East Street Arts celebrates first artist takeover of Leeds city centre arts and tech hub

East Street Arts is celebrating the culmination of the first artist-run programme at its newly-renovated art and technology hub in Leeds.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 9:10 am
Updated Friday, 22nd November 2019, 9:11 am
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Convention House in the Magbate area of the city will be hosting a series of events this weekend.

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The artist takeover programme, entitled ‘Episode 1: Tomorrow is our permanent address’, was developed by Leeds-based artist Marion Harrison in collaboration with more than 15

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Running over the last nine months, the programme has seen the building brought to life with sound, windmills, performance, conversations and large-scale billboard interventions, which will all be showcased at this weekend’s events.

Marion Harrison said: “We asked the artists involved to think about the space, the neighbourhood it is part of, and the people who we hope will use it for years to come. The results have been inspiring, moving and thought-provoking and we’ve only scratched the surface of what Convention House could be as a space, and what it could offer to the people who live or work in the area surrounding it.”

The artists involved in ‘Episode 1 – Tomorrow is our permanent address’ are Laura Grace Ford, Alex De Little, Stuart Mellor, Baile Beyai, Ora Ataguba and Kamal Gamir Shahin (Sable

Radio), Ben Dalton with Burak Arikan, Dominic from Luton, Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferies, Jon Orlek, Marnie Simpson, Alfie Kungu, Jake Krushell and Marion Harrison.

Events today and on Saturday (Nov 23) include live broadcasts from Sable Radio, who create a shared space for making radio, plus presentations of new works from all of the artists involved, including a number of sound collaborations.

Nicola Greenan, external relations director at East Street Arts, said: “We’re looking forward to opening the doors of Convention House and welcoming everyone to see the results of this very first artist takeover programme. Episode 1 has laid the foundations for the multi-use studio facilities that Convention House will offer – this is just the beginning and the future for it looks very exciting.”

‘Episode 1 – Tomorrow is our permanent address’ is open on today (Nov 22) from 5pm-10pm and on Saturday, November 23 from 10am until 4pm at Convention House, St

Mary’s St, Leeds, LS9 7DP.