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Case Study

The Tetley Weekender

The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art in the heart of Leeds South Bank. Based in the 1930s former Directors Offices of the Joshua Tetley and Son Brewery, The Tetley includes art galleries, event spaces, a learning studio, a bar and kitchen and space for creative businesses. The Tetley opened in December 2013 and was developed from Project Space Leeds which was founded in 2006 in Whitehall Waterfront.

The Tetley’s creative programme undertakes around four major art exhibitions per year with a focus on new and emerging artists and practice with a connection to the North of England. The Tetley also has an extensive learning and participation programme which has a focus on working with communities in inner south Leeds. The development of new talent across all of its work is at the heart of The Tetley.

With its events spaces and access to large outdoor areas such as the adjacent Brewery Green, The Tetley is a natural site for major events and these form a key part of the programme. Since its opening The Tetley has organised a major event to engage a wide community both indoors and outdoors of The Tetley every summer and this has grown year on year.

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In June 2016 The Tetley hosted the latest iteration of this, The Tetley Weekender. Inspired by our then current exhibition No Quiet Place, it explored noise as a concept in sound and vision. Featuring family workshops, a gig just for kids, a large scale sound installation on Brewery Green, evening performances from international artists and one off exhibits, nearly 2,000 people visited The Tetley during the weekend to take part. Artists, musicians and organisations featured included those with local, national and international reputations such as Rian Treanor, Trestle Records, Pyramid of Arts, Cowtown and Hanne Lippard.

The Tetley Weekender was the busiest summer event we have organised so far and was also featured as part of the 2016 Yorkshire Festival and Leeds Waterfront Festival. As one of the key cultural organisations in South Bank, The Tetley aims to host an even bigger summer event in 2017 to add further art and animation to this rapidly developing part of Leeds.

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