Stalls & Traders

As part of its 2011 project ‘Stalls & Traders’, Open Empty Spaces has commissioned artists Jeff Pigott and Julia Warin to create a site-specific response to an empty stall in Newport Indoor Market.

The artists will be presenting an installation entitled ‘Kiosk’; a bright blue booth crammed full with readymades and new products (or parodies of products) that have been created by the artists. Many of these products are humourous and light-heartedly play with ideas around consumerism and how we can be seduced through the power of advertising.

In previous incarnations of ‘Kiosk’ products have included repackaged, recycled or reinterpreted objects such as used tea bags presented as ‘DIY compost starter kits’ along with the instructions for their use, and empty water bottles marketed as 'Kool Water' Refill Bottles.

For their installation in Newport Indoor Market Jeff Pigott and Julia Warin will be creating new products that are relevant to the current financial climate and centre around ideas of cuts, the recession and 'hard times'. They will also be détourning existing products and elements already present in the market to further explore the site they are working in.

Jeff Pigott & Julia Warin will be available in the market to discuss their installation, their practice and the ideas behind them both on Saturday 14 May from 12.00 – 15.00, (free of charge). Please email openemptyspaces[at] to register your interest.

Ridley Road Market, Hackney, East London
Ania Bas has also been commissioned to produce work for Stalls & Traders. She will be working on Ridley Road Market in Hackney, East London (E8 2NP). Initially she will be undertaking 26 days of structured research in the market, with each day being focused around a different letter of the alphabet, thereby creating an A-Z of Ridley Road. Follow her progress here .

Later on in her research she will present some of these stories, anecdotes, photographs etc. to the public on a market stall on Ridley Road. Eventually this research will form the basis of an event, publication or live art performance which will be presented to the public towards the end of May. More details of this will be announced soon.

Open Studio Day
Bas will be holding an ‘Open Studio Day’ on Tuesday 19 April on Ridley Road, from 11.00 – 15.00 for anyone wishing to discuss her practice and subjects surrounding it. Topics will include sustaining a socially engaged practice and working in the public realm. Please email openemptyspaces[at] for more details and to register your interest.
Stalls & Traders

Event Title: Stalls & Traders
Postcode: Stall 18, Ground Floor, Newport Indoor Market, Upper Dock Street, Newport, NP20 1DD
Further Details:
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Contact Email: openemptyspaces[at]