CLAY is a centre for artworks that test boundaries and artists whose practice is hard to define. CLAY supports risk, experimentation and interdisciplinary artwork. 

Established in August 2019, CLAY is building and evolving the legacy of Live Art Bistro. 
CLAY has a bold ambition to be an Art Centre for Live and Interdisciplinary artwork. A building that provides space for artists to take risks in and experiment.

We work with artists with both emerging and established practices. As a touring venue and a space to make art and performance.

CLAY is:
- An experimental space
- A home for interdisciplinary artists
- A northern hub for live art

- Affordable working and making space for artists

- A space for professional and artistic development

- An arts venue, a bar, a social space

- A Centre for Live Art

If you want to support our bold vision go to our Membership page. 
Looking for a contemporary warehouse-style space to hire for an event? See our hire page.



Artistic Director: Jessica Sweet (she/her)
Office Administrator: Fern George (they/them)

Compnay Co-Ordinator: Marie Koehl (she/her)
Freelance Technical Manager: Charlotte Woods (she/her)

Studio Members:

Matt Sykes Hooban

154 Collective

The Grief Series

Reetso, Ben Mills & Verity Moon

Tess Seddon & Charley Miles

Age of The

Matt Allen & Lydia Cottrell

Friends and Partners:

East Street Arts

Live Art UK

Leeds Playhouse

Compass Festival


Leeds International Festival


CLAY formed after the closure of Live Art Bistro (LAB) which ran 2012 - 2019. LAB was founded by Indivisible (Becki Griffiths & Adam Young) and

Testing The Razor. In 2014 Matt Allen joined, followed by Jessica Sweet in 2015. LAB ran as a three-person curatorial team until 2019 when Live Art Bistro closed and CLAY was set up. In 2020 Matt left and Jessica took the reins leading the company 

Please see the Live Art Bistro Archive >HERE<

 Photo Credit Danny Marsh

Clay: Centre for Live Art Yorkshire trading as Live Art Bistro Ltd
2019 CLAY, Regent Street, Leeds, LS27QA        hello@liveartleeds.com

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