Call for creative proposals for Shop at Leeds Market Week
The Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market are hosting a Shop at Leeds Market Week from the 3rd-6th May, culminating on Saturday 7thMay. This event has been thought up by a group of passionate, committed people who want to help develop and revive Leeds Market – using its beautiful buildings, its wonderful people, and fantastic produce to best effect in restoring its place as the jewel in Leeds’ crown.
Shop at Leeds Market Day is an opportunity to promote Leeds Market as a cost-effective, ethical, environmentally friendly and fantastic, diverse public space to shop for quality food, household and other products. We want people who’ve never set foot in the market to come in, join in, and experience the market itself! We want to show that you could effectively do all your shopping in Leeds Kirkgate Market while re-establishing human links and supporting the local economy.
We’re looking for creative projects and ideas for activities to go on during the week and on the Saturday itself. They need to address the market in an exciting and creative way – but what you do is up to you! We want to restore dialogue about the market, encourage people to take part in its survival and revival, and establish a new group of people who shop there alongside its existing customers. As we are a voluntary group, and everyone’s strapped for cash anyway, there’s no money in this: but since when has it been about that anyway?
Ideally your projects should be:
- Interesting and encourage conversations about the market space and concept
- Work within the space of the market (indoors and/or outdoors)
- Respond, react, and listen to the market experience
- Achievable (at least the starting points) within a week or shorter period
This isn’t just a project for visual artists, but anyone – poet, writer, blogger, photographer, performing artist, dancer, sculptor, baker, singer, designer, textile artist, social media lover, dreamer, wishful thinker…anyone! Some ideas we’ve had, and would like people to fulfil, are:
- Mini pop up photography exhibition
- Moving street theatre around the market
- On site scene painters – think the new Hogarth
- Musicians and dancers reinventing the space
- Creative writing on dreams and visions of the market
- Cartographers mapping personal histories of the market
- Video and audio blogging through the week and day itself
If you would like to be involved and have an idea for a project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, making the subject line of your email ‘Creative Proposal for FOLKM’.
Or, you can comment on our blog at: http://www.kirkgatemarket.wordpress.com or follow us on Twitter and drop us a line! We can only accept a limited number of projects for this event (due to physical and material constraints) so the sooner you get the proposal in, the better! Our nominal final deadline is the 22nd April.
UPDATE Forgot to mention that we will be having physical space within the market: most likely a small unit that will be used as a base hub, and also exhibition area. So there’s somewhere to park yourself if you have a sited work!