THE LONDON BUDDHIST CENTRE IS PART OF INTERFAITH CHARITY SHOP AT SELFRIDGES BY ARTANGEL AND MIRANDA
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.
The London Buddhist Centre is part of a new artwork by Miranda July and Artangel which takes the form of an interfaith charity shop. It is located on the third floor of Selfridges and open to the public from 31 August – 22 October 2017. The shop is by artist, writer and filmmaker Miranda July. It is a major commission by arts organisation Artangel, and the artist’s first commission in the UK.
This is the UK’s first interfaith charity shop is run and staffed jointly by the London Buddhist Centre and three other religious charities chosen by Miranda July: Islamic Relief, Spitafields Crypt Trust and the Jewish charity, Norwood. The proceeds will be shared equally between the four partners, all of whom run their own charity shops.
Net sales are divided equally between the four participating charity shops. Each is donating 2.5% of their share to another charity of their choice: Islamic Relief is donating to The Bike Project; Norwood to Carers in Hertfordshire; London Buddhist Centre to Praxis Community Project; and Spitalfields Crypt Trust to Providence Row.
Items for sale are typical of those traditionally sold in charity shops - second-hand clothes, books, games, DVD's, kitchenware, toys ornaments and bric-a-brac. Prices are the same as in any charity shop.
Miranda July is known for artworks that depend upon the public’s participation — be they apps, performances or sculptures. Her interfaith charity shop at Selfridges will present customers with an unexpected retail experience that will resonate with founder Harry Gordon Selfridge’s famous pronouncement in 1909 that his store was created as an open house, where “everyone is welcome”.
“The London Buddhist Centre is delighted to contribute to such a timely, creative initiative. Both our Centre and our charity shop Lama’s Pyjamas are located on the busy Roman Rd in Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, home to many diverse communities. The whole world comes into our charity shop and our doors, like Miranda July’s art work, are open to all”.
Abhayanandi, Lama’s Pyjamas manager and teacher at the London Buddhist Centre