STOP: EXCHANGE began in 2013 as a comission for the Perry Barr Arts Forum as part of their annual engagement event. Held in The One
Stop Shopping Centre, we ran an intervention space in which Re.Future and local artists including John McCrae and Karoline Rerrie delivered free- and rapid workshops. Designed to ‘Reach and Promote’ this gave the local community the chance to participate in specialist arts engagement and facilitated a new audience for local practitioners – the footfall at the One Stop was over 2000 people a day in 2013 and has since grown. In a time of recession, the centre has seen an increase in unit uptake and footfall, which posed interesting questions around market and audience.
The One Stop offered a live platform to re-consider how shopping spaces can be used more actively, that people can exchange skills as opposed to purely consume, in addition to unexpected connections and interesting questions that can arise from it – it isn’t an event that people plan to ‘go to’, they ‘happen’ upon it.
This year we will be supporting PBAF to run a mini-residency space within the main centre.