The inaugural programme for The Tetley will unpick the fabric of the building, its history and future use, to present a series of exhibitions, discussions, events and residencies that will involve artists and audiences.
Entitled A New Reality, the building will be repurposed as a contemporary art space, taking the themes of labour, the telling of overlooked or fading history and the process of change as a starting point for its transformation.
A mixture of contemporary artists have been invited to create art that is sensitive to its past. These creative interpretations of the building’s heritage will present an opportunity for visitors to experience the future of contemporary art through the work of emerging artists, within an environment steeped in history.
From November 29 to Spring 2014, A New Reality will encourage audiences and artists to consider the role of a dedicated home for contemporary art in Leeds, helping to map out its future curatorial approach.
Managed and curated by Project Space Leeds [PSL], a contemporary visual arts charity, The Tetley will maintain a focus on emerging and innovative art.
Projects within A New Reality will occupy the full range of first floor spaces at The Tetley, including a new triple-height central atrium gallery and smaller spaces within the former offices.
Selected by co-founder and director Kerry Harker and curator Zoë Sawyer, artists featuring in A New Reality include James Clarkson, Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman, Simon Lewandowski and Sam Belinfante, Rehana Zaman
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The Tetley will open on November 29.
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