Announcing Our Community Takeover

Announcing Our Community Takeover

Journal 27 Oct 2023

The Tetley presents Our Community Takeover, celebrating ten years of community participation in Leeds.

In November and December, the building will open for a joyous programme of performances, events and gallery takeovers that celebrates the principles, partnerships and connections that The Tetley has fostered through our participation programme over the last ten years.

Our on site exhibitions programme and Bar & Kitchen closed on Sunday 22 October, but we’re excited to open our doors for a season of playing, organising, dancing and sharing in our galleries before we leave the building at the end of the year.

Join us for:

BIG UP Festival of Art and Social Change
Sat 4 & Sun 5 Nov
BIG UP Festival of Art and Social Change brings together a diverse ecology of community arts and social change workers from across West Yorkshire to develop new relationships: between creatives, social change makers and audiences.

Baby Week Leeds
Tue 14 – Sun 19 Nov
Baby Week Leeds takes over The Tetley with gigantic messy play installations, a parent-and-baby pub quiz, baby friendly artworks and much more. Beatrice Lee Knowles presents a large-scale messy play and food artwork in the Atrium in partnership with LEEDS 2023. Across Galleries 1–7, The Tetley welcomes early years practitioners from across the city and beyond to bring activities and resources to explore.

Leeds Beckett University Fine Art Students performance: Le Ver Troyen
Wed 22 Nov
Leeds Beckett University Fine Art Students present Le Ver Troyen, a wearable, expandable sculpture animated by twenty performers. Wearing this worm-like structure, the performers navigate through and around The Tetley’s gallery spaces.

Hibiscus Rising: A Free Activity Day
Sat 25 Nov
This day of free activities marks the launch of Hibiscus Rising, a major permanent public artwork by world-renowned artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA. This project is a collaboration between The David Oluwale Memorial Association, LEEDS 2023 and Leeds City Council.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance MA Interdisciplinary Dance Performance: fold.fall.nest.
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec
Working with students from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, choreographer Susan Sentler and her collaborator Theo Clinkard present this durational performance installation that blends movement scores, text, audio, images and soft sculptures.

Wed 13 Dec: Practising Propaganda Party
Thu 14 – Sun 17 Dec: EPIC DOMESTIC display
Join artist Bobby Baker’s Practising Propaganda Party, a series of workshops exploring and challenging gender injustice. Part of the artist’s EPIC DOMESTIC project, the aftermath of the party will remain open as an installation at The Tetley, on display 14–17 December.

Supported by LEEDS 2023, Unlimited and Arts Council England.

Head to our what’s on page for more information about the programme:

What's on

This is also a gentle reminder from us that, other than on the above dates, The Tetley building is now closed.