History - Space2

Est. 2003.

Space2 has established itself as a respected and trusted arts organisation responding to local need and Citywide and national strategies to redress inequality across many manifestations.

During the last decade our work has been recognised through a number of awards and accolades. Including:

  • Love Arts Festival Judge’s Choice Award 2014 – shortlist
  • Love Arts Festival Judge’s Choice Award 2013 – shortlist
  • Love Arts Festival Judge’s Choice Award 2011
  • Leeds Health Living Grant Celebratory Award 2009 – Exceptional Programme Management
  • Mentor UK Champ Awards Certificate of Distinction 2008
  • Yorkshire Women of Achievement Unsung Heroines Award 2008 – shortlist

Over the past 2 years, the organisation has worked hard to ensure that the quality of its work is verified and endorsed. Ithas achieved a number of Quality Assurance awards including:

  • Investors in People
  • Clubs for Young People Quality Mark
  • Compact for Leeds Volunteering Good Practice Kitemark

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Other key achievements recently have included

  • Recipe for Life, our arts and health showcase has become a staple of the West Yorkshire Playhouse Open Season
  • attracting an audience of over 600 with almost 200 professional and community performers
  • Hosting our first Visual Art Exhibition at Inkwell
  • Commissioning dance works from Choreographers Gary Clarke and Douglas  Thorpe of Mad Dog Dance Theatre.  Performed
  • at our Recipe for Life show and performances in London and Manchester
  • Commissioning two one woman shows – Suitcase by Michelle Scally Clarke and Fix This by Emma Adams addressing issues of mental health stigma and self harm with and for young people.  The shows tour in to schools and youth settings
  • Research Partner a number of research projects working with Leeds Universities, NHS Leeds, Bradford and York, Smoke Free Yorkshire and Humber and Leeds Community Nurses Team
  • In 2012 Space2 were awarded the commission by Leeds City Council to lead the community contribution to one of only 4 national, Coca Cola sponsored large scale Olympic Torch events. The result was a 240 strong community choir, 50 of the City’s best young dancers, 7 young poets and a poet in residence. Not to mention 2012 volunteer dancers creating a mass dance moment seen by thousands through the television links

A Brief History

Initially created as part of a Space for Sports and Arts Initiative, and originally named, Space@Bracken Edge, it sat within a primary school in Chapeltown. It led an Extended Services cluster for several years, an expansion in its remit which resulted in the name Space2.The organisation recognised the role the arts can play in disadvantaged communities with adults as well as young people across a number of pressing social agendas and secured a Public Health Service Level Agreement in 2010. Space2 has also built good partnerships with the mental health and wellbeing sector in the City over the past two years, becoming members of Volition, the voluntary sector mental health alliance, in 2011.



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