Kirklees Council Market Art Space Scoops National Award

Our markets team have scooped the award for ‘Innovation of the Year’ at this year’s annual National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) conference.

Working together

Traders at Queensgate Market have been working in partnership with our Creative Economy Team and the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield. Together they have created a new initiative in Huddersfield’s indoor market called Temporary Contemporary. The project converts vacant stalls into contemporary art gallery spaces.

This working partnership and new approach to arts and visual culture programming is what has won recognition from NABMA.

More to come

The initiative launched earlier this year and is now moving to a full programme of exhibits. Different market spaces will be offering a diverse range of exhibitions. The project is also bringing new partners to the Temporary Contemporary initiative to grow arts and creativity within the market.

Cllr Turner said;

“Temporary Contemporary project started as a pilot that both supports the University to showcase the talent and creativity they have to offer, as well as attracting new audiences to the market.

It is great to see that Kirklees is being recognised for being brave in supporting and developing new approaches to our cultural offer.

Despite times being tough we will continue to innovate and work with partners in making Kirklees a more vibrant and exciting place to live, work and invest in for our residents”.

Cllr McBride echoed this sentiment and said:

“Our markets team continually strive to develop, grow and push the boundaries at what a market should be, and how its role is changing in a time. Where the high street in all towns up and down the country are in decline, this is another example where they continue to lead the way”.

Everyone’s a winner

For the university, this is an important project. It provides a great opportunity to showcase the research talent and creativity of staff and students. It also allows them to further engage with creative arts and visual culture, both locally and globally. It is hoped that Temporary Contemporary will become a hub for existing arts organisations, networks, creative businesses and exhibition projects. The team are looking forward to building on the future potential for the market to house a diverse programme of events in collaboration with new and existing partners.

Mike Kagioglou, Dean of the School of Art, Design and Architecture said;

“To receive an award from NABMA is brilliant and totally unexpected! It is testament to the efforts and close partnership working of those delivering the project, and how our staff working alongside the council and traders can open up new creative conversations and opportunities for Huddersfield”

Want to see for yourselves?

To see the exhibition come on down to the Queensgate Market or have a look at the page on the university’s website.

One comment

  • I can’t believe an award has been given for markets in the Kirklees area, or are we just talking about the wonderful Huddersfield. As a resident of Gomersal I would like to point out that the market in Heckmondwike is now non existent, the market in Dewsbury is almost extinct and there is a small indoor market in Cleckheaton. In fact the who,e town of Heckmondwike may as well shut down, which is only a matter of time, as there is simply nothing to go there for. Markets, banks, building societies and shops have disappeared and the fronts of the shops there are in desparate need of rare. My only reason for visiting is to dispose of unwanted possessions to the local charity shop as it is so depressing. Gone are the days when it was a real pleasure to visit every weekend to do our shopping.

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