About Threshold



Threshold is an independent artist-led space for exhibitions of sculpture in Leeds, located in the front garden of a traditional back-to-back house in Burley. Our open air exhibitions are open and free to all. Threshold is a relaxed space for experimentation, playfulness and engaging with sculpture in everyday situations.

Our programme aims to provide a unique test space for artists to experiment with their work in the open air, providing opportunities for artists to take risks and meet new challenges of situating work.

We encourage artists and visitors to explore and consider the context of the exhibition space; what it means to be on the threshold between public and private, exposed and intimate.

Threshold’s unique site and setting provides a rich contextual opportunity for exhibiting artists, but it can also present many new challenges in terms of material consideration of the work and installation.

Threshold is proudly based in Burley which is an inner-city borough of Leeds. We are passionate and inspired by the area’s working class, industrial heritage which is largely characterised by red brick back-to-back Victorian terraces which once housed mill workers in the 19th Century who worked in numerous mills along the River Aire. Founder and curator, Julia McKinlay works closely with exhibiting artists to explore how this specific context can be explored or responded to within the work.

Threshold was founded in 2020 by Leeds-based artist and curator Julia McKinlay, as a direct response and practical solution to some of the challenges she experienced as an early-career artist trying to find a suitable and reliable venue to situate work in the region.

Threshold is supported by an advisory group @georgiatayloraguilar @clayebowler and @meghangoodeve. Our first year of programming, is thanks to funding from @aceagrams@leedsinspired @eaststreetarts@curatorspace @_indexfestival