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The Inconvenience Store


Wed 23 Apr 2014, 9:30am–5:30pm
Thu 24 Apr 2014, 9:30am–5:30pm
Fri 25 Apr 2014, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sat 26 Apr 2014, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sun 27 Apr 2014, 9:30am–5:30pm

Where: Cathedral Junction, 113 Worcester St, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: ryanreynolds338658

Location: Shop 4, Cathedral Junction, City (between Worcester and Gloucester Streets)
Project duration: March 4 – April 27 (approx.) Check Gap Filler website for exact dates.
Opening hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.

The prominent post-quake art-meets-urban-design initiative, Gap Filler, is continuing its creative pursuit of a sustainable DIY urban rejuvenation culture in Christchurch with a new project, The Inconvenience Store.

Gap Filler joins a growing countermovement with this project; the slow food lobby, the resurgence of crafting and the prevalence of home brewing (to name a few) all indicate a fairly widespread sense that ‘inconvenience’ is somehow appealing, or meaningful, in our fast-paced consumer society. Christchurch’s transitional city movement is rife with such time-consuming activities, from urban farming project Agropolis to ‘waste wood into furniture’ social enterprise Rekindle and more.

Gap Filler’s Inconvenience Store is a “9:30-to-5:30” hybrid of a store and an art project or residency, located in a temporarily vacant shop in Cathedral Junction (near New Regent St). Every week someone new will fit-out, stock and operate the store. The only parameters are that it must create a memorable customer experience, speak to the theme of inconvenience, and that at least one item must be purchasable in some form of currency. Proposals received include a two-hour shop - a jewellery and accessory shop where customers must spend two hours of their time to make a purchase; a shop stocking only orange products; a mystery untitled cake shop; a store bartering abstract concepts; and much more.

In one of the weeks, Gap Filler itself will run the store on the principle of transparency, revealing the provenance of everything sold, and offering products in various stages of convenience. For instance, they will sell a tin of baked beans; a kitset of heat-treated beans, tomato sauce, and other ingredients, with a recipe; and a more primitive kitset of soil and seeds to grow the beans and tomatoes.

So the Inconvenience Store might fulfil a genuine central city need; raise a critical voice; be absurd, silly, enjoyable; lead to new ideas for the central city; be a ‘real’ store, or an art project, or a performance piece, or pretty much anything that responds to this terrain. The inconvenience might be in the physical layout of the store; in the products it carries; in the mode of payment; in the checkout procedures or interactions with the customers; or anything else.

After more than three years of rolling out creative projects that have brought life to many of the vacant sites around the city and much international attention to Christchurch, Gap Filler is increasingly interested in bringing an engaged, critical voice to Christchurch, questioning through its projects how the rebuild and recovery is taking place and offering new possibilities. The Inconvenience Store is one such project.


Gap Filler is a post-quake initiative in Christchurch that activates post-quake vacant sites with temporary, creative projects for community benefit. It was started in November, 2010 and has completed more than 40 projects in that time. Gap Filler projects blend art, urban design and architecture and all involve volunteers.

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