Christmas With Us

Central Square Leeds
David Shearing’s immersive experience, set in a 4x4 box, offers a moment of stillness in the midst of festive chaos, inviting you to take a seat at the table, enjoy a moment of reflection and share an intimate conversation over warm soup. Sited in Central Square Building on Wellington Street, the installation houses festive dining scenes acted out by Heydays volunteer group. The box will capture unique scenes of festive humanity throughout the season.
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Christmas With Us
Christmas With Us

Shearing, the award-winning artist and creator of “The Weather Café”, is interested in how audiences and communities engage physically and conceptually with design and installation art, creating art and performance installations using sound, video and participatory elements.

As an artist who creates immersive, multimedia environments, his “Christmas With Us” installation creates a festive dining scene in a box space; an installation shaped by the people it contains. It presents us with the diverse stories of those living in and around Leeds, as Heydays members (West Yorkshire Playhouse) host members of the wider community within the installation and its experience.

Some showings will include one-on-one conversations whilst some will be larger scenes. Despite the communal glow, Christmas is an extremely personal time, which can be filled with both joys and difficulties. “Christmas With Us” is a chance to share in some of these more personal experiences.

Christmas With Us” expects to serve 1500-2000 hot soups over the Advent period.
Betty is the oldest participant who has contributed to the project, at 90 years old!
Central Square is a newly finished, £100million development near to the train station, complete with a ‘sky garden’.
David Shearing won a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship in 2014, producing “The Weather Machine” (2015) in partnership with West Yorkshire Playhouse and [email protected] In 2013 his work won the World Stage Design award for best installation design.
Also in Central Square is Jo Fairfax’s permanent light sculpture, which illuminates Central Square at different times of night in response to the weather.
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