The Tetley

Info For Artists & Practitioners

Our projects are often developed through a co-curatorial process with artists. We welcome expressions of interest and outline proposals from artists, freelance curators, writers and educators and appreciate proposals that consider the contemporary art focus of our organisation, our past programme and the architecture of the project space we programme within.

Our new home at the former Tetley Headquarters is a stunning 1930s Art Deco building steeped in history and remains one of Leeds’ most iconic buildings. The building will become a cultural hub for the city with galleries, dedicated learning spaces, cafe/bar and outdoor playground. Although the main gallery spaces will be located on the first floor (former offices and central atrium space), we envisage the programme inhabiting the whole building and its immediate surroundings, to encompass a variety of spaces with original architectural features such as wood panelling and parquet flooring.

We are interested in:

  • Developing new commissions and projects collaboratively
  • Co-curating projects
  • Receiving expressions of interest to be considered within our curatorial projects initiated by The Tetley
  • Ideas for site-responsive projects

If you would like to submit an idea, please send us the following information in either digital or hard copy:

  • Proposal (maximum 500 words)
  • Curriculum vitae – including links to online documentation.
  • Up to 10 images (Prints, 35mm slides, hi-res jpegs – please mark bottom right hand corner facing you with a cross so the image can be viewed the right way round), DVD or VHS.  Please include the name of artist, title, date and medium.
  • Stamped SAE for return of visual material.

Please send proposals regarding the curatorial programme by email to:

or by post to:

Zoe Sawyer,
The Tetley,
Hunslet Road,
Leeds LS10 1JQ

Please send proposal regarding the participation programme by email to:

or by post to:

Melissa Burn
Participation Organiser
The Tetley,
Hunslet Road,
Leeds LS10 1JQ

Please note: though we endeavour to acknowledge proposals on receipt, due to the volume of proposals we receive we cannot guarantee an immediate response. We read and log all proposals received and select proposals we are interested in developing further following our twice-yearly submission deadlines, unless in response to specific open call opportunities.