Empty Shops 2.0

Since the government backed the idea, there has been more funding available to projects wanting to reuse empty shops. This included a range of grants given by central government to local councils, and a dedicated fund held by Arts Council England.

This funding and the recognition for the sector's work  has allowed far more in-depth projects and has provided a framework for development. As creatives have worked with local communities, they have devised, made and delivered projects with real engagement, and pushed the boundaries of art, interrogating town centres and introducing more innovation in empty shops.

This new wave of projects - a leap on from hanging work on bare walls that compares to the leap on from web publishing to social networking - has been dubbed Empty Shops 2.0.