Hover over the icons on the map of Leeds for more details about the projects we are running. Click to visit the individual project pages. Each different project has been created in collaboration with people living in Leeds, who have made their own maps of the city.

Map 1

Seacroft

Working with young people from Seacroft and Whitkirk and a PRU on the edge of the city, we created an audio-map that explores the lives of some of Leeds’s less well-known inhabitants.

 

Map 2

Meanwood Hall

In collaboration with Pyramid of Arts, we mapped the story of people with learning disabilities in the city and explored the City Museum, Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds Art Gallery and Meanwood Hospital.

 

Map 3

Seacroft, Cross Gates and Stainbeck

We worked with older people from Cross Gates, Stainbeck and Seacroft, to produce a series of embroidered maps of the city that reflect their stories and experiences of Leeds in the 1930s to 1950s.

 

Map 3

Seacroft, Cross Gates and Stainbeck

We worked with older people from Cross Gates, Stainbeck and Seacroft, to produce a series of embroidered maps of the city that reflect their stories and experiences of Leeds in the 1930s to 1950s.

 

Map 3

Seacroft, Cross Gates and Stainbeck

We worked with older people from Cross Gates, Stainbeck and Seacroft, to produce a series of embroidered maps of the city that reflect their stories and experiences of Leeds in the 1930s to 1950s.

 

Map 4

Clarence Docks

With three local primary schools we explored the redevelopment of Clarence Dock and thought about the way the city has changed in the last century, and how it might change in the future.

 

Map 5

Central Leeds

We worked with people using Mental Health Support services in the city via Artlink West Yorkshire and Inspire Arts Group to map journeys that are important to them, focusing on Belle Vue Road and Great George Street.

 

Map 6

Mabgate

We worked with refugees and people currently seeking asylum to map the journeys they take through Leeds and document their thoughts about the city.

 

Map 7

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Together with composer James Redwood and vocal animateur Caroline Challis, we worked with people who like to sing on a set of newly commissioned songs about Leeds, and performed them at the Leeds Labyrinth exhibition.

 

Map 8

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At the end of our first year the maps drawn from the perspectives of 300 people became part of an installation taking the form of a labyrinth in the heart of Leeds’ Central Library.

 

Map 9

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We collaborated with local businesses and workers in the Roseville Road area, and photographer Lizzie Coombes, to produce an exhibition in the New Roscoe Pub, and created a performance piece for the street.

 
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Welcome to the Area! 365 Leeds Stories is an ongoing project about Leeds. In Autumn 2013, Alison Andrews and Matthew Bellwood began working with people all over the city to find out what they thought about living here. In collaboration with a range of other artists, these impressions and ideas about the city were turned into a series of “maps”. These were sung, embroidered, rendered as shadows and made into books and films. Each map showed a version of the city from a different perspective.

In May 2014 these maps and the stories they tell were presented in Leeds Central Library where they took the form of a labyrinth – an interactive maze of maps through which new routes and journeys could be imagined.

Since then, the project has continued to work with different people all over Leeds to share thoughts, feelings and ideas about the city and to continue the process of mapping people’s experiences of living here.

This website is a document of some of the work completed so far and of the various ongoing strands of the project. We very much hope you enjoy your visit.    Alison and Matthew

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