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As retail shops stand empty, why not use them as Art Galleries?

15th March, 2009.

Neville Patten, leader of Wolverhampton City Council has proposed, why not use empty retail floor space to host art galleries.

I know personally Wolverhampton is struggling.  I counted over 17 empty units on Dudley Street, Mander Centre and Wulfrun Centre in spring of last year.  Let’s not also forget the area around Summer Row development where now only one notable shop, Sevenoaks Sound and Vision, exists in the area.   Summer Row also has lots of large units (up to the size of a medium supermarket) sitting empty while the council twiddle their thumbs thinking when can they introduce compulsory purchase orders on the land.

My question is, what sort of art could be displayed?

Personally I think they would make very good venues for a festival.

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