Talking Shop: Exploring an Inclusive Future for the High Street, University of the Arts London


With the increasing number of high-profile shops declaring bankruptcy, alongside the rise of online shopping and huge cuts in public spending, how can the high street be transformed to halt this decline? What is the effect of this decline on our local communities, the people and places? And does the imminent collapse of the high street provide an opportunity to rethink the use of retail spaces?

This day of talks and activities will examine the future of retail, with a focus on how we can improve social exchange and community building within the retail sector.

In the morning, we’ll hear from individuals and organisations involved in community-led enterprise, and those who are utilising vacant retail space for social purpose. Representatives from the following will be discussing their experiences:

The afternoon session will be a workshop co-led by Roslyn Karamoko (Détroit is the New Black) and Dr Pamela Yeow (Course Director, MBA CSM/Birkbeck). The workshop will explore how we can establish creative retail spaces with a focus on social innovation, inclusive practice and sustainability. We will examine the politics of such ventures, including the privatisation of public space, and increased participation for under-represented groups.

This one-day event is funded by the CSM Knowledge Exchange Impact Fund with UAL’s Careers and Employability team. Participants can sign up to attend one or both sessions. 

Friday 05 July 2019, Central Saint Martins

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