THU 7 – SUN 10 Dec
Thu 7 Dec – Sat 9 Dec: 12-6pm | Sun 10 Dec: 11am-3pm
42 New Briggate, Leeds city centre
Artist and fashion designer Yaku Stapleton presents an exhibition of garments, inspired by the illustrious clothing, textile production and tailoring heritage of New Briggate and beyond.
As part of our Hidden Histories of New Briggate project, Envisaging New Briggate’s Tomorrow showcases a reimagining of clothing for communities of Leeds, today and in the future. To inspire the wearable artworks, Yaku has taken a deep look into the communities, fashion, clothing and costume that has been present on the street over the years.
Presented via three ‘looks’, the exhibition explores Jewish immigration to the area and the community’s relationship to tailoring; the ‘going out’ clothes worn by visitors to the street’s bars and jazz clubs; and costume-making for the legendary Leeds West Indian Carnival, which once visited New Briggate as part of its parade route.
Visit early to pick up a free limited edition piece of Take Away Art.
Preview and Artist’s Talk
Weds 6 Dec: 6-8pm (booking essential)
Join us for the preview of Envisaging New Briggate’s Tomorrow, and hear Yaku discuss the inspiration behind his exhibition and the process of creating the work.
Part of the Hidden High Streets of New Briggate and the New Briggate Heritage Action Zone Project. Supported and funded by Leeds City Council and Historic England.