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Introduction to Social Architecture

Introduction to Social Architecture
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26 Aug 2019 1pm - 4pm

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Rowland Road Working Men's Club, Rowland Road, Leeds, LS11 6ED

Interested in building, public space or architecture? Ever wanted to build your own sculptures?

Come collaboratively make with Studio Polpo!

Sign up to this free workshop with Sheffield-based social architecture practice Studio Polpo -  a collective who use collaborative approaches to building. Together we will play with a modular kit to learn basic collaborative building techniques. Exploring how to adapt or creatively ‘hack’ the streets of Beeston, making simple public sculptures and exploring different ways we can use urban space.

Open to ages 6+, no experience necessary, all abilities welcome, you must complete the online form to sign up.

This activity is made possible with support from Leeds Inspired, Rowland Road Working Men’s Club, Arts Council England and East Street Arts.

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. 

Image above alt text: image shows six different people walking past a large shed which has bright red doors.  It is a sunny day and people are dressed in light and bright colours, it is all adults and a mixture of ages, genders and ethnicities. They are pushing a wooden construction on wheels which has various things hanging off it such as flowers, bright blue IKEA bags and canvas bags containing things. One of the people is carrying a yellow flag over their shoulder and there are industrial signs in the background that say things like 'TOP PRICES for SCRAP' and 'ALL GRADES OF METAL REQUIRED'.'


Image Info: Studio Polpo transporting parts of their modular kit around Sheffield.

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During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.

Sign up:

Places are limited on this workshop and we will prioritise people living in Beeston. Please follow this link to sign up and fill out the online form or call us on 07702813747 (Sophie) and we can do this on your behalf. We will confirm your free place via email / phone a week in advance of the session. The workshop will be held at Rowland Road Working Men’s Club, Beeston, LS11 6ED. 

  • Wheelchair access

About the venue:

The venue is a 100+ year old social club and you do not need a membership to attend on this occasion. There are toilet facilities and we will supply some simple non-alcoholic refreshments.


This venue is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. It can also be reached easily by buses that pass through Beeston - the closest stop is on Dewsbury Road/Hunslet Hall stop - a 5 minute walk away up a slight hill. 

If you require child care, translation or assistance with travel expenses in order to attend this workshop please let us know as we have some money to go towards covering these.

Artists: Sophie Chapman + Kerri Jefferis
  • Free Event
  • Family friendly
  • Wheelchair access
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