The Barber Shop

Barbershop turned Arthouse becomes a new cultural centre in the city.

The Barbershop project sought to identify a space in the city with huge potential. This pop-up uses urban artwork and collaboration to turn the quiet establishment into somewhat of an urban legend on a shoe-string budget. It all began with a piece of artwork produced by me in exchange for a quick trim at this barbershop in Kirkgate, Leeds. At first glance, few would even recognise that the place was active. A mix of A4 home printed signs and a make-shift interior was all that the public had to draw them into the space. We were drawn to the space by it’s one defining feature.. Tony. The barbershops owner has mad film trivia skills and a collection to rival IMDB, anyone who we have spoken to at the barbers can’t seem to speak enough about the atmosphere and sheer banter guaranteed at this joint. We saw an opportunity to use the raw character of the historic building, it’s original faded timber sign panel and unfinished interior to reflect the independent arts in Leeds. We had the vision to transform a quiet and inactive space into something fresh in the city. The space features bold colours, original artwork, prints and upcycled furniture. The real value of the space comes into play when creatives start to collaborate within the space and create a new sort of environment in the city. The barbershop project will play host to the first of many #spatialjams, spaces for poetry, live art and performance in unexpected and new spaces in the city.

Collaborators: Barber Shop

Location: Leeds

Status: Exhibited

This refurbishment sought to create a new urban centre within the city. A project by Sam Kapasa
A Barber shop turned arthouse, designed by Sam Kapasa

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