A ‘new reality’ will take hold of the Tetley Brewery Headquarters building when it opens as a centre for art and learning on November 29, the YEP can reveal.
The landmark building, built in Hunslet in 1931, is in the middle of a £1m transformation that will lead to it showcasing art and unseen brewery archives for the first time.
From its opening until spring 2014, the first part of the ‘A New Reality’ programme will unpick the fabric of the building, its history and future through a series of exhibitions, residencies and events.
The inaugural projects, featuring artists such as Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman and residencies from the likes of James Clarkson, will occupy the building’s first floor spaces including its new triple-height atrium and former office areas.
Pippa Hale, director at the Project Space Leeds (PSL) charity that will run the building, said: “We are interested in telling the story of the building through other people’s perspectives such as former workers, residents and artists so you get lots of different voices talking about the archives.
“The idea is that this whole place becomes an animated and social cultural hub.”
It will host a ground floor cafe and bar, first floor gallery as well as office and educational space on the upper floors.
The repurposed hub of the site, which closed in 2011, will retain original features and be a base for contemporary art over the next five years until the wider site’s future is decided.
PSL are hoping those interested in Tetley heritage will help them research some of the site’s archives, which include items such as bottled beers from the 1940s and even the trowel that Charles F Tetley used to lay the building’s foundations in 1931.
Former brewery worker of 30 years Richard Sanderson, 66, who runs the Joshua Tetley Association of former staff, said: “It’s not listed despite it being such an iconic building so it could have been bulldozed. Fortunately PSL have done a deal with Carlsberg and its life is prolonged.”
Visit: www.thetetley.org for details and to get involved.
Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman’s ‘Fear of the Surplus’ invites speakers to debate notions of work. From Nov 29 to Feb 16.
Rehana Zaman’s ‘Bittermen’ residency will see a short serialised satirical drama filmed to show the firm’s rise to cask ale prominence. To be shown July 2014.
Simon Lewandowski and Sam Belinfante’s ‘The Reversing Machine’ will show a kinetic installation reflecting on the way we live. From Jan 24 to Feb 28.
James Clarkson’s residency will see objects from the building’s past used to explore its history. From Nov 29 to Feb 16.