During 2014 we began to explore the area around Roseville Road and make links with the people who live and work there. Roseville Road is at first sight one of those chaotic, nondescript, slightly run-down inner city roads, which you only drive up or down to get to somewhere else. Most of the houses which used to line it have been demolished. The residential buildings have given way to car showrooms, self-storage warehouses, wholesale outlets for the rag trade and used furniture stores. Nevertheless, if find yourself walking along either side of the wide road and have the time to really look at the buildings, you might be surprised. You might want to break your journey into the centre of the city, or back out to the suburbs – you might want to stay awhile.
In December 2014, in collaboration with the New Roscoe Pub, we mounted an exhibition of photographs by Lizzie Coombes to celebrate the shops, businesses and other places of interest along the street and the people who live and work in the area.
We also created a piece of performance that took place on the street. We did this in collaboration with many of the businesses and business owners who work on the road as well as a number of local artists.
Roseville is another strand of our ongoing exploration of the city and our continuing collaboration. The project was funded by Leeds inspired and Arts Council England and produced by Alison’s company A Quiet Word.
Video by Blessing Bolu Oyebanji
263) 20th September
The sign says: “New Pedestrian Crossing Ahead”. I look up and there is a baby fox, padding silently across the road.