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.

The unprecedented closure during 2020’s lockdown of the UK’s already endangered pubs has highlighted both 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 tomorrows 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.

As well as looking to the future of pubs, we are also drawing inspiration from the past and will be recreating one of Leeds’ lost pubs as part of The Yorkshire Square. Do you have a favourite lost pub of Leeds, which you’d like to see brought back to life? Look out for our upcoming Lost Pubs competition, launching soon.

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