Debut year for Leeds Tetley arts centre celebrated

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A showering of special snowflakes will mark The Tetley art space’s first anniversary in style this weekend.

The contemporary art and learning centre, located inside the old Tetley headquarters building, in Hunslet Road, is to celebrate a year in which it welcomed more than 100,000 visitors and exceeded all expectations on Saturday.

Directors and co-founders Kerry Harker and Pippa Hale.' PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Directors and co-founders Kerry Harker and Pippa Hale.' PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

More than 20 artists, 65 events, talks, tours and lectures as well as almost 90 workshops and engagement events have been hosted at the 1930s landmark, which is now run by arts charity Project Space Leeds.

A 3D animation of Tetley ‘T snowflakes’ produced by VTR North will be projected on to the front of the building during its Christmas lights switch-on as part of the celebrations on Saturday (Nov 29) from 5.30pm.

Kerry Harker, co-founder of The Tetley, said: “We predicted we’d attract about 45,000 visitors in our first year and we have more than doubled that, which feels pretty fantastic. But we still have got a big job to do to raise awareness even further.”

The Tetley’s visitor figures put it on a par with top attractions such as the Royal Armouries Museum, in Leeds, and the Ikon contemporary gallery in Birmingham. To mark the feat, it will host free creative workshops for families on Saturday from 11am to 3pm, before a specially commissioned anniversary film at 4.30pm, the projection and lights switch-on then at 5.30pm, before free food and drink from its bar/ restaurant’s new festive menu from 6pm to 7pm.

Co-founder Pippa Hale added: “We’re looking forward to celebrating another great year in Leeds.”

Visit for information on the centre’s Christmas programme.