“Over several short weeks our empty shop filled up with an abundance of human treasures - stories, memories, opinions, ideas, hopes, dreams, fears.... in ways which were extremely powerful and moving for all."

Tracy Shaw, Project Director Loca, Kirklees Council

"Brilliant excellent. Should do this permanently and all join as one community"

"To hear everyone's memories, thoughts, hopes and fears put together in a beautiful kaleidoscope was wonderful. And to hear my memory in there amongst all the others was very special. Many thanks to all involved"

"Such a good idea to get people involved enjoyed telling my story about strangers to a stranger and hearing about others experiences"

"It is my enriching to meet up with such community as it brings out hidden treasure that lies within each and everyone"

"What a wonderful experience" Participant Comments

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Encounter Shop Combatants For Peace Encounters Lab Talking Young Men A Little Patch Of Ground One-off projects Precious Life


We are delighted that Talking Young Men our creative, theraputic and outdoor project with young men on offending orders is beginning in Torbay. This project started with the Exeter Youth Offending Team and is now being taken up by the YOT in Torbay. We are delighted to have been able to invite pioneering organisation Write to Freedom to work with us on this project

"Encounters create imaginative spaces and processes for people to explore their relationship with themselves, each other, where they live and the natural world"

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Shop in a Box

The Encounters shops have opened their doors to thousands of people to drop in and co-create evolving artworks about people, place and planet. In order to broaden the influence of this successful project, which has been running for ten years, …