The Tetley aims to work with talented and ambitious artists in Leeds who wish to push boundaries and be experimental with their work. The Tetley works to support these artists in a supportive environment and bring new contemporary art to large audiences. The project aims to make the city a cultural destination and engage the community in the arts.
With funding from The National Lottery, The Tetley building has been refurbished into a new public venue containing public galleries, a learning studio, a large café and restaurant, and flexible spaces that host public events and screenings. Funding has helped to hold over 170 free public events that include talks, tours, screenings and family art workshops. The project has funded community-based training programmes and an After-School Club for children from local primary schools in disadvantaged areas. This has helped to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in the arts.
The Tetley has greatly improved the visual arts community in Leeds which has created a platform for new graduates and artists. Thousands of visitors have benefited from free workshops and events, which have increased the confidence of many and created a sense of community in the centre. The project has successfully held an 8-week intensive film project for vulnerable teenage girls, and created opportunities for adults to develop skills through courses in creative writing and painting. The Tetley development project has had a positive impact and helped to bring life and culture to the area.