Developer and Asset Manager, MEPC, is launching its latest community initiative – The Artist’s Window – to support the creative talent of Leeds.
Working alongside Leeds Arts University, the new scheme will utilise the ground floor retail space in the newly completed building, 4 Wellington Place, and will enable creative students to showcase their talents which could be anything from window paintings to sculptures, or even a photo series – the creative world is their oyster.
The space will provide artists with the opportunity to exhibit and showcase their current works, and four students will also be selected to have their work commissioned especially for the window.
Those successful artists will be chosen by a judging panel and have their commissioned work on display on a rotational basis.
Dominique Simcox, head of customer experience at MEPC, said: “After a year that proved difficult for everyone - especially the arts community - we wanted to support our local artists by firstly providing a central, public space in which they could exhibit their works, and secondly by funding and commissioning a series of bespoke pieces especially for Wellington Place. The window space in 4 Wellington Place offered the perfect location for us to do this.
“We have worked with the Leeds Arts University for many years and the talent that the students deliver never fails to impress us. We hope to spread a little more joy to both the Wellington Place and wider Leeds community with the installations. We encourage everyone to come down and take a look through The Artist’s Window when it launches later this year, to enjoy the exhibits.”
Elli Whitefoot, assistant careers employability & enterprise manager, Leeds Arts University, added: “We’ve done a number of projects with Wellington Place now, and it’s great to see a commercial developer supporting the arts in Leeds. The brief really allows our students to be creative, and we’re excited to see the various installations in place over the coming months, in such a prominent space in Leeds city centre.”