Pavilion was founded in 1983 by graduates from the Department of Fine Art at the University of Leeds. It opened in a disused park pavilion on Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, as the UK’s first Women’s Photography Centre. Over ten years, it ran a programme of events, exhibitions and educational activity that sought to enable new democratic structures, art practices and radical social change. While no longer a women’s centre, Pavilion’s programme continues to be inspired by the organisation’s founding aims. The first decade of Pavilion’s activity is housed within the Feminist Archive North at the University of Leeds.