Pop-up stores create a scene

By Deanna Corrieri | posted on January 14, 2021

A NEW pop-up store is reinvigorating Mews Arcade with an exciting selection of Great Southern artworks.

A team of 13 members from Make A Scene Artists Collective have an exciting variety of art pieces ranging from paintings, textiles and photography to felt work, soaps, bath products, jewellery, pottery and home accessories.

The pop-up store is part two of a three-stage project to reinvigorate Albany’s arcades, where artists and tenants work together to create a vibrant space that encourages and increase customer traffic.

Make A Scene Chairperson Maleah Farrell said they want to encourage people to visit places and businesses they might have forgotten about.

“We’re going into Albany’s arcades and reinvigorating the space, activating empty retails spaces and trying to encourage people into spaces they haven’t been into in a while,” she said.

The Collective, which was established in 2014, works alongside other businesses in the arcade to draw in customers as well as provide artists with retail opportunity to sell their work.

“We’ve been working alongside businesses to encourage people into their business,” Ms Farrell said.

“Our objective is to be able to provide artists a retail opportunity to sell their work. It’s a great initiative.”

Make A Scene also offers short workshops for parents to engage with their children in bath product and skin care making, creation of hair accessories and sewing.

The project is supported by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program, Regional Arts WA and by the City of Albany Creative Enterprise Grant Scheme.

You can visit the pop-up store at Mews Arcade daily 9am-5pm from January 11-27.