Jiem

“This is the kind of perfect place for us, because of the city, and because of the people” Jiem

As part of our partnership project EX[S]PORTS, we recently welcomed our first resident artist to the Art Hostel – Jiem. During his residency, we put out an open call for walls which Jiem could paint. East Street Arts would just like to thank everyone who responded to our open call for walls. We felt such a reach of generosity from the city of Leeds, who gave Jiem not only walls, but conveyed the warmest welcome to a visitor of the city. Also, a big thankyou to Jiem for leaving us with a beautiful mark on the city.

“We really want to thank all of you, for your very warm welcome.”
Jiem, EX[S]PORTS, Feb 2016.


Jiem - Art Hostel

Jiem - Art Hostel


Jiem recently returned home to Lille with Mary, so he’s no longer looking for walls to paint! The response was quite unprecedented in that we had SO many replies to this call-out, not just from Leeds communities outside of the city centre (which unfortunately due to response rate/time we had to turn down).

“We enjoyed so much our stay in Leeds… this is the kind of perfect place for us, because of the city, and because of the people. We are really amazed by the work you do, how you connect people in the city. You totally rock, and it is really, really rewarding for us.” – Jiem and Mary 🙂

We had offers of walls from residents in the city centre and they came in thick and fast… so much so, that on this occasion Jiem was here for 2 weeks only, so he did not have the luxury of time to process obtaining approval to utilise some of the spaces… so the hostel door remains open!


Jiem - West Yorkshire Playhouse

Jiem - West Yorkshire Playhouse


Jiem is looking to visit us at East Street Arts again in the next three months to fulfil kind offers at venues such as Headrow House, The Bellevue and The Old Red Bus Station on Vicar Lane.


Jiem - West Yorkshire Playhouse

Jiem - West Yorkshire Playhouse


Citizens of Leeds and visitors to the city, can enjoy Jiem’s mural with the message “Marching On Together”, realised on the hoardings opposite West Yorkshire Playhouse in celebration of the current theatre co-production ‘The Damned United’, with Red Ladder Theatre Company; adapted from David Peace’s ingenious novel, that brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.

Performances start from Friday 4th March until Saturday 2nd April.
For more information about The Damned United, please visit: www.wyp.org.uk