If you get the chance to inhabit an empty shop it is worth doing it. Through Eden Arts who paid, I had a shop for 2 weeks. It was cold as I had the door open all the time but lots of people came in especially after an article in the local paper. It was strange to work there as so much of what I do is hidden and only comes out when finished.
I asked visitors for their positive commments about Penrith as at the moment the council are involved in a big planning crisis which has left an empty hole and bomb site in the centre of this lovely working edge of Lakeland town. I put thier thoughts on to bricks I made in the shop and then decayed the brick on the other side as a warning of what could happen if the right decisions are not made.
It was an odd experience to be in a shop window and on show the whole time. Luckily next door was fellow artist Janis working with glass so I did not feel too lonely!
Arcade Arts is using "my" shop and others from 6th march for 3 weeks for other artists. Work will also be on show in the Lowther arcade in Carlisle, a link between the two towns in Cumbria. Lots of people are involved (see exhibitions on this website)
PS I think my 10 minutes on Radio Cumbria went OK, no one heard it ( not that I've heard so that's good!