Ey Up Kerry Harker

With The Tetley celebrating its 5th birthday on Nov 28, I had the pleasure of catching up with one of its co-founders, and long-time Leeds art advocate Kerry Harker. Since first becoming an art student in 2005, many of the artist-led projects Kerry has initiated and run since that time have been hugely influential and significant in my own development as an artist - but far more importantly, have contributed hugely to the cultural landscape of the city itself.

Speaking about her time as an art student and early-career artist, from the complexities of being in the New Contemporaries to the valuable support received by East Street Arts’ DECAP programme, Kerry reflects on how these experiences fed into moving on to more curatorial artist-led activity, and the incredibly steep learning curve involved. We also hear about her PhD research into the history of artist-led activity, establishing the East Leeds Project to further support artistic activity outside the city centre, and why it's difficult to both change and stay the same.