Pop-up gallery and art shop are back

A group of artists will reopen their pop-up shop and gallery in the city center.

Absolutely Artisan found success earlier in the year when it took a place in the Royal Arcade.

And now the team announces its return and will be there from October 18 to 31.

Norwich Evening News: Navigation table at the previous Absolutely Artisan event in Norwich.Navigation table at the previous Absolutely Artisan event in Norwich. (Image: Absolutely Handcrafted)

Absolutely Artisan was founded by local artists Safi Butler, 41, and Rachel Collier-Wilson, 53.

Rachel said: “As artists we are passionate about Norwich and want to help create a vibrant independent shopping experience in the heart of the city centre.”

Rachel contacted a few agents advertising retail units in the heart of Norwich, hoping to negotiate a short-term rental, and was delighted to find the Royal Arcade had offered them a place.

Norwich Evening News: Safi Bulter is one of the creators of Absolutely Artisan in Norwich.Safi Bulter is one of the creators of Absolutely Artisan in Norwich. (Photo: Safi Butler)

She said: “We have entered a second two-week rental period following the overwhelming positive feedback from the pop-up shop in September.

“Throughout the two weeks, we’ll be joined by several other talented artists and creators, and we’ll be hosting a few artists’ workshops upstairs.”

The shop will sell labor as well as crafting supplies.

Rachel and Safi said they recognize that Norwich Makers, as a community, are very keen to support each other in regenerating an independent shopping experience in Norwich.

Norwich Evening News: Rachel Collier-Wilson is one of the founders of Absolutely Artisan in Norwich.Rachel Collier-Wilson is one of the founders of Absolutely Artisan in Norwich. (Image: Absolutely Handcrafted)

They said they were very hopeful that short-term commercial space rentals would become a regular and accessible business.

“With a shared vision of bringing economic and community life back to central Norwich, pop-up shops can create a place for a shopping and fun experience that cannot be replicated online,” said Rachel.

Absolutely Artisan will be in Unit 5 of the Royal Arcade, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.

They said they chose artists who they felt would complement each other rather than compete with each other.

The artists are:

Instagram: @nart2collective

Safi Butler Art
Instagram: @safi_butler_art

Rachel Collier-Wilson
Instagram: @rachelmcw

Deborah Allan

Instagram: @re.creart

Jude Smith

@designsmithstudio

Debbie

@otto_loki

Erika

@la_plata_studio

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