Leeds-based arts charity, East Street Arts is expanding its creative hub in Mabgate with the introduction of a permanent home for its pioneering social enterprise, Art Hostel.
With a combination of £570,000 investment from Unity Trust Bank and Key Fund, the creative organisation is set to start development work on the property, New York Studios, working with another raft of artistic talent to create a vibrant place to stay for visitors to the city.
The new Art Hostel will open in early 2019 and will be bigger than the current iteration which opened in 2016 on Kirkgate. The initial pop-up was intended to be a four year installation in the former seed warehouse but is now set to close at the end of 2018 due to development plans for its current building.
While it has been open, the Art Hostel has welcomed 9,813 guests to the city from 115 countries. A social enterprise, it is primarily run by volunteers with 34 beds in private, twin and shared dorms. Each of the rooms were created by artists from Precious Collective and Drew Millward to Edward Li with sponsorship from organisations including Awesome Merchandise, Hammersons plc and Thompson Brand. The new Art Hostel will offer more than 40 beds and start at £22 per person per night.
Currently in its 25th year, East Street Arts is dedicated to supporting artists at all levels, creating the space, time and resource for them to be innovative, pioneering and successful