At Artist House 45, the live/work position that artists Toby Lloyd and Andrew Wilson find themselves in, gives East St. arts a central nodal point in the Beeston area of Leeds. Where previously, the area itself is split from Patrick Studios by physical barriers (such as the M621), Artist House 45 acts as the agent and allows the ethos and values of East St. Arts to spread across both physical and social boundaries. The aim of the project is to engage through community activity, a socially engaged campaign.
Throughout a tour of the building, evidence of community engagement is evident. We were shown articles written by the pair in the local community newspaper. The articles topics tend to cover local controversies that effect local people. It is a way of engaging with the neighbourhood in a way that the Patrick Studio artists couldn’t possibly achieve without living there.