Teesside Boutique, Disgraceland Vintage, has changed gears, turning into an art exhibition venue.
The Baker Street store started hosting a pop-up bar last year in conjunction with the towns Orange Pip Market.
Jane Jorgensen, the owner of Disgraceland, has now made the shift towards hosting regular art exhibitions. “The dynamics of the area changed with micro bars taking over retail spaces, the development of Bedford St which consisted of more bars & foodie places, my business was getting overlooked amongst it so I had to change my business module to survive.”
This Saturday sees the launch of SLABS – a wakeup call to remind us how impersonal this world has become – which is a collaboration between artist Barrie West and poet Harry Gallagher.
The first exhibition, ‘Blood, Sweat n Tees’, was hosted last month, featuring Teesside born artist Bobby Benjamin. The collection addressed both the bleak and beautiful aspects of the town.
When we asked Jane about the future of these events, she had a lot to say. “I’m working on another collab with local artist Bobby Benjamin, I’ve got a ‘Drink & Draw’ night planned with a life model – an opportunity for people to bring out their inner Picasso whilst having a few drinks – and of course we are now in Orange Pip Market season will be doing more pop-up bars.”
SLABS will be launching Saturday 14th April at the Disgraceland Vintage store on Baker Street, running from 9AM-5PM.