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Art Exhibition, from 17 Nov 2018, free entry

Four Legs Good

Four Legs Good

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Four Legs Good is a contemporary revival of the medieval animal trials which took place in Britain and throughout Europe, where animals who had been accused of committing crimes were brought to court, provided defence counsel and prosecuted in full hearings before a judge.

For Compass 2018, artist Jack Tan [http://www.jacktan.net/] will reimagine Leeds Town Hall as the site of a fictional Department of Animal Justice and stage a series of live ‘moot’ animal trials where practising barristers will argue claims brought by or against animal clients, before a judge and jury at the old Victorian courtroom in Leeds Town Hall.

Exploring the legal framework which surrounds humans, animals and our shared environment, the work invites us to reconsider our understanding of the position of humans in relation to animals and the environment. Leeds Town Hall users will encounter what appears to be a working Animal Court evidenced by signage, court leaflets, legal heritage displays and a court website.

This culminates in a day of live hearings of animals nominated by local animal charities and organisations, where the animals will also be bringing cases of their own against humans. On SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER, court hearings will take place at the times listed below.

1PM SHEEPWORRYING (90 minutes)
Hearing (60 minutes) followed by jury deliberation (20 minutes), verdict and sentencing (10 minutes)

3PM SIGNAL CRAYFISH (60 minutes)
Court of appeal hearing (50 minutes) followed by judges deliberation (10 minutes)

5PM DANGEROUS DOG (90 minutes)
Hearing (60 minutes) followed by jury deliberation (20 minutes), verdict and sentencing (10 minutes)

PLEASE NOTE: ANYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND ALL OR PART OF ANY OF THE HEARINGS - just drop in to the public gallery of the courtroom. YOU ONLY NEED TO BOOK A PLACE [https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/four-legs-good-tickets-49507844295] IF YOU WISH TO SIT ON A JURY.

An exhibition will be available to view in Leeds Town Hall corridors 17 - 24 November.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 17 - Fri 23 Nov 2018 12:00 to 17:00
Sat 24 Nov 2018 12:00 to 18:30

Prices

Free entry

Please note that admission is by ticket.

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    Address

    Leeds Town Hall,
    The Headrow,
    Leeds,
    LS1 3AD

    Location

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    Map reference: SE 297338  Lat: 53.80038 Long: -1.54971

    By Road: From all directions head into Leeds city centre, upon arrival at the city follow signs for the city loop road (the one way system around the city centre). The Town Hall is found at junction 3 of the loop, and parking is found in nearby streets and The Light car park.

    By Public Transport: From Leeds City Station, exit the station by the Queens hotel. Cross the road to the Park Plaza hotel and head straight up Park Row. Turn left at the crossroads at the junction with The Headrow, the Town Hall is found at the next crossroads. If travelling by bus, from Leeds Bus Station walk up New York Street to Kirkgate Market. Turn right into Vicar Lane and then at the crossroads, turn left to The Headrow. Walk for approximately five minutes and you will arrive outside the Town Hall

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality