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New arts space for Chapeltown launched

  • Date: 18 March 2010
  • Area: North
Union 105

Union 105.

UNION 105, a new arts space aiming to provide one-to-one support for artists and creative people in the Chapeltown area of Leeds, has been launched by East Street Arts (ESA).

The new space, which includes artists' studios, a flexible event and exhibition area, and a resource and meeting room, will also host events programmed in response to its immediate cultural, social and geographic context.

It is the fourth arts space in Leeds managed by ESA, an Arts Council England regularly funded organisation based in the city.

The UNION 105 launch event on 18 March coincided with the opening of a new group exhibition there.

The Chapeltown Salon, which runs until 16 April is inspired by historical French Salon exhibitions and features artwork representing a wide range of artistic practices in Chapeltown shown floor-to-ceiling on every available inch of space.

Karen Watson, Artistic Director, East Street Arts, said: 'As a resident of Chapeltown it feels really important to be able to invest, in a very real way to my own local community, something that can have a very real impact. I look forward to East Street Arts, through UNION 105, contributing a special programme of arts and engagement to the already vibrant creative life of the neighbourhood.'

East Street Arts focuses on the development of artists through an events programme, professional development, and studio and facility provision.

UNION 105 was developed with the support of the Sharing the Success programme and in partnership with Unity Enterprise.

For more information visit UNION 105 or East Street Arts