About the East Leeds Project

We are a practitioner-led visual arts organisation based in Gipton, East Leeds. We work with art as a social action, which we understand as ‘employ[ing] the varied forms offered by the expanded field of contemporary art as a collaborative, collective and participatory social method for bringing about real-world instances of progressive justice, community building and transformation’. (Gregory Sholette and Chloë Bass, 2018) 

We aim to achieve positive change in our community through sustainable, equitable and accessible approaches to contemporary practice, working with artists, local people and other partners. We facilitate the emergence of spaces in which dialogue and practice can take place, centering the role of artists and inviting in other voices to challenge, celebrate and help us build together an authentic and mutually supportive community of practice at the local level.

We work with a broad and evolving definition of visual arts. Our focus on the Wyke Beck Valley area of East Leeds enables us to explore issues around art’s relationship with climate change, public space and urban development, and to propose responses as and through curatorial activism. This work is shaped through ongoing dialogue with our partners and realised through co-production wherever appropriate.

Since May 2019 we have been based above the Methodist Church in the heart of the 1930s Gipton estate. Responding to the sparseness of arts and culture infrastructure across this part of the city, we have instigated a project to co-produce a makerspace, the East Leeds Pavilion, working with local residents, architect Irena Bauman, and MassBespoke. It will be the very first of its kind anywhere in East Leeds.

To find out about opportunities to get involved or just to receive regular updates on our work, please sign up to our mailing list and read our Evolving Thoughts Towards A Manifesto.

East Leeds Project CIC is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.

Help the East Leeds Project Create KIOSK!

The East Leeds Project are inviting expressions of interest from Leeds-based artists and makers who feel inspired and excited about working with us on KIOSK, a mobile makerspace designed by Leeds-based artist Emma Hardaker, commissioned by us and fabricated with assistance from Duke Makes.

KIOSK is mobile autonomy and disruptive architecture. Sculpture on wheels, a co-machine, public art and an intervention in public space. It takes making to the people, spreading joy and inspiration through opportunities to take part in hands-on creative workshops. Small-scale and mobile, KIOSK can be transported for use in a range of indoor and outdoor settings.

From parks to gardens, galleries to living rooms and many places in between – flexibility and accessibility are key to its success. Vibrantly decorated and modular in design, KIOSK unfolds in situ to reveal work surfaces, display areas, storage, seating, an A-board and a flagpole to facilitate and inspire everyone to get creative.

KIOSK will be on tour in East Leeds and beyond from summer 2021 and will launch at the Gipton Gala on Sunday 11th July.

Download the Call Out for artists and makers

Apply through Curatorspace by Friday 2 July

KIOSK is funded by Arts Council England, Leeds 2023 and Leeds Inspired

Special thanks to Emma Hardaker.

East Leeds Pavilion

Creating a makerspace for our community

We’re working with a Project Team made up of local people and our partners – Leeds 2023 and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – to create the very first open access makerspace in East Leeds. Our vision is an accessible and affordable space where people can come together to access tools, equipment and training for different forms of making – a social space and community-led arts centre that is locally owned and managed.

We think the Pavilion can play a key role not just as a space for different forms of making, but also for alternative economies and issues around sustainability and stewardship of the Wyke Beck Valley. We are facilitating the project in collaboration with the Project Team and artists including Andy Abbott and Emma Hardaker who have contributed to the journey so far.

The research and development phase of the project is coming to an end. From Autumn 2021 we’ll carry out a formal options appraisal to identify our preferred site and work with architects and other professionals to visualise and cost the building before starting our capital fundraising campaign.

You can find out more about the project and hear from local people involved in this short film.

If you’d like to get involved as a Project Team member, a supporter, a local supplier, or if you have useful skills such as making and construction, please send us a message and we’ll be in touch.

Research and development for the East Leeds Pavilion from 2018-21 has been kindly supported by Leeds City Council, Arts Council England and Leeds 2023.

If you’d like to get involved, please contact us for more information.

Main image: What Makes Gipton? an interactive project for the Gipton Gala, 2019, by Andy Abbott. Photo: Jules Lister.


What’s going on at the East Leeds Project: Autumn 2021 Update

Welcome to our Autumn update about what we’ve been up to in and around East Leeds over the last few months. We’ve have some amazing funding success and KIOSK is going from strength to strength, producing some brilliant prints by our participating makers. Funding News – KIOSKWe’ve secured funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and …

KIOSK creative printmaking workshop at Chapel FM

KIOSK, our mobile makerspace, was in action a couple of days ago for a printmaking workshop at Chapel FM for Leeds City Council’s ‘Culture Programmes’ team. The workshop was delivered by East Leeds-based artist Ellen Burroughs who recently set up brand new print workshop Lutra (the name is from the Latin for otter) at her …


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East Leeds Project C.I.C. is a limited company registered in England and Wales

Company Number 11746322.

East Leeds Project, Fearnville Leisure Centre, Oakwood Lane, Leeds, LS8 3LF.