The Tetley




Join us for the launch on Wednesday 15 July from 6-8pm. Free, all welcome

This exhibition launches our ambition to commission a play sculpture for Brewery Green. In the form of plans, sketches, maquettes and prototypes, the artists’ proposals will help us ask the question ‘What if…?’ Working with a contemporary artist or artists’ group, The Tetley aims to commission the play sculpture as a contribution to the development of new public realm in the emerging ‘South Bank Leeds’, one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe.

The project has emerged in response to a lack of play facilities within Leeds’ city centre. Here we present the first step on this journey: blue-sky thinking from a range of artists interested in the public realm, sculpture, and intergenerational play.

The artists were invited to ‘start at the beginning’ and not to be constrained at this stage by real-world practicalities. Some of the projects will develop during the exhibition through a range of workshops and events devised by the artists. After the exhibition, some of the ideas will be taken to a design development stage in tandem with fundraising for the commission.

Visit the projects Micro-site here

The exhibition also includes contributions from our Art Smart Superstars after school club members. The new Lab Space will give visitors the chance to join in with Dawn Todd’s interactive Laikin’ Place project to share your ideas too.


First Thursday: Celebrating Play
Thursday 6 August, 5-9PM

Join us for series of events on the first Thursday of every month across summer complementing our exhibitions. Join us in August to celebrate play for play’s sake through games, activities and discussion. Free, all welcome

Conway and Young Workshop
Wednesday 29 July, 12-2PM and 6-8PM
Free, women and girls only

Join Conway and Young in a workshop to contribute to the design of a new play sculpture. Work collectively to imagine, test, shape and design. Ideas and objects produced during this workshop will inform a final design proposal. To book a place please email:

Studio Polpo: An Invitation to Explore
Saturday 1 August, 11AM-2PM / 1-3PM
Free, all welcome

Explore the city with artists Studio Polpo. Use the Sofa and TV to playfully explore the surrounding areas of The Tetley in a new way.

Family Art Workshops
Every Saturday in August, 11AM-3PM

Led by artists and picking up on themes within our exhibition programme, join in some hands-on creativity. Open to all, although recommended for children 5-11years, Free.

Saturday 26 September, 11AM-4PM

Join us for, a one-day symposium on play, creativity and public space and the launch of our Think.Play.Do. publication. With contributions from speakers including Lesley Godfrey, Nils Norman and Charles Quick.


About The Artists

Studio Polpo
Studio Polpo are a Sheffield-based architecture practice.

Conway And Young
Conway and Young have collaborated as designers and lecturers since 2006.

Simon and Tom Bloor
Simon and Tom Bloor are artists with a collaborative practice based in Birmingham.

Nils Norman
Nils Norman is an artists based in London.

Natalie Finnemore
Natalie Finnemore is an artists based in Sheffield.

Matthew Houlding
Matthew Houlding is an artists based in Todmorden.

Join in the conversation on Social Media using: #ThinkPlayDo and #SummerOfPlay


Supported by the John S Cohen Foundation, Arts Council England and Leeds City Council