Art In Unusual Spaces
Facilitating Contemporary Art and Animating Public Spaces
Art in Unusual spaces was an organisation active 2009 - 2019 (constituted as a Community Interest Company in 2010) based in Bradford and Leeds. We programme the use of public, underused and temporarily dormant spaces by artists. We believe that art and culture are sites for experimentation with new ways of thinking about, and experiencing, the world and act as a first stage in helping people engage and make positive transformation to their lives and surroundings.
Our past activity has included a programme of activity using empty retail units; large-scale exhibitions and live events; a public showreel of artist films and facilitating a residency for young artist-curators. We also provide ethical food and drink at cultural events through Bare Plume Cafe. Please see Archive for details.
The directors of Art in Unusual Spaces have over 40 years of experience in cultural programming, event management, art practice and research with specific knowledge in public and socially engaged art. Following start-up support from Leeds City Council and Arts Council England we currently operate as a voluntary and unfunded organisation. We are looking to expand our activity to allow a broader range of use of urban space for artistic purposes with a focus on community and social engagement.