The shop itself was a whirlwind to set-up, taking just six hours from the signing of the lease and utilising the daytime skills of the artists - signwriting, visual merchandising, retail and even van driving to pull together a professional and visually polished space, ready to open the following morning.
It was an incredibly exciting evening for Art on the Street, as co-founder Harriet Brittaine is one of the team of seven artists who brought this project together. The other artists involved, Josie Clouting, Emma Moxon, Sherry Dhanoa, Michael Restrick, Lu Willis and Emma Ryan are all Art on the Street veterans, supporters, volunteers and, most importantly, our great friends. This project is a showcase for 124 Studios, showing just what they can pull together under tight budgets and time constraints. Their ultimate quest is for a permanent home for the group - long-term affordable studio space. You can see their long-term studio space proposal here.
The gallery was officially opened with the cutting of an origami ribbon by The
Mayor of Windsor & Maidenhead, Andrew Jenner. Many of the private view visitors left with a beautiful new piece of artwork to adorn their walls and in-keeping with the theme of paper, all received a hand-made '124 Studios' origami crane as a thank you for coming along to the evening at such short notice.
124 Studios Pop Up Gallery is located at The Colonnade, Maidenhead High Street (near The Bear pub) and will be open from 10am to 4pm every Thursday to Saturday until Saturday 27th July.
A full review from Art on the Street can be found on the Empty Shops Network.