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Summer at The Tetley: Festival of Sound and Two New Exhibitions



Sat 25 – Sun 26 June

Building on The Tetley’s reputation for exciting large-scale events, The Tetley Weekender is a new annual micro-festival for all ages on Leeds’ South Bank.

Each year the festival will be inspired by The Tetley’s current exhibition programme, which for 2016 is No Quiet Place, an exploration of sound and visual art. Working with musicians, visual artists and guest-curators this micro festival of creativity
takes noise as a starting point with a programme ranging from live music for the under-fives to experimental sound art.

On Saturday from 2pm Recon present an Out There Sounds For All The Family event featuring a kids’ gig by post-punk indie pop trio Cowtown (facilitated by artist Bryony Pritchard), and Golden Meat Duo who will be creating an audio visual interactive environment for all ages. There’ll also be a range of drop-in family sound workshops led by artists and groups including Hayley Mills-Styles and Pyramid of Arts from 11am to 3pm. Outside on Brewery Green, you can hear 105+dB by Invisible Flock, a new sonic artwork that captures the 3D sound of football games.

From 6pm artists exhibiting in No Quiet Place, Paul Elliman and Hanne Lippard will give live spoken word and vocal performances, followed by Ewan Stefani’s Analogue Synth Ensemble and a live set by Rian Treanor that promises intense sonics from the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music, late into the evening.

On Sunday join artists featured in No Quiet Place including Akeelah Bertram, Clare Charnely, Paul Elliman and Hanne Lippard for a brunch time discussion followed by a live showcase by musicians on Trestle Records, an East London label dedicated to putting out new experimental music.

The Tetley Weekender is part of Yorkshire Festival 2016, the UK’s newest international festival which runs from 16 June - 3 July, and promises world premieres and UK exclusives with spectacular outdoor performances as well as music, theatre, arts and dance, from theatres to clubs across the region. For more information visit
Follow both online using @YorkshireFest and #TetleyWeekender

FREE ENTRY, Out There Sounds and Saturday evening gigs ticketed via / on the door






22 July - 9 October 2016

In his first solo show in a public gallery in the UK, London-based sculptor Jonathan Trayte presents a variety of recent works especially made and selected for The Tetley. Trayte’s work explores our complex relationship with food, from the production industry and global supply chains that engineer and design the products we consume, to its emotional and social role in today’s food obsessed society. Trayte’s sculptural installations of 1:1 casts of super-sized, prize vegetables are exuberant and comical. Using bare concrete or lurid painted bronze, Trayte’s installations echo familiar sites of consumption, from haphazard market-stalls to carefully orchestrated supermarket displays and elaborate dinner tables.

Trayte borrows his eye-popping colour palette from a vast array of food packaging - designed to catch the eye of consumers and compete with rival brands. Accentuating their unusual scale with unnatural ornamentation, common vegetables are transformed into glossy objects of desire, too good to eat.

Works on display demonstrate Trayte’s ongoing research interest that has involved the artist undertaking international residencies and visiting markets and factories where food is sold and produced. Trayte has also engaged with academic research, most recently collaborating with Professor Charles Spence at the experimental psychology laboratory at Oxford University, to gain an insight in how consumer decision-making is manipulated in commercial environments using various means, materials, lighting and temperatures.



22 July - 9 October 2016

Bringing together a collection of paintings by Cypriot artist Stass Paraskos, this exhibition hinges around ‘Lovers & Romances’ an exhibition that was the subject of an obscenity trial in 1966 following a complaint by a member of the public and a police raid on the show of the same title at Leeds Institute.

Painted in the revolutionary era of ‘flower power’ and ‘free love’, Paraskos’s trial sparked national and international debate with leading art world figures such as Herbert Read and Norbet Lynton speaking in his defence. Paraskos was the last artist in England to be prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act of 1838 that had earlier been used against DH Lawrence. Several of the works from the trial, deemed ‘lewd and obscene’ went on to be exhibited in the group show Fantasy and Figuration at the ICA in 1967 and were later acquired by the Tate in 2006.

This exhibition revisits these works and the debates they sparked 50 years on, presenting a selection of paintings produced in this period alongside archival material documenting the trial. Freedom of expression and censorship in the arts and beyond remains a lively debate today.

Having trained and then taught at Leeds College of Art before the notoriety of the trial Paraskos continued to develop his career with a dual focus on being an educator in tandem with being a practitioner. Inspired by his experience at the avant-garde ‘Barry Summer School’ in the sixties, Paraskos went on to establish his own DIY Art School, Cyprus Art College n 1969.


Key Events

• Thursday 21 July, 6-8 pm Exhibitions Launch Event (Press Preview from 2-4 pm)
• Thursday 4 Aug, 1 Sept, 6 Oct 6-8pm ‘First Thursday’ events and late gallery openings
• Alternate Saturdays 2pm Tours / 11am – 3pm Family Art Workshops


For details on the full events programme taking place to accompany this project visit