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


How will anyone know what is happening? How will what has happened be remembered, documented, passed on, learned from?

Performative, durational projects, involving activity that is relational and process-based rather than outcome-driven and object-based, all too often occupy blind spots. Some purposefully don’t want to, or perhaps can’t, extend to a capacity for documentation. Their intuitive and creatively spontaneous approaches, rather than bureaucratic ones, often determine that minimal time and resources are spent on infrastructure, legacy, promoting awareness, or documentation.

This lack of knowledge or evidence leaves a wide gap for falsification or forgetting, or for the space to be taken up by a single, already established narrative that serves existing interests.

But this website goes some way to filling that gap for Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address – to ensure a legacy for the project and ensure that the collaborative work of all the artists involved is part of a creative virtual space that might generate, inform or inspire the evolution of Convention House and wider initiatives too.