New arts building opens at Leeds Arts University

17 January 2019

A £22m state-of-the-art building expansion has opened at Leeds Arts University, providing new studios and facilities for students.

The new building includes a 230-seat performance auditorium and industry standard film and photography studios to allow the University to expand its course provision, including the introduction of BA (Hons) Filmmaking and BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance. It will also house the growing portfolio of opportunities for postgraduate study with a larger specialist arts research and reference library and a new postgraduate study suite.

An open plan atrium-style entrance includes a new public gallery and Dot the Lions, an independent coffee bar delivered by the team behind Laynes Espresso.

Sheffield design agency Peter & Paul were commissioned by the University to create two bespoke large-scale art pieces for the building interior. The first is situated within the entrance of the building and has been created using quotes from 46 alumni, gathered from their thoughts and memories of their time at Leeds Arts University.

The second spans the length of the photography department, stretching across a wall over 30 metres long and two storeys high. More abstract in design, the wall shows intertwined arms engaged in creative activity.

To celebrate the opening the new Blenheim Walk Gallery will show work by internationally renowned multimedia artist and peace activist Yoko Ono. For this exhibition, a selection of her interactive installations, Wish Trees, Mend Piece, Add Color Painting (Refugee Boat), and ARISING, will be on display from Friday 8 February – Friday 14 March. Find out more here.