The East Leeds Project has been awarded funding from Leeds Inspired to commission an artist or artists to create a new piece of work for the Gipton Gala 2019, which will take place at Fearnville Fields on 14 July.
The commission forms part of an extended period of R&D informing their ambition to create a Pavilion at Fearnville Fields, in partnership with Bauman Lyons Architects and utilising their innovative system MassBespoke. The Pavilion, which will be designed and built by, with and for the community, will provide a shared maker space for activity led by stakeholders. There are creative people all across east Leeds, but there are no specialist spaces for making in is broadest forms (no artists’ studios, co-working spaces, hack spaces, makers spaces, open-access facilities or workshops) where people can learn, network, share and showcase what they do. As a result, many people work in isolation from home, in their kitchens, garages and sheds, or commute in to the city centre.
This commission also forms a critical part of our R&D activity towards achieving the Pavilion itself in the future. The Pavilion will create a temporary, shared space for making together and will facilitate conversations which will help understand what a permanent maker space might look like and how it might work for local stakeholders.
The Gipton Gala takes place annually at Fearnville Fields, adjacent to Fearnville Leisure Centre. The Gala is managed by Gipton Together, a registered charity which provides arts and sport activities for young people aged 6-18 years.