Friday, 31 July 2009

Closed shops blight for one Derby business

Here's a piece from the BBC about how one Derby business is suffering by being the one open shop amidst a sea of closed ones. This is an example of what PlymSlackSpace can stop, given support from leaseholders / owners and you...

A stitch in time...

Let's act before it's too late for Plymouth. Follow this blog to show your support, share it with your Plymothian friends and encourage them to join up too.

We need people to follow us who are
  • from Plymouth or who regularly come here
  • or owners / leaseholders of currently empty Plymouth retail properties
  • local artists
  • local people who like wandering around art galleries / displays :)
  • people who like buying art ;)
  • local people who support the whole idea, whether they intend to come along or not
  • Plymouth council members / local politicians who support the idea
  • local art groups / collectives / flickr groups / facebook groups and so on...

That's you (yes you!)

If you fall into any of these categories, help get the number of followers here up into the hundreds by following right now!

If we can get to high numbers of followers, we'll kinda force the hand of those whose hands need forcing—but in a nice way :)

So tell your friends to follow too—don't be shy about it! See those buttons below for sharing? Well, go on, get to it!

comments / suggestions / feedback welcomed and encouraged

Friday, 3 July 2009

Empty / closing shops in city centre

These photos show shops that are either empty or are closing down. Taken on date of posting. Filenames give locations.


City Centre

comments / suggestions / feedback welcomed and encouraged

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Aims and Objectives

These are the ones set from the first two meetings. They may be updated as work initially progresses and then revisited again later as the project evolves.


  1. To help improve the visibility of fine art artists / makers based in Plymouth
  2. To help engage the public and commercial enterprises in the work of these artists
  3. To help the artists sell their work by arranging locations for them to display in / at
  4. To use art to help maintain and improve the feel of an area where spaces and buildings are becoming slack or empty due to business closure or temporary inability to let
  5. To investigate and implement specific projects to further these aims


  1. Encourage a linked up online community of target artists using facilities such as twitter, facebook, and a Google Friend Connect enabled blog
  2. Establish a brand image / graphics / logos etc
  3. Obtain funding
  4. Ensure that direct and indirect costs incurred by the organisers are accounted for and met
  5. Establish contacts with on and offline media outlets
  6. Identify and work with the right business and local government organisations to a achieve a commonly agreed set of goals for shared projects
  7. Establish a fair and balanced mechanism by which artists are given prominence according to their standing whilst not adversely affecting new and upcoming artists
  8. Establish an initial set of projects with concrete goals
  9. Aim to have at least one project up and running by / for Christmas 2009
comments / suggestions / feedback welcomed and encouraged