Temple Works Today
Privately owned and run, and receiving no external funding, Temple Works is now set to become a major mixed-mode cultural venue called Temple.Works.Leeds. While the spectacular 2 acre main space undergoes repair with new owners, it acts as a backdrop to the rest of the slowly restored site which includes an old paintshop, joiners shop, external sheds, listed toilets, the old Works Canteen from Kay’s Catalogue days, and a myriad of other wonderful spaces and places. The lengthy repair period necessary for such a unique structure has given the Temple.Works.Leeds team the chance to involve local and regional artists in testing the site’s spatial qualities and choreography. Artists are now rehearsing, holding events and in residence, helping create the first years of a contemporary cultural programme.