Saturday 12th August – Monday 28th August 2017

Leeds Art Gallery, Victoria Gardens

Redscape design by McCloy + Muchemwa with DLA Design

Leeds City Council, Leeds Art Gallery and DLA Design teamed up in summer 2017 to temporarily transform the space on Victoria Gardens, outside of Leeds Art Gallery.

Together we wanted to inspire residents, workers, visitors, children and families to re-imagine the space. There was something for everyone to enjoy including a programme of fun, playful, creative activities and places to sit, eat, relax and play.

The Concept

The concept built on: ‘Park Here’ - previous temporary interventions delivered by DLA Design on St Paul’s Street and the popular pop up park on Cookridge Street delivered by Leeds City Council.

Together we teamed up with Project Office to run a design competition for Leeds Beckett University Alumni. The winning design team worked with artist Trudi Entwistle and DLA Design to turn their ideas into reality.

The temporary transformation started the countdown to the Leeds Art Gallery re-opening in October 2017, incorporating an artistic programme of public activities turning the gallery inside out.

In parallel there was a series of seminars that used the intervention as a springboard to debate the design and programming of public spaces in cities - drawing on good practice from the UK and abroad.

Special thanks go to all our partners, individuals, funders and sponsors who made Park Here and Play possible.

flowers drawings

Project By

DLA Design
Leeds City Council
Leeds Art Gallery
Leeds 2023

Supported By

Leeds Bid
Leeds Inspired
Arts Council England
Stage One
Siir Robert Mcalpine
Child Friendly Leeds
Leeds Beckett University
The Academy of Urbanism
Studio Dekka
& Co