The Tetley

The Tetley Weekender: Experiments Workshop

19 – 20 May, 11am–5pm

The Tetley Weekender is our annual micro-festival that takes inspiration from our upcoming exhibitions, with activities for all the family, artist-led performances, events and talks, plus great food and drink. It’s a perfect introduction to everything we do at The Tetley!

FREE and open to all over the weekend between 11am–5pm.

The Experiments Workshop formed the centrepiece of the Material Environments exhibition and we were excited to have four artists from the exhibition with us over the weekend. 


  • Phoebe Cummings continued her practice live in the Atrium as she spent time working and building on her larger than life immersive clay installation.
  • People joined Cummings for an experimental workshop; imagining their own sci-fi scenes and then re-creating these fantastical and colourless landscapes using clay, inspired by Cumming’s current installation.
  • People were also invited to take part in multiple workshops led by artist Harold Offeh:
    • His Selfie Choreography workshop explored how the body is mediated by cameras and technology through themes of music, movement, photography and narcissism.
    • The Machine workshop, during which participants were invited to embody and respond to images, texts and sounds both collectively and physically. They contribute to the creation of a collective image using bodies in the space, which was then documented and added to an archive showreel.
  • Visitors also saw a performance devised by Offeh focusing on interviews, talk shows and audio material transcribed into scripts and activated by a collective reading that explores identity, realness and authenticity.
  • Serena Korda performed her Glass Harp live in the gallery, an instrument once associated with causing madness and hysteria for its players and listeners! Played both days, 11am–4pm
  • Keith Harrison demonstrate his artwork as a live science experiment, using the heritage of the building to create a large expanding installation. Both days, 11am–5pm.


  • Fantasy Object Tree Family Art Workshop: Families were invited to take inspiration from the evolving work on display and create a colourful three dimensional object to hang from a collaborative fantasy tree. Sunday, 11am-3pm, drop-in, all welcome but particularly good for children aged 5-11.
  • Families created shelters outside on the Brewery Green from various recycled materials, taking inspiration from Joanna Piotrowska’s photographic series Shelter in the exhibition! Both days, 11–4pm, drop-in.
  • A Leeds Dads showcase featured giant bubbles, art tables, baby friendly zones, lego, ‘Dadercise’, snacktime, storytime and a wordsearch treasure trail with prizes to be won. Sunday, 1–4pm, drop-in.
    Leeds Dads is a voluntary organisation bringing together a diverse community of fathers for social interaction and support. By hosting playgroups, social events, providing information and expert parenting support, Leeds Dads is unique in supporting fathers to build lasting relationships with their children.
  • Play with a giant spirograph and take part in slime sunday with gooey and oozy slime making. Drop in for other self-led activities. Playbox was a converted shipping container, coordinated by Emma Bearman, that tours around Leeds bringing arts, craft, games, music, sport, dance and more to communities and venues. Funded by Leeds Inspired and Arts Council England. Both days, 1–5pm, drop-in!
  • Kids could create their own pizza! Delivita offered hourly workshops to get creative with your food. On the Sunday, 11am–4pm.
  • Face painting! Make-up and SFX artist, Dana Cole, painted faces with many themes like aliens, botanical design, bubbles and rockets! 
  • STEAM Co. #Summer of Love Art pop-up – STEAM Co. celebrated everybody’s art with a Pop-Up alongside PlayBox container where you could make and fire your own paper rockets #ArtofRockets.
    STEAM Co. were in Leeds inspiring and celebrating creativity in school communities on their #SummerOfLoveArt tour and popped into to the Tetley on the Sunday.

On the Sunday, there was a pop-up bar from 12-5pm serving a limited selection of drinks.

Didn’t make it to the weekender? Don’t worry, watch what happened over the Experiments Workshop on our live stream: