Got the opportunity to move into the shop I mentioned in my last post although the landlord has not yet provided the official OK. The agent says go ahead and move in and Axisweb left it to me to decide so I’m taking a chance, the most it might cost is my time and effort and the cost of one extra trip moving my equipment and materials.
So these are the first progress shots of the space, the shots I took when I first saw it last Friday, 24th January followed by shots taken after one day of clearing up. I’m counting this week and next together as week one, my gear is moving in on Wednesday 6th February so I should be rebuilding the environment by then.
This is the shop floor, off the street from about halfway down, I forgot to take it looking back.
This the same view after a day tidying, and below the view looking back the other way.
Still a lot of clearing up to do but the bulk of the big stuff that can be moved has been moved. This is the space I intend to use for exhibitions and projects for as long as I can.
Above this is the first floor that will be the studio and workshop.
The right hand side of the building, above the shop floor, and the window that faces this.
After shifting stuff this side now looks clearer.
The kitchen is on this floor too, on the left of the building as you look at it and actually above the shop next door.
This doesn’t look that much different to be fair but the ‘after’ picture gives a better idea of the layout.
There is another window, obviously, facing the kitchen.
I’ll probably keep the carpets down for some noise reduction but put plastic over them to make cleaning easier when I leave. The last occupants left a lot of stuff behind that I’ve had to clear up.
Above this floor there are two others that are essentially not usable due to decoration and wiring issues.
This is the second floor.
And the third, although the second floor now looks a bit different as It’s where all the stuff has gone.
So once the rest of the unwanted stuff is shifted up here I’ll seal the floors off as they were when the last occupants moved in.
Wednesday 6th February.
Moved out of the Unit in Wheatley and into the shop with all my stuff. It took half an hour to load the van and then a good hour to unload it. The morning was spent organising space and then the afternoon sorting the jigsaw puzzle of the installation, it now looks like this.
And the upstairs like this.
Friday 8th February:
Today spent reassembling the installation, lots of carrying things up stairs. The space just about accommodates the installation.
And here is a short walkthrough.