Compass Festival 2021 Public House – The Yorkshire Square

By November 17, 2020 March 16th, 2021 News

Etheridge & Persighetti’s most ambitious project to date, Public House – The Yorkshire Square is one of the first projects to be announced as part of Compass Festival 2021.

The biennial Live Art festival will return to Leeds in 2021, featuring 8 new commissions that invite audiences to further explore their localities and rediscover culture, heritage and community within their city through interactive and participatory art.

Public House- The Yorkshire Square is a 12ft x 12ft pop-up pub bringing a ferment of connections, conversations and experiences, to the heart of Leeds iconic Kirkgate Market.

Modelled on the dimensions of the fermenting vessel made famous by Tetley’s Brewery, The Yorkshire Square has been reimagined as a four-sided pub serving brews and views from across Leeds.

Since 2017 Katie & Simon have been working with Leeds brewers, publicans, campaigners and individuals to explore the future of social landscapes by investigating the enduring role of pubs as places of community, intergenerational exchange, entertainment, (hi)story telling and activism. The unprecedented closures of the UK’s already endangered pubs in 2020 has highlighted both their fragility and their central place in so many peoples lives.

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Public House – The Yorkshire Square is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund with support from Leeds Civic Trust.

About Small Acts

Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti are artists and performance makers who create live participatory projects that explore the interrelationships between people and places. Since 2011 they have developed a unique collaborative practice operating at the intersection between architecture, community, place and performance. Engaging people all stages of the creative process, they develop multi-disciplinary methodologies designed to explore, expose and contain multiple perspectives and sometimes conflicting narratives of place.