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Munro House Commission

Submitted by on February 5, 2012 – 10:32 pm2 Comments


Munro House wants your best creative ideas

Munro House is home to a wide range of creative doers, makers, and dreamers. With an art gallery, café, recording studios, Duke Studios & a host of creative and digital companies making this their base.

We are looking for someone to create something for the exterior of our fine building that gets people looking and thinking about Munro House. We’re located opposite the Bus Station in the Arts Quarter of Leeds (West Yorkshire Playhouse, BBC, Yorkshire Dance, Northern Ballet et al).

What are we looking for?

We want you to create something that grabs passersby, car drivers and train passengers by the short and curlies, generates some chat, enlivens the surroundings and makes the residents proud.  We want to put Munro House on the map and we believe the talent is out there to do it.

Who can enter?

Anybody with a great idea or five! Come visit us and find out more about the building, the residents and our future plans. Artists, designers, architects, musicians, we are interested in hearing from everybody. Whether you are based in Leeds, Yorkshire or Barcelona we want you to respond to Munro House with your traffic stopping ideas.

How to enter.

Feel free to take a look at Munro House during office hours, Cafe 164 and Leeds Gallery are open Mon – Saturday. Take a look around the surrounding area too. We’re looking for a bold response which puts this very creative area firmly on the map. The budget of 10k includes your time, materials and installation. You can also download the  floor plan of Munro House (length of the building approximately 70 metres)  Send up to 5 of your best ideas to us by 3rd March via  email: You will be informed by the end of March if you have been successful.

Who’s Judging? (Other than the Munro House residents who will whittle everybody’s ideas down to a shortlist)

Colin Oliver: Has fingers in the following pies: Futuresound, The Cockpit,  Dance To The Radio,  Pronto Management, Slam Dunk, Calls Landing Stew &Oyster Bar and of course Munro House

Paul Logan: Paul trained at the Royal College of Art. He practiced in London before moving to Italy. He is now based in Leeds where he works within a wide range of design disciplines. He is also a visiting lecturer at LMU.

Laura Wellington: Is Co-founder of Duke Studios situated in Munro House. When not transforming the whole of the first floor into a creative co-working space Laura also runs her own design practice supplying both the UK and international markets.

Ellie Halls Schiadas: Ellie is co-owner of Leeds Gallery and Café 164 with her boyfriend Matthew Andrews, a graphic and web designer.  Ellie and Matthew select and curate all of the shows at Leeds Gallery and work with the intention of breathing new life into the city’s art market.

Emma England: Director of RIBA Yorkshire, a member of the C20Society, sits on the board of Integreat Plus and Concourse, the Leeds centre for art, architecture, construction, landscape, planning & urban design and has a place on the Sheffield Sustainability and Design Review panel.

Alex Nelson: Design director at Elmwood and caretaker of FormFiftyFive, Alex is both a creator and curator of digital design and arts around the world.

When would the world get to enjoy the commissioned work?

Work on the installation will begin early April to be completed by the end of May 2012.

Credit Matt Andrews

Credit Matt Andrews

Photo credit Matt Andrews

Photo credit Matt Andrews

Munro House Floor Plan - Ground

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