SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: MIRANDA JULY / by Britt Howard

Artangel & Miranda July present Norwood Jewish Charity Shop, London Buddhist Centre Charity Shop & Spitalfields Crypt Trust Charity Shop in solidarity with Islamic Relief Charity Shop at Selfridges (2017). Image: @mirandajuly

Artangel & Miranda July present Norwood Jewish Charity Shop, London Buddhist Centre Charity Shop & Spitalfields Crypt Trust Charity Shop in solidarity with Islamic Relief Charity Shop at Selfridges (2017). Image: @mirandajuly

Can a thrift shop be an art piece? Artist Miranda July thinks so. In collaboration with Artangel, an organization which supports art projects in unexpected spaces, July has set up a functioning inter-faith charity shop in Selfridges, a popular London department store. While charity shops, as they are called in London, are often run to support religious groups, July's temporary store is the only one to bring together four faiths under one roof. She collaborated with the four religious charities to stock the shelves and racks with clothing, objects, art, books, and all the other treasures you'd hope to find in your favorite thrift shop. Proceeds will be divided evenly between the organizations with 2.5% going to another charity of their choosing, to keep the funds flowing forward. July's project is not only a thoughtful and lively bridging of diverse cultures and belief systems, but it's also a rare opportunity for the public to participate in a living art work, even if they are unaware of starring their role. More info on this exciting project can be found HERE and on Miranda July's Instagram! 

Image: Hugo Glendinning © Artangel

Image: Hugo Glendinning © Artangel