Ark Lab to launch cultural space in Cardiff

An empty shop in one of Cardiff‘s Victorian shopping arcades is set to host a pop-up cultural space, created by recently formed social design forum Ark Lab.

Ark Lab is turning the shop in Castle Arcade into a community space that local people can visit to exchange ideas during the Cardiff Summer Festival in July.

The Empty Shop project hopes to generate local people’s awareness of how local Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades are suffering economically. The venue will also host design skills workshops for community groups and local businesses.

Empty Shop will feature performances, film screenings and ‘public engagement activities which are geared to help breathe a new lease of life into the arcades’, according to Ark Lab.

‘We are passionate about how design can impact peoples’ lives in a positive way through numerous channels,’ says Ark Lab co-founder Julian Sykes. ‘We are trying to show how design thinking can benefit the communities around Cardiff on a business and social level.’

Product designer Matteo Trisolini is creating signage for the shop (pictured).

Empty Shop will be open from 2-4 July.

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