Away from the big name galleries, there are some intriguing secret art spaces in Leeds.
While we all know and love Leeds’ well renowned galleries, there are some amazing art spaces across the city that folk may not have come across before. From basement galleries to cafe exhibition spaces and an art collective who work and present their pieces in a city centre studio, there’s plenty more art to discover, if you look off the beaten track.
Mexico Project Space
Mexico Project Space is your best bet to find tomorrow’s big talent, today. Having started out on Wharf Street, the space is now based at 53 The Calls and Mexico acts as both a gallery and studio for a collective of artists and curators. It’s run by them as a co-operative and allows them to work together to create unique exhibitions you can see for yourself. They change regularly, working around a theme that challenges and influences their work, while showing off their budding talent.
Mexico Project Space, 53 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EY.
Basement Arts Project
Heading to somebody’s basement might not seem like your usual place to find a gallery, and you’d be right – until you visit the Basement Arts Project in Beeston that is. It’s the work of local artist and curator Bruce Davies who seeks out the best and most creative artists he can find, and provides a platform for their work. Davies works with these artists to help them develop their artistic practice, by creating a support structure and putting them in touch with other artists to share their ideas – and you can see the results.
Basement Arts Project, 26 Burton Terrace, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5JH.
There are plenty of strings to The Bowery’s bow – it’s a super cool cafe, offering up great coffee, salads and cakes, while also acting as an art space for local and national artists to show off their work. They specialise in the most engaging contemporary art they can get their hands on, by artists who are happy to challenge people’s conceptions of what art really is. So why not get up to Headingley to grab a cuppa and a bite, before perusing the intriguing pieces of art that deck out The Bowery’s walls?
The Bowery, 54 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL.