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


Dominic from Luton

Happiness is Easy
Denis Cockle to Duncan X to my left arm.
Extended hands.
Repurposed in biro by Damien Good to a billboard on the outskirts of Leeds. Monochromatic souvenirs nestle with the freckles.
Fab lollies to HERO.
A bucket and spade and forever.
Motifs of a time coming round again.
Not my hands or yours.
Just anyone's.
Tomorrow is our permanent address.

Dominic from Luton, 2019.

Denis Cockle is a legendary tattooist who went on to teach Duncan X. Both now legendary in the tattooing world. Denis is now reclusive. Duncan X is much imitated, never rivalled.

Duncan X tattooed that image onto my arm because I liked it as an image. It’s from ‘flash’ which means a quick, straightforward, usually monochromatic tattoo. Most tattooists have them, usually sheets of them. A ready to go approach.

They form part of my collection. It sits within a monochromatic rendering of iconic British seaside souvenirs. Motifs where every day is Summer. A one season arm. I had all of my tattoos professionally photographed a year ago with the intention of reworking them somehow, could they travel? If the hands were tattooed on anyone’s arms what happens when they leave mine and are put back out into the public sphere?