Projects Archives - Space2


Clear Out Your Closet

Clear Out Your Closet is a series of creative activities, poetry writing, social support and signposting led by acclaimed poet Michelle Scally Clarke. Participants explore their own thoughts and feelings to help let go of the past and move forward.

Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:30am

20th June – 22nd August

At Space2

The Old Fire Station

Gipton Approach


Contact Emma Goodway: for more information and to book a place


Many Happy Returns

Space2 is delighted to announce that it has received a Heritage Lottery grant to run a project which celebrates the 70th birthday of the National Health Service (NHS).

This year-long project will take place in the east and north east of the city and will collect

memories and personal stories of life and health both before and after the establishment of the NHS in 1948.

The aim of the project is to create an exhibition which will tour to three Leeds libraries, culminating in a display at The Old Fire Station in Gipton, where Space2 is based.

Look out for bunting making workshops over the summer, where you can share your NHS story.  We will also be visiting local groups in the autumn with our tea, cake and conversations workshops.  We hope to discover your stories to share and find volunteers who would like to help curate the final exhibition.  Training will be given, so no experience is necessary.  If you are interested in taking part, get in touch.

Local people will be involved in the creation of a book documenting 12 of the stories collected, with photographs of the contributors; three banners, crafted in traditional Trade Union style; four hospital screens printed with collages of stories, memories, quotes and photographs; and an appliquéd chair decorated with the quotes and memories collected.  A digital collection of stories and the resources made will also be available.

We hope to record those whose voices have yet to be heard, for whom the NHS was, and still is, a life saver; people who came from all over the world to support its implementation and are part of its skilled and diverse workforce today.

For further information about Space2’s ‘Many Happy Returns’ project contact Dawn Fuller on or 0113 320 159 ext 2



First of Many!

Join us for a fun day of making and creating for all the family at Space2 at The Old Fire Station in Gipton.

Space2c has been working with Wykeback and St Nicholas Catholic Primary school children and DIY People in Action group who have amazed us with their colourful avatar creations. Now it’s your turn! Lets make a masterpiece for Gipton and fill The Old Fire Station with colour.

Everyone is welcome and don’t worry if you haven’t done any arts and crafts in a while. We have staff and volunteers on hand to encourage you. And remember, it’s taking part that counts!

The Slate Cafe will be open with their delicious refreshments and we will be running a growing workshop and there will be a 20p jumble sale.

For more information please contact Jelena via email on or call 0113 320 0159



Jeans Whose Genes?

Jeans Whose Genes ? Written by Michelle Scally Clarke

The project is about communicating key messages about genomic medicine, to raise awareness  and the relevance to diagnosis and treatment now and in the future.
So far the play has aired at The Bangladeshi Centre in conjunction with Shantona and at Feel Good Factor in Chapeltown.
We are taking bookings in the last week in September and first week in October 2018.

 A host needs provide:

  • A place to perform

  • An audience.

“If you‘ve never heard of Genomes… don’t worry; its all in the jeans, I mean genes! And once you know it might help your health now or in the future. Find out how at our show – its full of information and laughs – yes it really is funny! So join us and learn exactly how Genomes – your Genomes – might help you, your friends and family.”

If you have any questions please contact


New Groups and Weekly Activities


Get Moving (term-time only) 9.30am-10.30am, Gentle exercise for all. Space2, The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, LS9 6NL. Starts Monday 16th April Contact / 0113 320 0159 to book a place

Craft Club – (term time only) 10.45am – 12pm, Space2, The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, LS9 6NL. Starts Monday 16th April Contact / 0113 320 0159 to book a place


Chat and Create (6 week course)10.30am – 12pm, Creative arts for all, Space2, The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, LS9 6NL. Starts Tuesday 19th June Contact / 0113 320 0159 to book a place

Fork to Fork (term-time only) 10am – 12pm, Food growing and cooking project The Church of Epiphany, 227 Beech Lane, Leeds LS9 6SW Contact / 0113 320 0159 for more information


Headspace (7 week course) 12.30pm – 2.30pm, Beat Stress! Get Motivated! Space2, The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, LS9 6NL. Starts Wednesday 18th April / 0113 320 0159 to book a place

Fork to Fork (term-time only) 10am-12pm, Food growing and cooking project. ARK, Hovingham Avenue, LS8 3QY.Contact / 0113 320 0159

Clear Out Your Closet (10 week course) 9.30am – 11.30am, Creative writing and poetry Space2, The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, LS9 6NL. Starts Wednesday 19th June / 0113 320 0159 to book a place


Get Walking (term-time only) 9.30am-10.30am,Gentle exercise for all. Space2, The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, LS9 6NL. Starts Thursday 19th April Contact / 0113 320 0159 to book a place

Gipton Growers (term-time only) 11am – 12.30pm Space2, The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, LS9 6NL. Starts Thursday 19th April Contact / 0113 320 0159 to book a place

Social Connector (1.30pm – 2.30pm or 2.30pm – 3.30pm) 1-2-1 sessions to support with health and wellbeing. Appointment only.  Contact Sally Nutman on 07503 002595 to book an appointment


I am… Space2 and Thorpe Primary School Project

Walk up the road to Thorpe Primary School and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were approaching the edge of the world – a hop, skip and jump from the school gates is the thundering, shuddering roar of the motorway. Once inside the lovely old redbrick school, though, the deep hum of engines is replaced by the wonderful high-pitched chatter of children, coming and going through the open library that sits in the centre of the building. It’s in here – and across the adjacent classrooms and hallways – that Space2 with 5 artists and 3 final year dance students from Leeds City College have come to set up camp with the children to make, create, dance and sing; to shout to the rest of the world about this little-known corner of West Yorkshire.

The ‘I Am’ project has been set up to help give the children at Thorpe a creative voice, a voice that tells its stories in all sorts of different ways. There are shoeboxes packed with memories and tales, dances and poems swapping words and movement across the corridors, bird boxes to fill the surrounding trees with chatter and songs to annoy the much-loved caretaker! And all of this noise, these words, movements and colour, all start with the phrase “I am” and will be celebrated with an exhibition across the school and 2 performance in March.

I am me, I am here, we are Thorpe Primary School. Expect this collective ‘I Am’ to be louder than the roar of the traffic, louder than the caretaker’s bellow, loud enough to be heard from Wakefield to Leeds!

Written by Boff Whalley


All the children of Thorp Primary School

Michelle Scally Clarke

Boff Whalley

Jane Morland

Alan Pergusey

Jelena Zindovic

Tori Partridge

Courtney Osullivan

Laura O’Brien


Partners : Thorpe Primary School and Leeds City College



People in Leeds are coming together to change how we think and act about mental health

Leeds is one of the first Time to Change hubs in England, a new partnership of local organisations and mental health champions committed to improving local attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.

Time to Change Leeds is led by the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board and is a partnership between Space2,  Leeds City Council,  Leeds Mind (and Mindful Employer), Touchstone and West Yorkshire Police, as well as local Time to Change champions and regional co-ordinators.


The Time to Change Leeds Hub believe that people with their own experience of mental health problems (also known as lived experience) should be leading activity around combating stigma and discrimination experienced by those with mental health problems.

If you are passionate about ending mental health stigma, and would like to be involved in the Hub, you can find out more and sign up to be a Champion at

Champions Fund

World Mental Health Day  the Champions Fund was launched. Champions in Leeds will be able to apply for up to £500 to fund anti-stigma activities in their own communities using social contact. Find out what social contact is?.

Want to apply for the Champion Fund but need some help with ideas?

Find more information and details on how to apply for the Champions Fund or contact


This Campaign has ended. No more pledges can be made.