Leeds Corn Exchange Celebrates Map Charity's Community Day


On Saturday 1st of December, Leeds Corn Exchange is hosting MAP Charity’s Community day; an afternoon of guest speakers, food, artwork and music. This event is an opportunity for the public to meet the charity’s hard working staff and volunteers and learn more about the organisation’s vision for transforming the Hope Foundry — MAP Charity’s long-term base in Mabgate.

Raf Bogan, Communications Manager at MAP says: “We believe that our vision for the Hope Foundry project is vital not only for MAP Charity and the young people we work with, but for the city as a whole. Community Day will be a great opportunity to meet the team behind the project, but also see visually our plans as well as our impact on our local community.”

He adds: “Our vision is also about protecting Leeds heritage so it's an honour to host our Community Day at the iconic Corn Exchange, a building with a rich history of its own. The Corn Exchange have been a wonderful partner and have been incredibly supportive and accommodating. MAP Charity champions the handmade, DIY and independent arts and craft so our ethos and approach goes hand in hand with the Corn Exchange!”

The Map Charity Community Day is just one of many community-based collaborations that Leeds Corn Exchange has taken part in during 2018. In October, the iconic building hosted a week-long contemporary art exhibition for Black History Month in partnership with Leeds Arts University. The space has also been home to several workshops and exhibitions as part of Leeds Beckett University product design and fashion courses, and will be the host for the Retail Institute Student Design competition in April next year.

Adam Warner, Centre Manager at Leeds Corn Exchange says: “The MAP community day event is a fantastic opportunity for Leeds Corn Exchange to show its support for the creative community in Leeds, as well as the charity’s Hope Foundry campaign. The partnership with MAP Charity is the latest one in a year which has seen Leeds Corn Exchange reach out into the wider community, having successfully run initiatives with University of Leeds, Leeds Arts University and Leeds Beckett University.”

On Saturday December 15th, Leeds Corn Exchange will also be launching their partnership with Leeds Playhouse, hosting a free, festive family day involving performances, workshops and music.

Jennifer Lee O'Brien