During April and May 2009 we walked 232 streets in Leeds city centre and conducted a survey of the closed down shops; in total there are 92 (excluding the arcades and markets).
The results of this survey are currently on display in the Leeds Met. Gallery, as part of the Recent Appointments Exhibition. The work is on display until the 26th June and invites you to choose one of the 92 empty shops and write a proposal for how you would use the shop if it was temporarily yours.
Please come and view the project and take part in an informal walk that is leaving from the Met. Gallery on Saturday 13th June at 11.00am. During the walk we will be considering the recent history of a number of the empty spaces, reflecting upon the present situation and discussing the potential for renewal. The walk has been organised with the aim of creating dialogue between local community groups, artists, the agents that manage the spaces and Leeds City Council.
The duration of the walk will be approximately one hours and 30 minutes, after which we will return to the Gallery for refreshments and to write up an action plan based on the discussions had.
If you are interested in the project but are unable to attend the walk, please get in touch to arrange a meeting with us: firstname.lastname@example.org