2014 Festival Report

COMPASS FESTIVAL 13 – 23 November 2014

Photo: Jonathan Turner

Photo: Jonathan Turner

Photo: Jonathan Turner

Photo: Jonathan Turner

Women with beards looking in mirror

Because My Vogue is Your Vogue Jade Pollard-Crowe photo: Jonathan Turner

Two women outdoors seated facing each other arms outstretched

Dancing with Strangers Instant Dissidence photo: Jonathan Turner Photo: Jonathan Turner

Photo: Jonathan Turner

Compass 2014 was a city festival of new artworks by outstanding local, national and international artists whose practice is based in public engagement. It took place in Leeds from 13 - 23 November 2014 and was enjoyed by almost 6,000 people. (5,837)



Compass 2014 had three main strands:

Several major works and commissions in Leeds venues and around the city.
Reckless Sleepers, Helen Cole, Invisible Flock, Quarantine, Forced Entertainment, Kings of England - More information here

A series of durational pieces around the city free to the public selected from a national call out
Brian Lobel, Simon Persighetti and Katie Etheridge, Jade Pollard-Crowe, Selina Thompson, Oliver Bray, Sylvia Rimat, Rita Marcalo - More information here

Free late platform of emerging work
Curated by Adam Young/Live Art Bistro - More information here


We created 16 partnerships including: Opera North projects; Yorkshire Dance, [email protected], West Yorkshire Playhouse, Gallery Munro House, Leeds City Council, Trinity Leeds, Merrion Centre, Leeds Kirkgate Markets, Grand Theatre 42 New Briggate, Everyman Cinema, Leeds City Art Gallery, Left Bank, Union 105 Chapeltown Road, Headingley Hall elderly care home, Holy Trinity Church/Nurture Café. The quality of liaison and management of these partnerships was exceptional with every partner impressed with the festival and happy to work with us again.


Without a doubt one of the triumphs of the festival was the Young Producers scheme that ran from July to the end of the festival. The programme involved workshops with the AD and Producer on budgeting, venue liaison, artistic selection and marketing. As well as visits to festival partners, artists and funders The Producers chose and were allocated particular artists/projects to support. They became hands on producers liaising with artists and venues, sourcing materials, organising  and supporting volunteers. Their confidence and efficacy grew rapidly and they became an invaluable (couldn’t have done it without them) part of the festival delivery.


A festival publication supported by Live Art UK will be available March 2015