Leeds students to create 'window art' for empty shops
Leeds City Council has launched a competition in which local art and design students will design window art to brighten up vacant retail space in outer Leeds shopping areas.
'Metamorphosis', 'Challenge', 'Optimism', 'Community' and 'Fantasy' are just some of the key words in the new ‘A Window of Opportunity’ competition where young creatives from Leeds College of Art and Leeds Metropolitan University are being invited to create designs representing retail spaces of the future.
The competition, which has been launched in partnership with design agency Definitive Creative and signage manufacturer New Concept Signs, has been devised to tackle vacant retail space in parts of outer east and south Leeds.
The winning designs will be unveiled at a pop-up gallery at the Crossgates Shopping Centre on 19 March where all entries will be displayed until 23 March.
"A Window of Opportunity is a great way of rejuvenating local shopping areas that have been hit by the current economic downturn," said Leeds City Council Leader Cllr Keith Wakefield. "These designs really brighten up the local area and I hope it encourages local businesses to re-think the use of the space."
Crossgates Centre Manager, David Coultard added: "It’s great to see local students getting involved in a project that supports the retail landscape in east Leeds and surrounding areas. The submissions have been really impressive and the centre is proud to be hosting such an innovative initiative."
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