Seiko Kinoshita and John Thatcher

Yorkshire Artspace artists Seiko Kinoshita and John Thatcher have been commissioned to make furniture pieces for The Tetley's Learning Studio in Leeds Learning Gallery in the Tetley.  A textile designer and furniture designer respectively, they have collaborated several times previously on mixed media projects.

The final design, developed in collaboration with The Tetley Curatorial team, brings the space to life incorporating flexible seating and worksurfaces as well as a range of storage solutions and display systems relevant to the wide variety of practical activities that will take place in the Learning Studio. The newly designed space launched earlier this month.

John and Seiko say of their work: “Our aim is to provide a creative and stimulating environment which is also a comfortable and practical place in which to hold a workshop for up to 30 people. Through reflecting on The Tetley’s artistic programme, we designed bespoke furniture that looks both contemporary and somewhat like abstract sculpture.”

The development of the Learning Studio has been supported by The Kirkby Foundation, The Sir George Martin Trust, Arts Council England and Leeds City Council.