Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address
Convention House, Leeds, UK 2019

Devised and curated by Marion Harrison
Commissioned by East Street Arts
Words – Derek Horton
Photo Credits – Jules Lister
Website Design – Erik Winterburn/Studio Volk
Audio – Baile Beyai and Stuart Mellor

This project aimed to critically, practically and technically test the potential scope of this new space through innovative, idiosyncratic, exploratory and inventive uses and implementation of technology, digital material, image, construction, words, systems, encounter and group learning.

--tomorrow is our permanent address and there they'll scarcely find us (if they do, we'll move away still further): into now
— E.E. Cummings – all ignorance toboggans into know. (1944)

Words – How will anyone know what is happening?

Convention House

Convention House is situated in Mabgate, Leeds. Formerly a convent and then used as an accountants for the last 37 years, this Victorian large-scale terraced building has recently been redeveloped into a unique creative space by East Street Arts.

Words – What makes a creative space?

︎ Laura Grace Ford

︎ Alex De Little

︎ Sophie & Kerri

︎ Marion Harrison & Stuart Mellor

︎ Jake Krushell & Alfie Kungu

︎ Marnie Simpson

︎ John Orlek

︎ Ben Dalton

︎ Sable Radio

︎ Village Pop up @ Convention House

Marsh Lane Billboard Project

Programmed by Marion Harrison and Alan Dunn.

Words – Public art; art in public spaces, art in the public realm…

︎ Dominic from Luton

︎ Laura Grace Ford

︎ Sophie & Kerri

︎ Jessie Brennan

︎ Tara Colette

︎ Andy Edwards


The particular history of Convention House, built as a convent or nunnery, repurposed for many years as the office of a firm of accountants before its current incarnation as a ‘creative space’, suggests a curious entanglement of the contemplative and the commercial; of communitarian values and capital value; of mystical imagination and rational measurement. Such a complex of interactions between psychic, emotional, political and economic aspects of everyday activity in the building’s earlier life ought perhaps to hint at (or haunt) the potential for its creative future.

Although ‘space’ in the context of a ‘creative space’ might refer to the space of discourse and ideas, it is still most commonly understood in the material sense of the word. But material space contains the residual trace of encounters that have taken place within it. Spatial relationships that are at once physical, social, cultural and historical are created where there is activity, transformation, unpredictability and energy generated through a continual negotiation with and re-negotiation of the site. Any space genuinely deserving of the description ‘creative’ would depend on just this.