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.

During Compass Festival 2021, Public House: The Yorkshire Square is coming to Leeds Kirkgate Market.Modelled on the dimensions of the unique fermenting vessel made famous by Tetley’s Brewery, The Yorkshire Square has been reimagined by artists Katie Etheridge & Simon Persighetti as a four-sided Pop-up-Pub serving brews and views from across Leeds.

Exploring the idea that the Pub of the future has many faces, each side of The Yorkshire Square will present a different bar offering multiple ways to explore the past, present and future of Leeds pubs.Nearly a quarter of pubs in the UK have closed since 2008, and the future of many more now hangs critically in the balance. The unprecedented mass closure of the UK’s already endangered pubs during 2020’s lockdown, has highlighted both the fragility and the importance of the Public House in our lives and communities.

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.

Lost Pub Competition 

Compass Live Art, in partnership with Leeds Civic Trust invited you to vote for the Lost Pub of Leeds that you would most like to resurrect.

Voting is now CLOSED. 

And after hundreds of votes and over forty nominations we are pleased to announce that the winning pub is… 


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

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