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Media release for immediate use: Tuesday 9 February

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[David Shearing]


The Weather Cafe The Weather Cafe


The Weather Cafe The Weather Cafe

The Weather Cafe The Weather Cafe


THE WEATHER CAFÉ by David Shearing

1 March – 20 March 2016

133-141 The Headrow (opposite Leeds Art Gallery) Leeds city centre

Launch Events – Thursday 3 March & Friday 4 March from 6pm (rsvp

  • THE WEATHER CAFÉ is a major new public artwork, launching in Leeds city centre on 1 March
  • Created by award-winning artist David Shearing, who makes immersive, multimedia experiences, this ambitious public artwork is the first in a series of imaginative public interventions that the artist will create over the next few years
  • Presenting the voices of over 100 people in Leeds, THE WEATHER CAFÉ envelopes the audience in wind, rain and cloud, bringing outside elements indoors
  • Transformed through design, sound composition and digital technology, this public artwork is free for people to attend
  • Passers-by are invited to step inside the café to contemplate and reflect.

Situated in Leeds city centre from 1 – 20 March 2016, THE WEATHER CAFÉ introduces a distinct design world into the public realm by creating natural phenomena — water, mist, light and fog — in an unexpected setting. Audiences are invited to reflect on their place within the city in this immersive installation that responds to the changing weather of the moment. Inside, the shifting environment evolves as the wind blows, the rain falls and a thick cloud rolls underneath in an ever-changing orchestration of sound and imagery. THE WEATHER CAFÉ acts as a barometer to reflect the emotional climate of the city.

Created by artist David Shearing, THE WEATHER CAFÉ presents the voices of over 100 people living and connected to Leeds. Working together with composer James Bulley and creative technologist Daniel Jones, this multimedia artwork brings the weather elements indoors, creating an unusual and surprising experience for passers-by.

David Shearing comments:

“THE WEATHER CAFÉ offers a space for contemplation and reflection, a space that is free and open to all. We never really know the stories of those who sit next to us, this project offers an insight into the lives of the people all around us, and asks whether we can build a deeper sense of compassion”.

David Shearing is an artist making immersive multimedia experiences. His work operates as a hybrid between fine art and performance practices that challenge audiences to reconsider their relationships to each other and their environment. Last year, as the winner of the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, David created ‘The Weather Machine’ with West Yorkshire Playhouse and stage@leeds, an evocative multimedia installation for arts venues.

This new work brings together further collaborations, this time with arts and community partners. Working with Leeds-based community organisations to share their stories, collaborators include the socially engaged poetry group, Leeds Young Authors; homeless charity and community Emmaus; creative programme for over 55’s Hey Days and community arts organisation Artlink, among others. Groups are working with Shearing to curate and present one off events in the space during its tenancy.

THE WEATHER CAFÉ is a gift, a gift of time, a conversation piece about reflection, isolation and togetherness. Created in partnership with East Street Arts through their temporary spaces programme and funded by Leeds Inspired, this ambitious public artwork is just the first in a series of imaginative public artworks that Shearing will create in future years.

Amy Letman, Producer of THE WEATHER CAFÉ comments :

‘This extraordinary public artwork offers a unique moment for the city and sets a precedent for future projects. This is the first of a series of public interventions David will make in Leeds and shows the transformational potential of artists working in the public realm’.

Karen Watson, Artistic Director of East Street Arts comments :

‘East Street arts is delighted that David has made Patrick Studios his base and we have been working closely with him to support his practice and this new and exciting venture…’


THE WEATHER CAFÉ is open everyday from 1-20 March 2016 (see website for specific timings) and entry is FREE. Complimentary tea will be provided. For more information please visit

To arrange interviews please contact / 07583 261982

Launch events are for press/industry only and on Thursday 3 March & Friday 4 March from 6pm (rsvp

Supported by Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council, and using public funding through the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by East Street Arts.

About David Shearing

David is an award-winning artist making immersive multimedia experiences. His work operates as a hybrid between fine art and performance practices that challenge audiences to reconsider their relationships to each other and their environment. He works with hi and low technologies such video, light, sound and spatial design to create highly emotive and reflective environments. In 2014 he was awarded a competitive Sky Academy Arts Scholarship to develop ‘The Weather Machine’. In 2013 he won the World Stage Design award for Best Installation for ‘and it all comes down to this…’ (2012). He studied Performance Design at Central Saint Martin’s (2009) and has a PhD in audience immersion, University of Leeds (2015).

About East Street Arts

East Street Arts is a contemporary arts organisation based in Leeds and working across the UK and EU. Their mission is to support artists to create work that brings lasting change to our everyday lives; through an activities programme, membership events and being a leading provider of temporary and permanent space to the creative community.

East Street Arts are now the largest provider of temporary space for artistic use across England and Wales.

About Leeds Inspired

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts events and projects throughout the year, supporting high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors. Founded in 2012, Leeds Inspired supports culture in the city through grants schemes, commissions and a ‘What’s On’ events website. Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council.


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