So you may wonder why the cryptic title. That is largely as I am not sure really how to word this. A few weeks ago we discovered a sign on the window of our main space for a pizza company to acquire an alcohol licence. Cue lots of stress, frantic phone calls and unanswered questions. Finally, on Maundy Thursday we had it confirmed by our Landlords that they were indeed looking to sell our space to a commercial venture: a pizza restaurant.
We have spent the time since we found out packing up two years worth of equipment and “stuff” and trying to find a new venue whilst securing the agreement of our grant manager to use the remainder of a grant to finance a new space. We are pleased to announce we have succeeded in both and are in the process of going through the legalities involved in procuring a new space.
We received our eviction notice on Thursday (27th April) and so have spent the last two days removing the last vestiges of Sticks from Fareham Shopping Centre. To all those who have supported us at Fareham Shopping Centre we are grateful. To those who will miss us as a break from the boredom of consumerism, remember we still have an outreach space in Fareham. To those who are worried this is the end:
We currently have a rolling call on our affiliates site for the Food Gallery.
You can still catch the wonderful exhibition, VIBRANT, featuring the work of Svetlana Ochkovskaya at Food Gallery until 29th May
The wonderful work of illustrator Erin Keen is still on view at Tooth Gallery
We will be updating you about the new Sticks main space very soon
Releasing details of an exciting event we are currently working on with support from Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy
For those who have contacted us concerned. We will still be running the open this year and will be releasing details in due course