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Fresh Paint Gallery, Montreal, is a pop up art space devoted to street art and is a partnership between the Under Pressure Festival and the Faubourg Saint-Laurent merchants' association.

DENMARK (Copenhagen) is an organisation whose aim is to promote the temporary use of empty buildings for cultural and social purposes, via creative brokering. 


Space Invaders (Galway) is an artist run, non commercial gallery space set up with support from the City Council as a reaction to empty spaces in Galway City.

PrettyvacanT Dublin (Dublin) is an arts initiative that was set up in 2009 to repurpose vacant properties as temporary exhibition spaces. 


Art Nomad (Christchurch) finds creative and inexpensive ways for local artists to exhibit and sell their work using empty spaces.

Gap Filler (Christchurch) is a creative urban regeneration initiative started in response to the earthquake that temporarily activates vacant sites with creative projects for community benefit.

Letting Space seeks to transform the relationship between artists, the public and their environments to increase the public commons and find new ways through art, the media and urban revitalisation to think more creatively and collectively. They create major temporary public artwork and events designed to provide dynamic new spaces for engagement, working on over a dozen projects across New Zealand since 2010.

Life in Vacant Spaces (Christchurch) is dedicated to activating vacant sites with creative, intriguing and entrepreneurial transitional projects. 

Urban Dream Brokerage (Wellington) works with property managers, individuals and community groups and brokers the temporary use of vacant space for innovative projects, assisting in urban revitalisation.


3Space brokers access to empty properties for community organisations on a non-commercial basis or free of charge.

Art in Unusual Spaces (Leeds) is a Community Interest Company that programmes and facilitates the use of disused and temporarily dormant spaces by artists, most often city centre shop units.

ArtSpace LifeSpace (Bristol) is an artist-led initiative that recycles vacant, under-used and problem properties into vibrant multi-use art venues.

Blackpool Culture Shops Blackpool Council supports professional artists to exhibit their work in empty shops in the town centre of Blackpool.

Bridewell Space, Bristol is a pilot program using 20000sqft of a disused police station as art studios, offices, a band rehearsal room and a private gym.

Capacity Bristol is a Bristol City Council regeneration project aiming to open up empty and underused buildings for creative uses for the benefit of the local creative community, residents and visitors to the city.

Changing Spaces (Cambridge) was developed by Cambridge City Council and Love Cambridge to fill vacant retail space with work by professional artists.

Coexist CIC (Bristol) is based at Hamilton House at the heart of Stokes Croft which operates as a community hub where all activity responds to the needs of the local community.

Empty Shop (Durham) is an independent arts organisation focusing on art exhibitions and events, regeneration and collaboration.

Empty Shops Network is a UK-wide network of people using empty shops and void spaces across to create temporary shops, community spaces and arts galleries to bring people back to town centres.

Empty Shops Initiative (Holyhead) Plas Cybi Parnership's award-winning programme makes vacant shops available for local entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.

Go Reborn (Edinburgh) a pop-up collective of artists, designers and misfits who present the best in independent fashion, art and design to the general public via use of temporary spaces.

Meanwhile Project UK provides tools, technical advice, manuals, case studies and practical advice to help anyone who wants to do something positive as 'meanwhile use'.

Meanwhile Space CIC is a community interest company that provides consultancy, brokerage and guidance for landlords, people and local authorities on interim uses that give people the chance to convert empty space from 'blight to opportunity'.

Popupspace is a UK-wide searchable database to find pop up locations at commercial rates. The company specialises in arranging short lease deals and planning pop up activities.

Shop Window (Edinburgh) Coup Red uses empty spaces to provide young artists with a platform to showcase their work in local high streets.

Space Makers Agency work with local residents and businesses, artists, community groups, local authorities and property owners across the UK on regeneration projects, including Brixton Village, West Norwood Feast and Devonshire Arcade, Penrith.


12840 Gallery (Illinois) Located in Blue Island, Illinois, 12840 Gallery artists came together in hopes to brighten an empty storefront and create opportunities for local artists.

Art in Flux (New York) is a nomadic Harlem gallery that inhabits empty stores, engaging community members through exhibitions, workshops and open forums.

Art in Storefronts (San Francisco) temporarily places commissioned art installations in vacant store front windows to revitalise neighborhoods and commercial corridors hit by the economic downturn.

Art in Strange Places (Jacksonville, Florida) designs and build structures so creative groups can display art in outdoor public areas on a rotating, temporary basis.

Chashama (New York) repurposes vacant properties across the five Boroughs for artist work and show space at free or low-cost rates. Founded in 1995.

D:pop (Detroit) creates the opportunity for local entrepreneurs to showcase in a pop-up-style retail space. Each pop-up shop is connected to a virtual e-commerce pop-up shop.

No Longer Empty (New York) is an artistic response to revitalise empty spaces and areas around the venues by bringing thoughtful, high-calibre art installations with accompanying public programs.

Off the Grid (Jacksonville) is a partnership between artists, property owners and the Cultural Council activates vacant spaces in the city's urban core and provide artists with work and exhibition space.

Pop-Up Art Loop (Chicago) transforms empty storefronts in the Loop into a moveable feast of public art galleries, exhibits and studios. An initiative of Chicago Loop Alliance, Pop-Up Art Loop creates partnerships between artists and property owners, creating temporary gallery space at no cost to the artist in prime Loop locations.

Project for Empty Space (New York) is dedicated to bringing public and socially engaging art to a multitude of communities through the utilisation of abandoned and unusual urban spaces.

Project Storefronts (New Haven) created by the City of New Haven to match arts-related businesses to empty retail spaces to energise less active commercial areas.

Spaceworks (Tacoma) is a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and Shunpike to match artists, fledgling entrepreneurs and community organisations with vacant spaces at low- or no-cost.

Storefronts Auburn leases storefront space from neighborhood property owners for $1 per month and fills these spaces with local art installations, creative businesses and artist’s studios'.