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Storage Units Used As Art Galleries!

by Andrew Clarke

Here at Rhyl storage company Lock Stock Self Storage, we love finding out what units are used for apart from keeping belongings out of the way. We recently blogged about how shipping containers were being transformed into tiny homes for people looking to get on the property ladder in a new and innovative way – and now we’re looking into storage units being used as art galleries.

It seems as though this is quite a common occurrence, surprisingly. New York painter Raphael Cohen, for example, teamed up with Manhattan Mini Storage to set up Juicys Gallery, which has been in operation since 2011 after Cohen found the cost of renting spaces in the city to showcase his work was relatively restrictive.

There was also a surprising added benefit to using the storage facility. “My show was the only one that had a parking lot! That in itself made the Juicy shows a smart destination for gallery-hopping New Yorkers,” Cohen told the SpareFoot blog.

And in May this year, Edinburgh University graduates set up an artist and exhibition space in a steel shed at Ocean Terminal, a shed that was previously used as a first aid station and a storage unit. Now it’s enjoying life as a gallery space, housing up to 12 artists at a time.

Over in Canada, meanwhile, artist Eleanor Milne’s work was shown in a unit at Just Right Self Storage as part of a pop-up art show in Ottawa. So as you can see, if you want to put on an exciting art exhibition, the done thing these days seems to be to host it in a storage unit. We bet people come flocking to your event!


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