“MAP Charity are looking to provide a replicable model resolving the tension between regeneration and the support, retention and preservation of the existing strengths of an area and the community within it. This is an important project for our city, and ever more relevant in the light of Leeds’ cultural aspirations.”
Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council
Hope Foundry is MAP Charity’s current home of ten years. In October 2019, we purchased the building following a two-year-long campaign.
Today, we have a bold new vision. We want to transform Hope Foundry into a space where everyone can access the creative arts – opening new facilities in 2022 that will benefit the entire community. This will allow for MAP Charity’s impact to be amplified: reaching new and wider audiences, beyond its core alternative education provision, while positively contributing to the local economy.
Built in 1831, Hope Foundry is a stunning Grade II-listed building with a longstanding history of making, creating and inventing as part of Leeds’ proud industrial heritage. With the support of the public, we will continue that legacy: building a kitchen, café, roof-garden, studios, co-working, event, gallery and retail spaces whilst expanding the charity’s central provision for young people.
Our plan is to create a single site with multiple uses that directly feeds back into the common goal of advancement of future generations – particularly for those with less opportunities to pursue creative paths.
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