Wick Curiosity Shop


The Wick Common Shop

The Wick Common Shop is not a shop in the traditional sense. It is an archive, a billboard, a venue for discussion, a studio and sometimes a shop.

For a six month period its residency takes place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where it will host events, workshops and exhibitions around the idea of the ‘Common Object’, artefacts which are not conceived for individual gain but which express ideas of a common good while at the same time unearthing and revealing hidden relationships or narratives about the locality.

There will be a number of billboards attached to the shed to which we will attach large scale posters which will change on a regular basis to keep the shed animated when not in use. Posters will be printed in black and white using the identity of the Wick Curiosity Shop (see website). Large posters will be produced using tiled A3 paper. On Saturdays The Common Shop is invigilated by an artist Sara Kärpänen, who is interested in exploring models of perceiving, making and exhibiting art in non-art spaces. The shop is open for public every Saturday 11-5pm.

Common Shop is a mobile structure that's residency takes place in Olympic Park.

The shed is currently in the Fountain Area, South Park.

Shed locations:

1. Fountain Area, South Park

2.Tumbling Bay, North Park

3. Mobile Garden / Chobham Manor


"With an evening of provocations and discussion, Theatrum Mundi launches Designing the Urban Commons, an ideas competition calling for new ways to stimulate the city's public and collective life. Three groups engaged in live projects in London and Paris will present their work, describing how commoning emerges through the spaces they have created or occupied and also examining the issues and opportunities presented by commons as an approach to urban design.
The competition brief, which also goes live on 25th March, will ask for existing land, architecture, or infrastructures in neighbourhoods across London to be re-imagined as common spaces, or for new urban commons to be carved out in the city or online. Commons are not static pieces of architecture. We are seeking designs through which the social act of commoning could take shape, by enabling citizens to co-produce urban resources from culture & knowledge to housing, energy or democratic processes."


Assembly SE8 was formed out of a collective need to transform a space in limbo. The site of an old school where the group live as property guardians also became the centre for an active engagement with the idea of the 'commons'. Utilising the schools vast playground, wildlife garden and the school itself, the group opened up this once private space for the local community to explore and engage with. A whole variety of projects and people have passed through this space, each informing the context and practise of using a space with few rules and no predetermined use.

Atelier d'architecture autogérée (studio for self-managed architecture) is a collective platform which conducts explorations, actions and research concerning urban mutations and emerging cultural, social and political practices in the contemporary city. aaa acts through 'urban tactics', encouraging the participation of inhabitants at the self-management of disused urban spaces, overpassing contradictions and stereotypes by proposing nomad and reversible projects, initiating interstitial practices which explore the potential of contemporary city (in terms of population, mobility, temporality). Their current project R-URBAN in the Parisian suburb of Colombes proposes the creation of a local network of short circuits of ecological, economic, social and cultural nature. It consists of AgroCite, a civic agricultural centre, RecycLab, a platform for recycling and eco-construction, and EcoHab, a cooperative residential unit of 7 habitations currently under construction.

Public Works is a non for profit organisation working between the fields of art, architecture and design. All public works projects explore how the urban public realm can be shaped by its users and how participation and collaboration can inform a more open design process Projects span across different scales and address the relation between the informal and formal aspects of a site. They produce social, architectural and discursive spaces: outputs include socio-spatial and physical structures, public events and publications. The group is based in London and operates as a not-for-profit company. Current members are Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang who work with an extended network of project related collaborators.

18.30 – 20.00, Wednesday 25th March, 2015

Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, LSE Clement House, 99 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF

Free and open to all, seats allocated on a first come first served basis

Read more on Theatrum Mundi website.


Last Saturday the 21st of March, R-Urban Wick joined R-Urban Colombes in Paris for the R-URBAN DAY, a one day long celebration of all the R-Urban projects currently active, including Agrocité and the RECYCLAB which opened on the day!

Here below the program of the day with the many intersting activities we joined in.


11:00/16:00 - we repaired everyday objects in the Repair Café
13:00 - DIY SNACK
14:00/17:00 - we manufactured all sorts of furnitures from old damaged objects to broken and recovered material!
15:30 - Ecodesign Fab Lab (Montreuil) Extramuros (Gennevilliers), Simone (Colombes) MicroStop, urban hitchhiking reinvented mobile (Colombes), present their innovative projects in Mini-Conferences!
16:00 - Aperitif Bricolatoire and out of the R-Urban Shuttle


17:00 - No Local Store Opening and Exhibition Consumerist creations of the Prod-Action Workshop
18:00 - Disco Soup music by two groups of Associtation Zuluberlus Colombes: MINI VEX & Doolayz & The O!
19:00 - Open Microphone! We turned to projects which shared the themes of ecology and social solidarity economy! With the participation of the shared garden 56stblaise (Paris), the School of Compost
(Colombes) and Andreas Lang R-Urban Tool Lending Library project (London)
At dusk, the collective Royal Zoo illuminated the garden!
20:00 - Screening of a documentary film about the social economy Patrick Laroche: "Working (+ or -) otherwise".