​Doors open for East Street Arts at 130 Vicar Lane, Leeds

20 Sep 2016

On Friday 9th September, a small stakeholder event was held at 130 Vicar Lane in Leeds to celebrate completion of works to the building.

Owned by Hammerson, 130 Vicar Lane forms part of the Victoria Leeds Phase 2 site and given the condition of the premises, has remained empty and proved difficult to let since March 2014.

As part of our Community Plan, in partnership with East Street Arts, Sir Robert McAlpine, Leeds College of Building and Leeds City Council we have transformed the unit into a unique temporary project space. 130 Vicar Lane will offer a range of free workshops and a project space targeted at local 18 – 30 year olds. This joint enterprise project aims to support, develop and provide a platform for young people who are looking to gain experience in working in the creative industries. 

Through its programme of workshops and exhibitions, 130 Vicar Lane will provide a range of initiatives and training opportunities to up-skill Leeds residents, encouraging them to make, create and exhibit their work.

Supporting East Street Arts

East Street Arts have been granted a rent free lease for 130 Vicar Lane for a two year period, whilst Sir Robert McAlpine provided building materials at no cost to bring the unit up to a basic standard. A number of students from Leeds College of Building refurbished the unit as part of their building and construction courses. Recognising the benefit of the project to local residents, Leeds City Council waived the 20% charitable rates for East Street Arts for the first year.

East Street Arts are a contemporary charitable arts organisation based in Leeds, providing a range of opportunities for artists across the Yorkshire region. Further information on East Street Arts can be found here: www.eaststreetarts.org.uk