rEvive is an arts in empty shops project, run voluntarily by the Culture and Arts Forum Erewash (CAFE), initially jointly funded by Arts Council England and Erewash Borough Council.
rEvive aims to bring professional and voluntary arts by local artists and performers, arts organisations, community groups and schools into the heart of Long Eaton and Ilkeston town centre. Empty shops and centrally located spaces are being filled with creative workshops, performances and exhibitions with the aim of revitalising the town centres, encouraging increased retail enterprise and engaging local residents and visitors in creative activities.
rEvive was developed by CAFÉ, a not-for- profit organization established in 2009 by Erewash Borough Council Arts Development team and arts providers in the borough of Erewash. The group was created as a means of supporting the development of arts, culture and creativity in the area. CAFÉ has around 120 members including visual artists, arts organizations, makers, writers, performers, curators and arts administrators living and working in Erewash.
The rEvive project is temporary, taking over unused spaces and transforming them into exciting and vibrant places where the community can meet the artists, experience their work and take part in activities. Artists involved in the project all have a connection with Erewash.