd July 11am – 4pm Free
Christmas Steps Arts Quarter: Artisan Market
The monthly SHOP-organised Artisan Market returns. Local makers sell their wares in amongst the other independent traders of the Arts Quarter, in the charmingly irregular setting of the Christmas Steps.
5th July 7pm onwards Free
The World Is Not Flat
SHOP welcomes back dear old friends The World Is Not Flat for another evening of story-songing and wonderfully dulcet tones. They will be joined by some extra special friends…
14th July 7.30pm – 9.30pm Free
CineSHOP: Lars and the Real Girl
When shy Lars adopts a life-size doll as his girlfriend, the event is treated seriously, rather than derisively, in this distinctly odd small town American community. The doll is treated as a celebrity, asked to parties, offered jobs and, more appropriately, as a clothes model, events that open up Lars's own social horizon.
22nd July 7.30pm – 9.30pm Free
CineSHOP: Cecil B. Demented
John Water’s black comedy is one of the best films around. When renegade filmmaker Cecil B. Demented vows to “punish bad cinema” his plans include a group of generally weird and freaky film buffs called the Sprocket Holes. Demented and his crew kidnap Hollywood ’s sweetheart Honey Whitlock and force her to perform in their rebel film and she slowly becomes “Demented Forever”.
17th July – 18th July Free
The Zine Library: Launch! AND SHOP’s 3rd Opening Party: 18 on the 18th
You will probably know by now that SHOP has been busy compiling a Zine Library. After submissions from all over the world, we are now ready to launch it! The library will be housed through SHOP’s secret door in the adjoining premises, so this is actually a double party: Zine Library Launch and Opening Party. We would love you to help us celebrate! And if you have Zines you would like to contribute bring them along too!
26th July – 30th July
Let’s Do Nice Things
Let's Do Nice Things is a participatory arts project started by Bentleg. After feeling slightly forlorn and having a disposition toward postal systems, she started posting to people all over the globe things that she did get posted herself. This was postswap.
Then one day she did ask herself how she felt today and not content with the answer decided to ask two hundred strangers the same question...
Forward to a different city and a few sofas later, Bentleg does lots of things; gets strangers to part take in tasks, gets a roll of lining paper and draws something here, please, puts art to the masses in Art Club in a pub and listens to music, ever so slightly too loud.
Let's Do Nice Things is about not worrying about what you can and cannot do; it is about not shopping, not watching tv and instead think about thinking and do about doing.
26th July 7.30pm onwards Free
CineSHOP: Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
27th July 7.30pm onwards £5 (to cover costs and materials)
Naked people in a shop to draw.
28th July 7.30pm onwards £5 (to cover costs and materials)
Making things what we are told to make (Task Me Up)
29th July 7.30pm onwards £5 (to cover costs and materials)
An interesting evening of games.
30th July 7.30pm onwards Free
Pop Up Gallery
Would you like to submit some work? Email: email@example.com
To sign up to the event, RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All month via Twitter www.twitter.com/talesfromshop Free
What are you doing right now?
Inspired by an idea from Shop Club Member, Kate to take a photograph at an exact point each day, for Community Month SHOP will be asking you ‘what are you doing right now?’ at random points throughout the days and weeks of July. This will build up a portrait of the real-lives of an otherwise ‘virtual’ community. The answers will be retweeted, spreading the community wider. A record of the activity will be kept for SHOP’s CIC Year Book.
SHOP is currently in the process of organising the use of one of the planting areas at St Michael’s Primary School. We will then use the area for potential WorkSHOP’s and also growing our own produce. We will keep you posted when we know more!
Don’t forget FAN meets monthly at SHOP, the second Wednesday of the month at 6pm. FAN means, Friends and Neighbours and it’s a chance to meet to and talk to others in the community.
Search for ‘37th Chamber’ on Facebook
The 37th Chamber return to SHOP on Saturday 10th for another night of kung fu and samurai grindhouse classics.
Throughout Saturday 3rd July, Shop Club Member shows a collection of photos taken in Norway . Eddy will accompany them live on his clarinet.