Bagpuss lived in a shop window which was full of curios and strange objects. Local artist Melanie Ezra and I took over an old, almost derelict shop earmarked for demolition in Swansea’s High Street, courtesy of Coastal Housing Group, for three weeks. It was a public access pop-up studio for ourselves and any artists who wanted to wander in, professional and amateur.
We also used the huge window as a constantly changing tableau of our art, work-in-progress, materials, tools and all sorts of curious objects that inspired and interested us. Bagpuss’ Window was a great way of interesting people who would normally feel intimidated about engaging with an artspace but a lot came in because it was so easy and inviting.
In three weeks we had around 200 different people visiting, about half artists and the others local residents and passers-by. Here are some links for more information:
YouTube – an overview of Bagpuss Window
Blog about Bagpuss Window with short films of a lot of the arty shenanigans –