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


Conventionally, a function of most buildings is to differentiate what happens within from the world outside. But their usefulness and healthy maintenance depends on thresholds (windows, doors) that allow exchanges between outside and in, inside and out. Exchanges of vision, of people, of action. And of air. And of light. The light of the outside world illuminates the space within; and light inside can penetrate the outside’s darkness. Exchanges involve change. Change involves exchanges … of ideas, of understanding, of manifestation. Change is intrinsic to exchange.

When tomorrow becomes yesterday…

When blue sky thinking is clouded by an afterimage of inert grey…

An allegory:

A different kind of building… in a hospital room, doctors and nurses are evaluating, diagnosing, advising, testing, treating. The patient is finally alone with their thoughts, and they’re left feeling a lack of agency, rather lonely, despairing, and needing to regain a sense of control. But then they discover flowers in the room. The patient’s mood changes, lightens, with a new-found optimism. The flowers were there all along, but no one had really noticed them. How long will their colour and scent endure?

Tomorrow is the question…

Even when tomorrow becomes yesterday, the moment where the future unfolds remains. Tomorrow is still the question… unanswered…