Upcycling Space: an artist's experience

Pop Up Shop North Sydney

In July 2012 eight artists set up the Pop Up Shop North Sydney in two empty North Sydney Council-owned retail properties in downtown Crows Nest.

Angela Van BoxtelThis pilot empty space initiative from Council was originally planned to run for six months. A year and a half later, the spaces closed in December 2013 for redevelopment. In 2013 Pop Up Shop North Sydney won the Australia Day Award for Community Group of the Year by North Sydney Council.

As the artist who was involved in the project for longest, Angela Van Boxtel, shares her tips and tricks on how to set up and run a space and what it has meant for her personal and professional development.


Eco-artist and designer Angela Van Boxtel is a Dutch-born, Sydney-based artist who lives in Manly. Her art is about connection and appreciation for nature and the beautiful natural surroundings. Mediums include digital media, film, photography and up-cycle design.

Angela’s regular blog features a number of posts on her experience with the North Sydney Pop Up Shop and its workshops and events.

Website: http://www.angelavanboxtel.com

Contact: angela@angelavanboxtel.com