Meanwhile use as performance: Securing social value from vacant space


Principal Investigator: Andy Dearden (Sheffield Hallam University)
Co-investigators: Katie Hill (Sheffield Hallam University); Ann Light (Northumbria University)
Collaborators: Carol Botton (Northern Architecture); Sue Ball (MAAP Media and Arts Partnership); Vicki Chapman (East Street Arts); Ruth Essex, Paul Fallon (Creative Space Management); Alison Gilchrist (Freelance community development consultant); Andrew Grinnell (Community Unity); Lizzie Harrison (Antiform/Remade in Leeds); Johana Mawson (Leeds City Council); Rachel McDonagh (Space Invaders); Francesca Panella (community arts marketing consultant); Katja Porohina, Ivan Rabodzeenko (SKINN); Sarah Spanton (Waymarking); Cassandra Walker, Eddie Bridgeman (Meanwhile Space CIC); Dougald Hine (Spacemaker)
Duration: From 2012 to 2013

’Meanwhile’ use of temporarily vacant spaces is applied by many organisations to access cheap space during the recession. This project explored how community-based organisations could make the most effective use of these opportunities. We brought together community development practitioners, community groups, landlords, local authority representatives and ‘meanwhile’ brokers to explore issues. Together, we developed and tested a model of how communities can use ‘meanwhile’ space to rehearse their organisational skills and build towards larger ambitions.