Working from a broad and eclectic knowledge and passion for contemporary culture, we are committed to coming up with great, ambitious but realisable ideas that will intrigue and delight you and your intended audience, users or customers. Our projects will get people talking, raise your profile, enhance your image and get you meeting and communicating with new people – or the same people in a different way.
Culture is always changing, the boundaries between art, design, culture and media are closer together than ever before and new forms are emerging. Our vision is a society which sees no particular merit in the division between the serious world of `work` and the world of creative activity, leisure time and experience. In a changing and challenging world we need new approaches to animate places, spaces and opportunities. All of us need to be refreshed and inspired; there are times when we all need more than the everyday.
As well as working on commissions for clients, we are committed to researching and initiating our own projects. This enables us to work with creative practitioners whose work is particularly boundary pushing, forge new partnerships with organisations and potential collaborators seek out interesting locations and develop new opportunities.
Nicola Stephenson and a group of talented Associates operate as The Culture Company. We pick and mix the people and our services according to the challenge and requirements of each project.
Our Core Services:
A Grand Weekend at The Corn Exchange: 27th and 28th July
Getting ready to twirl our moustaches and rustle our bustles as we work with Anita Morris Associates on the not to be missed A Grand Weekend; an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the wonderful Corn Exchange in Leeds.
We are thinking playful Victoriana, a pop-up museum of taxidermy, a gin palace, a `stick your head through` prop designed by the wonderful Lord Whitney, magical photographer, Simon Warner’s display of Victorian Optical Delights, a Victoria(n) Cake Competition to be judged by Lynn of the Clandestine Cake Club and Brian, Head Baker of Anthonys, an art exhibition, a street food market by some of the most delicious members of Northern Street Foods, beautiful flowers by The Perfumed Garden. It’s going to be good….
New art commissions:
Just started working on the public art programme of commissions for a brand new shopping site, Monks Cross Vangarde in York. New shops, yes, John Lewis, Marks and Spencers (with their own living green wall apparently), but not an indoor site, all outdoors, so not your usual shopping mall by any means.
The developer is committed to retaining the historic hedgerows and ponds, and when they arrived the site was occupied by 300 Great Crested Newts. A species apparently rare in Europe, but less so here, where they found 300 of the little chaps and each one had to be carefully caught and re-located…
We were delighted to hear that Impressions Gallery has been awarded a lottery grant of £96,000 to tour Red Saunder’s Hidden project (see our Projects section) to take this high quality art exhibition to children in schools throughout Bradford as part of Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme. Hidden features large-scale photographs of momentous, yet often overlooked, events in British history, which are full of rich detail to spark the imagination of children and young people. It has strong links to national curriculum subjects including History, English and Art, and an extensive education programme will accompany the tour. This will include a creative project bringing together children, their families to create artwork about local ‘hidden histories’.
Hidden was commissioned by The Culture Company and Impressions Gallery and was originally shown at Impressions Gallery in 2011 as part of Ways of Looking international photography festival.
We’ve worked with a huge range of clients from the public and the private sector. Sometimes we respond to tenders and briefs from clients and sometimes we take our own project ideas and present them to potential clients. The Culture Company strongly believes in working across sectors and will often act as the catalyst to the development of extremely interesting and innovative partnerships. We are well connected and always bring the best team and the most appropriate partners to the table.
“The Culture Company thinks collaboratively and works with passion. On the series of projects we have made together, The Culture Company has always supported Opera North’s aims sensitively and with great understanding. At the same time they have encouraged us into new adventures and innovations, through which we have together created a unique and groundbreaking body of original work.”
Dominic Gray, Director of Opera North Projects
Who sits in a chair like this? The Culture Company office, Leeds. Photograph by Simon Murray for Culture Vulture
This is the home of The Culture Company…LG3 STUDIO. We like to think it’s Yorkshire answer to a NY Loft apartment, obviously just as groovy as anything New York can muster and yet, unlike NYC, very handy for Leeds Train Station and all points north, south, east and west.
The Culture Company
Studio LG3 Aire Street Workshops,
30-34 Aire Street Workshops, Leeds LS1 4HT
Tel: +44 (0) 113 244 4130