The Tetley 2023 exhibitions programme

The Tetley announces its 2023 exhibitions programme, bringing together international artists and artists local to Leeds and the north. 2023 marks The Tetley’s tenth anniversary, and this programme continues the gallery’s ambitious vision and commitment to supporting artists early in their career with their first major exhibitions.

Andrew Black: On Clogger Lane
20 January – 14 May 2023

On Clogger Lane is a new experimental documentary by Andrew Black.

The film meanders through a depopulated Yorkshire valley, exploring the infrastructures of capital on land overshadowed by a monstrous satellite surveillance station, submerged beneath reservoirs, haunted by accusations of witchcraft, and populated by the traces of many generations of past inhabitants – from prehistoric carvings to the Victorian graves of child labourers.

Incorporating conversations with farmers, antiquarians, dowsers, grandmothers, Quakers, landowners and communists alongside an improvisational score, On Clogger Lane explores the meeting points of passivity and protest, public and private, past and present, all coincident in the same patch of ancient land.

Andrew Black is the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2020, a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Samra Mayanja: The Living and the Stale
10 February – 4 June 2023

Samra Mayanja presents The Living and the Stale, her first solo institutional exhibition.

Exploring the idea of lostness, Mayanja presents a new body of work in the form of a novella, installations, drawings, a score and moving image work.

The exhibition brings together Mayanja’s poetry and images made whilst travelling around Uganda searching; searching for bark cloth and Ham Mukasa’s archive, but also being met by her father’s history.

Mayanja’s research centres secretary-scribe, Ham Mukasa (c.1870–1956). In 1902, Mukasa wrote a text entitled Uganda’s Katikiro in England, which documented the journey of Buganda’s prime minister to England, for Edward VII’s coronation. This is one of the first travel diaries written by an African person coming to Europe.

Mayanja’s interest in Mukasa is his ability to poetically frame – for himself and the reader – that which he had never seen. The images he constructs oscillate between rolling observation, absurd (mis)translations and compelling diaristic accounts.

Audiences will be guided through galleries which are treated as the inside of a ‘dispersed film’, playing out these journeys as scattered, stuck and expanded narratives.

Samra Mayanja: The Living and the Stale is part of The Tetley Jerwood Commissions programme, supported by Jerwood Arts’ Development Programme Fund

Live Art Performance marathon: 17–18 March 2023

The Tetley and HH Art Spaces, Goa present Antibodies, a collaborative Live Art programme that celebrates performance art and migration, supported by British Council’s India/UK Together Season of Culture.

Following a week-long residency in Goa, six artists from the UK and South Asia will create a 24 hour performance marathon on 17–18 March, hosted in Goa and streamed on The Tetley’s digital channels.

Supported by British Council’s India/UK Together Season of Culture, within its Science, arts and heritage in times of change programme

Afra Eisma
23 June – 22 October 2023

Afra Eisma presents her first solo show in the UK, with a new artwork commissioned for The Tetley’s Atrium. Working primarily with textiles and ceramics, Eisma creates playful environments for visitors to sit, feel, rest, cuddle, learn, participate with. Eisma’s beautiful ceramics will unfold throughout the galleries and reveal intimate stories, satire, sensuality and humour to tickle the mind.



Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting early-career UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. They enable transformative opportunities for individuals across art forms, supporting imaginative awards, bursaries, fellowships, projects, programmes and commissions. They are committed to supporting artistic freedom of expression and being as inclusive as possible across all their work. They present new work and bring people from across the arts together through exhibitions and events at Jerwood Space, London, as well as across the UK and online.

India/UK Together, a Season of Culture (June 2022 to March 2023), celebrates the friendship between the UK and India. Marking the 75th anniversary of India, this cultural exchange will showcase a vibrant programme of events across music, theatre, cinema, literature, fashion and visual arts. Antibodies is one of the projects within its Science, arts and heritage in times of change programme.

About The Tetley

The Tetley is a contemporary art gallery located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery. From the heart of Leeds’ South Bank, The Tetley creates a platform for amazing emerging artists, presents breathtaking free exhibitions and helps communities and young people in Leeds find their creative voice.

The Tetley is supported by Arts Council England, Tetley’s Beers and Leeds City Council.


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