Convention House

Convention House is an artist led space that looks to the future, with the projects and work surrounding environment, technology, sustainability and equity at its heart.

Convention House isn’t your usual white walled box. Our commitment to sustainability runs throughout everything we do, and what was once a nunnery has now been repurposed and transformed into a fully accessible and fit for purpose building for making, presenting, learning, and meeting.

A place where artists, technologists and social entrepreneurs can collaborate, test, experiment, make and innovate, Convention House provides a space where audiences, participants and neighbours can experience and bring new ideas, play with analogue and digital equipment and develop new skills

Convention House, with care and consultation from artists and communities, is growing into a thriving creative space, and is currently home to:

  • Sable Radio – an online radio station + creative platform who broadcast, run workshops, produce podcasts and curate programmes all from their studio
  • Northern Sustainable Darkroom – a photographic research facility based in Leeds and London. As part of the wider Sustainable Darkroom network, it focuses on the innovation and development of sustainable alternatives to photographic processes
  • Creative You! – A programme of participatory arts activities, digital capability upskilling and practical skills in job search through creative engagement

East Street Arts has an expanding range of equipment to support artists in their practice. This currently includes laser cutters, 3D printers and a kiln at Convention House with the aim of increasing this offer in the future.

Convention House residencies:

We have recently announced Four Creative Residencies with a focus on technology, the environment and making.

The residencies will enable the commissioned artists to:

  • Experiment with a range of technology
  • Engage in the organisation’s priorities around the environment, the circular economy and access and inclusion with a focus on tech
  • Explore ideas through creating and making, in support of the artists practice

These residencies are funded by Garfield Weston Foundation as part of our rebuilding programme post COVID.