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Art Hostel Commissions 2020, East Street Arts

  • Yorkshire
  • interdisciplinary arts, visual arts
  • Karen Watson (Artistic Director)


The Art Hostel is a fully functioning backpackers’ hostel that is designed, created and run by artists for curious travellers.

We're excited to release our open call for the Art Hostel Leeds, which is a project we have nurtured and grown for six years!

Between October 2020 - March 2021 we will install up to seventeen new commissions that respond to the building and its location, the history and culture of the neighbourhood, how it will function as a venue and our values associated with hospitality, the circular economy and FUN!

We are looking for artists, designers, makers and inventors who can help us create a unique, absorbing and playful environment that is both accessible and sustainable.

Each commission will:

• Embrace the Art Hostel and its visitors, volunteers and staff

• Be site specific and value experience and product equally

• Enhance the visitor experience by introducing them to innovative, thought provoking and playful ideas

• Make the Art Hostel a new, unique and surprising experience

Interested? Find out more at:

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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Photo, Jennie Gill, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield. Photo Our Favourite Places / Nigel Barker for Yorkshire Artspace.