Yorkshire Contemporary FAQs

Frequently asked questions

  • The Tetley contemporary art gallery, open 2013–2023, is closed and our time there has come to an end.

    Without a current link to the building, we felt it was important to begin our next chapter with a new name.

    Head to our Archive to take a look at our ten year history of exhibitions and events in The Tetley building.

  • We’re a visual arts organisation, based in Leeds and working locally, regionally and internationally. Our new name is a simple, straightforward way of describing what we do – making contemporary art happen in Yorkshire.

    Yorkshire Contemporary also works whilst we’re programming without a venue, and will work when we secure a new, permanent home.

    After having two previous identities rooted in particular locations, Project Space Leeds (2006–2012) an artist-led project space in Leeds, and The Tetley (2013–2023), we wanted something that broadened our remit, and reflected that we’d be working in Leeds and beyond it, across the region.

    At The Tetley, we welcomed over a million visitors, presented Yorkshire’s only Turner Prize winning exhibition, supported artists in developing their careers and reached thousands of children and families.

    In our new guise, we’re excited to continue that work, in various ways and places.

  • Designed by long-time collaborators Saul Studio (who were based at The Tetley prior to the lease-end) this new brand builds on the bright colour palette that was well-loved in The Tetley branding. There’s also a subtle nod to the original Project Space Leeds logo, which also used the organisation’s initials, PSL, on an angle – as the logo does here.

    The logo is reminiscent of a tick, a sculpture, a folded piece of colourful paper, an upwards trajectory. This bright, colourful design system brings to life an array of projects, public art, exhibitions, commissions and workshops.

  • The previous owners of the Tetley building, Carlsberg UK, offered us a free lease from 2013–2022. They continued to manage the upkeep of the building – maintaining the neon lights, installing a new roof and more.

    In 2022, we successfully secured capital development funding from Arts Council England to contribute to the development and fit-out of The Tetley building for its ongoing use as an art gallery.

    However in 2023 we learned that the new owners had other long-term plans for the building.

    At the end of 2023, our public programme in the building ended and we vacated the premises in March 2024.

  • We had planned to open a new venue in Leeds city centre in 2024 but these plans are no longer viable.

    Whilst we search for a new permanent home, we’re continuing to deliver on our mission without a venue – providing opportunities for people to engage with contemporary art locally, nationally and internationally.

  • For 2024, our artistic programme has moved off site, including Inside Out, a new participatory art project designed to facilitate children’s play in collaboration with communities and partner organisations in Beeston and Beeston Hill.

    We’re also working with artist Benaiah Matheson on his project Town Island.

  • Head to our Support Us page for more information on supporting our work.