THE WEATHER CAFÉ has appeared in Leeds. This extraordinary new space on the Headrow responds to the changing weather of the city. Inside, the shifting environment evolves as the wind blows, the rain falls and a thick cloud unfolds around you. Created by artist David Shearing, THE WEATHER CAFÉ presents the voices of over 100 people living and connected to Leeds. The café acts as a barometer to reflect the emotional climate of the city. This is a free, public event – all are welcome to come and spend time at THE WEATHER CAFÉ.

Inspired by the weather conditions of the moment, the sound responds to the shifting winds, the rising and falling humidity and the visibility of the sky – the space becomes its own digital microclimate. In addition to the daily setup of the space, the café will host three curated events by Leeds community groups (Emmaus, Artlink and Leeds Young Authors). Each group are using the space to question our relationship to the elements, the city and each other.



DESIGN ASSISTANTS: Molly Isherwood, Helen Russell Brown, Monika Liberska, Chloë Jayne Oldridge.

FURNITURE BUILD: Wayne Chapman, Chris Paley (C T Trade)

PRESS: Hollie Latham 

ADMIN SUPPORT:  Joanna Ellis

TEMPORARY SPACE:  Lester Francis Drake, Karen Watson (East Street Arts), Alex Mayor (Brassington Rowan). 

RESEARCH ADVISERS: Ben WalmsleyJoslin McKinney 

TECHNICAL LOANS COURTESY OF: Martin Bush (Galaxy Lighting), Thomas Stanley (3D productions). Greg Mckay and Peter Shorten (O2 Academy Leeds)

PARTNERS: Joanne Stafford (Emmaus), Khadijah Ibrahiim (Leeds Young Authors), Hayley Mason, Sylvie Fourcin, Jill Johnson (ArtLink), Gaby Paradis (First Floor – West Yorkshire Playhouse), Gary Chadwick (Leeds Markets). Nicky Taylor (Heydays – West Yorkshire Playhouse).

THE WEATHER CAFÉ has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England and Leeds Inspired (Leeds City Council).  Supported by East Street Arts.