“Evocative and inspiring to a level I could not imagine.” Talking Shop pilot visitor 2019
The Talking Shop™ is a cultural and democratic information centre which encourages and facilitates public engagement with creativity, arts and culture, and democratic systems and structures.
“Love this space. Very Welcoming and Open” Talking Shop Pilot Visitor 2019
The Talking Shop™ is a public space in which to articulate, champion and strengthen the role of culture and democracy in society and empower and inform people and thereby increase participation through a sharing of information and knowledge.
We invite all artists & creatives and the public to use the space to work, to think, to talk, to find stuff out, to share, to be. To collide, converse, connect, collude & create. Together.
36-38 Castle Arcade Cardiff Mon-Sat 9am - 5pm until July 10
We sell nothing. We are non-partisan and the tea is free!
In The Talking Shop™ you can find out things. What is on in theatres and performance spaces in your town or city. What shows are on in galleries, what exhibitions were happening, concerts and workshops. You can find out about creative learning and participation projects and how to book an artist to deliver work in your school or business. It was a physical listings hub. A place to drop in and find stuff out. To add to. To be part of. It was a physical ‘What’s On’ Space which everyone helps create and curate.
The Talking Shop™ is a place to find out about and understand our democratic structures and systems. It had no political bias or party affiliation. Our democratic systems are explained. The difference, for example, between local elections and general elections. You can pick up leaflets and information about the engagement team at the Welsh Parliament or book a workshop to come to your school. You could find out about all our UK parliaments, how to start a petition and who holds the power and who represents you. Access, Engagement and Social Justice were and are key. The Talking Shop pilot led to Omidaze’s creation of The Democracy Box and now The Talking Shop contains The Democracy Box and the story of our UK democracy which every citizen should know in seven short chapters.
The Talking Shop™ is for artists, creatives and the public to get together, share ideas, collaborate. It is a new way of working. We invite people to just pop in and sit on the sofa. Have a cup of tea and be inspired, challenged, informed. Work. Listen. Network. Research. Artists and creatives and members of the public are invited to use the space, to just drop in and meet each other. To share information, ask questions, discuss. Questions are all around the shop and the public are invited to discuss a new question each day, to step inside. To think about this. Together.
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