Photos: Lizzie Coombes, Simon Persighetti - Graphic: Tim Jukes

Etheridge & Persighetti (Small Acts)

Public House: The Yorkshire Square

Public House: The Yorkshire Square is a 12ft x 12ft pop-up pub bringing a ferment of connections, conversations and experiences, to the heart of Leeds iconic Kirkgate Market.

Modelled on the dimensions of the fermenting vessel made famous by Tetley’s Brewery, The Yorkshire Square has been reimagined as a four-sided pub serving brews and views from across Leeds.

Prolonged closures during the pandemic of the UK’s already endangered pubs, have thrown into sharp focus the fragility and the importance of the Public House. From mediated social hub to traditional tavern, The Yorkshire Square invites you to explore the idea that the pub of the future has many faces.

Pick from a menu of tap talks and heritage tours from guest presenters, help create tomorrow’s heritage by adding your opinions and views to the brew, or simply pop in for a pint.

Since 2017 Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti (Small Acts) have been working with Leeds brewers, publicans, campaigners and individuals to explore the future of social landscapes by investigating the enduring role of pubs as places of community, intergenerational exchange, entertainment, (hi)story telling and activism. The Yorkshire Square is the culmination of this work shining a spotlight on the relationships between pubs, people and places.

Public House: The Yorkshire Square by Etheridge & Persighetti (Small Acts). Commissioned and produced by Compass Festival. Made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund with support from Leeds Civic Trust. Many thanks to Leeds Kirkgate Market and Nomadic Beers.

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