The Tetley building against a blue sky

We’re leaving our iconic building at the end of the year

Journal 29 Sep 2023

We have some important news. After ten years here at The Tetley, we’ll be leaving our iconic building at the end of the year, as our lease comes to an end.

Since opening as an art gallery in 2013, we’ve welcomed nearly a million visitors through our doors – and we’re immensely proud of everything we’ve achieved here.

In the last ten years, we’ve presented 56 exhibitions, (including Yorkshire’s only Turner-prize winner!) and worked with more than 1200 artists – based locally, nationally and internationally.

As well as our breathtaking programme of free exhibitions, and a busy events schedule of weddings, conferences and events, we also pride ourselves on engaging with our local communities.

In the last year alone, the gallery’s under 5s play space, Tiny Tetley Studio, has welcomed more than 10,000 young children, parents and carers, and the gallery’s participation programme has engaged with 14,000 people, hosting community groups and organisations at the building and working offsite in south Leeds to bring creative projects to parks and community centres.

What you need to know

The Tetley’s on site exhibition programme ends on Sunday 22 October 2023, with shows by artists Afra Eisma and Richy Carey.

The Tetley Bar & Kitchen will also close from 22 October 2023.

In November and December, the building will open for a series of building takeovers by community initiatives and festivals such as Baby Week Leeds and BIG UP festival of art and social change.

The Tetley will then close to the public from 17 December onwards.

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

We will announce exciting plans for a new home soon – so watch this space for news about our future.

Visit us

We can’t wait to welcome you to The Tetley for your final chance to experience our exhibitions and family play space, Tiny Tetley Studio, and enjoy fantastic food and drink in our Bar & Kitchen.

We also of course want to say thank you to the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve visited us over the last ten years, and to the team, the artists and communities at the heart of the organisation. 

We’ll be looking back over the last ten years and saying our many thank yous on our social media channels over the next few months.

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