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.


Pavilion’s original gallery and workspace on Woodhouse Moor, Leeds, early 1990s (photographer unknown)

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