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