Opportunity: Art Hostel – Artist Commission 28 Oct

Our friends East Street Arts are looking to commission an artist on behalf of Mick Ward and Gill Crawshaw to develop a new piece of work/installation to create a unique environment for one of the bedrooms in their latest project, Art Hostel.art-hostel-opportunity

The Brief

The commission will focus on the history of the immediate area. Along the river front, off Pitfall Street, near The Calls, is an old, stone building that used to be the Leeds Riverside Mission where Mick’s mother got married and lived. The Leeds Mission supported boatmen and their families, destitute and vagrant people, through the provision of education, clean space, laundries etc. This commission should focus on the good work of the Mission. This area, with the Leeds Bridge, is rich within the history of Leeds, but we are also very interested in this, more personal history.

Using the location, narratives, archive material, maps and traces of history, we are looking for proposals that aim to conduct further research and draw together a response to develop a unique environment for the Art Hostel.

The Room

The room is on the second floor and is one of several smaller rooms that sits alongside two larger dormitories. The room was originally the manager’s office and, unlike the other rooms, has some original details e,g. a wooden floor, picture rail and a fireplace.

The room is a small double room on the first floor, approximately 3000mm x 3700mm. It has a rectangular window on the exterior wall with a radiator underneath the window. There is a fireplace on the right hand wall. It will be one of only two rooms in the Art Hostel that will function as a private, double room.


The deadline for applications is Tuesday 3 November. Please contact East Street Arts if you need further information and/or you would like to visit the Art Hostel.

The fee is £800, which includes materials, your time and the execution of the finished work. East Street Arts are open to discussing timescales, but the Art Hostel is due to open in November and work will have to fit around guests. We would also be interested in an aspect of the installation being interactive for guests, but this is not essential and will not affect decisions.

For more information and to apply, please visit: www.curatorspace.com

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