Friday, 28 August 2009

Art in Unusual Places

We received an email this morning through Leeds Visual Arts Forum about an opportunity for artists, curators and arts organisations to make use of the empty shops in Leeds city centre…


Art in Unusual Places | Call for Submissions


“Are you an artist / curator / arts organisation in Leeds frustrated by the
lack of exhibition spaces in the city? Then this could be the opportunity
for you!

Art in Unusual Places is a new scheme which opens up empty shop units and
city centre spaces for artists to use. Spaces range in size, scale and
location and include fully accessible units, shop windows and hoardings. If
you have an idea for a project, then we want to hear from you. Previous
project experience preferred, but not essential.

All spaces are rent and rate free to artists, although there may be some
costs which you will need to cover. The scheme is currently unable to pay
exhibition costs or cover your time.

If you would like to take part, please complete the application below. Art
in Unusual Places has a rolling deadline and selected artists / curators /
organisations will be served on a first-come-first-served basis. There are a
limited number of spaces available at this stage, so if something suitable
can’t be found immediately, we will contact you when it becomes available.

Art in Unusual Places is a partnership project between Leeds City Council,
the business community and cultural sector.

If you have any queries, please ring 0113 3950678.

This information and form can be downloaded from

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Behind closed Doors

Two new interesting links to projects reinterpreting unused and private spaces.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Leeds is on the list for government funding

"You may have heard that yesterday the Department of Communities & Local Government (CLG) told us how the £3m it announced in April will be used. It is being given to local authorities of 57 towns and cities, mainly in the Midlands and the North. If you're in one of those towns, contact your local council to find out how they will let you access the funding:

In addition, Arts Council England (ACE) have confirmed that their £500,000 will be distributed through the grants to the arts scheme, with priority being given to projects in those 57 towns. Projects must have CLG funding in place to receive priority from ACE:"

Thanks to
Dan Thompson from for forwarding on this information.