Our new name: Yorkshire Contemporary

Our new name: Yorkshire Contemporary

Journal 23 May 2024

We’re Yorkshire Contemporary.

We’re an arts charity based in Leeds, working across Yorkshire and beyond to make contemporary art happen.

You may know us from our time as The Tetley (2013–2023), a contemporary art gallery based in Leeds’ South Bank. Before this, we were known as Project Space Leeds (2006–2012), an artist-led gallery with a space on the River Aire.

Yorkshire Contemporary is our new name.

After leaving our previous home, we needed to forge a new identity with a clear message about our ambition to continue the organisation’s work and mission.

Broadening our remit from an organisation rooted in a single location, the name Yorkshire Contemporary reflects the different locations we’ll be working in across the region and beyond, to continue to make contemporary art happen.

As the search for a new, permanent home continues, the name also matches our ambition for the scale of gallery we want to open upon securing a space.

New name, new brand, same mission.

Just as at (and beyond) The Tetley, here’s what to expect from Yorkshire Contemporary:

What we do

  • Create exciting opportunities for people to see visual art for free
  • Support children and adults to be creative
  • Provide a platform for early career artists and nurture their practices

How we do it

  • Presenting ambitious, free exhibitions across Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond
  • Commissioning public art – both permanent and temporary
  • Collaborating with communities and artists to provide new art and play opportunities for children
  • Working internationally to foster links between artists and audiences across the globe
Repeated angular shapes in different colours, all contain the letters 'YC'
Examples of the Yorkshire Contemporary icon in different colour combinations

We’ve got a new visual identity to mark this next chapter.

We invited artists, partners and the public to feed into our naming and branding process.

Designed by our long-time collaborators Saul Studio (who were based with us at The Tetley) this new brand builds on the bright colour palette that was well-loved in our 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 we have here.

The logo reminds us of a tick, a sculpture, a folded piece of colourful paper, an upwards trajectory. We’re excited to use this bright, colourful design system to bring to life our array of projects, public art, exhibitions, commissions and workshops.

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