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&model is a curatorial project established in 2012 by James Chinneck, Chris Bloor and Derek Horton. Having opened our three-floor 19th century building in central Leeds in January 2013, we are now in the fifth year of an ambitious programme of exhibitions and residencies. Sometimes inviting guest curators, we show a diverse range of contemporary art, bringing established and international artists to Leeds and working alongside some of the city’s emerging practitioners.

As an RTTA project, &model will be extending their reach in Leeds beyond their East Parade Gallery. The spaces in ‘Kestrel House’ will deliver an extension of our current summer artist residency opportunities into a year-round programme. The new sizable premises will provide short, medium and long term residencies with participants selected on a rolling basis. The opportunity is primarily aimed at emerging artists and design practitioners and will provide test spaces for individual, collective and collaborative projects. Exhibition opportunities throughout the duration of the residencies may be negotiated and mentoring mechanisms will be in place to support the chosen residents.

Our current exhibition programme at East Parade remains unaffected and will continue as normal.


&model is an RTTA project.















A still from André Téchiné’s 1979 film Les Soeurs Bronté.
On the left, Téchiné’s friend Roland Barthes in a cameo role as William Thackeray. Roland Barthes
made his only visit to Leeds to shoot this scene opposite the town hall and immediately outside what is now & Model.

https://www.frieze.com/article/roland-barthes-actor