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Pop-up boutiques

About the programme

It is no secret that the number of vacant retail spaces is a challenge that most high streets are facing across the UK. In Westminster, we’re delivering a bespoke pop-up project to provide differentiated approaches through a programme of events, services and activities that will fulfil empty premises and encourage the use of spaces in different ways.

The project presents a platform for the next generation of local talent and as an experimental platform where innovative modes of production, business models and ideas for a better future are tested.

Find out more about our current pop-ups, The Regent Street Edit and 500 Oxford Street.

For more information about new applications and future open calls, visit Business Westminster or sign-up to our weekly Business Unit e-newsletter.

Previous pop-ups

Clothes You’ll Never Wear

An art installation that invited members of the public to attend daily workshops where they created garments made of recyclable materials.

A Painting of Two Halves

A performative and participatory exhibition that invited members of the public to use a specialist painting mechanism to pour paint and create a collective artwork.

Shobana Jeyasingh Pop-up Dance School

A vibrant dance hub that enabled passers-by to enjoy high quality live performances that included lessons, choreography rehearsals and creative productions. Find out more about Shobana Jeyasingh Dance School.

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Clothes hung up on a rail and the wall of the Clothes You'll Never Wear pop up shop
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A painting of various colourful running paintdrops in a window
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Two people dancing in a dance studio

PIP at Piccadilly

An inclusive learning space to raise awareness of the skills and talent of adults with learning disabilities and autism in Westminster. This pop-up space exhibited artworks produced by PIP resident artists, to show how their students overcome barriers to engage with art and society, and dispel myths and stigmas around disabilities to inspire others who face obstacles in their lives.

Black Heroes at The Gallery

An immersive installation that recreated a Windrush living room. A space was created to tell stories of Caribbean heroes, along with performances, open mic, and arts therapy, exercise and lifestyle sessions. After such invigorative activities, the public could enjoy a Jamaican pattie and the country’s well-known Blue Mountain coffee. Find out more about the Black Heroes Foundation.

Archive of Us

Artists Ildiko Buckley and Abigail Conway created a socially engaged and participatory project that explored the relationship with objects and the memories attached to them. Find out more about Archive of Us.