Threads, a Market Mis-Guide to Leeds Kirkgate Market
part of Personal Shopper: Cornucopia! with Kate Etheridge and Simon Persighetti at Compass Festival 2016.
Inspired by my own visits to the market as a small child, and other interactions with markets over the years, Threads shows why markets are part of my personal history.
The tour interweaves my stories and memories with those of the people I meet along the way, as a way to explore peoples’ connections to the market and to each other.
The walk explores the market through my personal stories and experiences, and invites the participants to share some of their own along the way. To do this I use a ball of thread, which I unravel as we walk, and tie knots in to remember each story as it unfolds.
I’d like you to think about all the people that have walked through the doors of the market hall since its completion in 1857.
What kinds of things would they buy, and how big a part would the market play in their daily lives?
Bear this in mind as we start our journey.
Now stand and think about the first time you ever came to a market, who was it with? What sounds, smells, sights and tastes do you remember?
My first trip to the market was with my Nan when I was about 7yrs old, and I mostly remember trying really hard not to throw up, because I felt so queasy on the bus. But as soon as we walked through the doors I completely forgot about it – there was so much to see…
From eating tripe from a brown paper bag and watching an automated monkey somersaulting over a bar at the fruit and veg stall; to teenage rebellion and customising your clothes – this walk takes the you from childhood to the present day. Raising questions about how we use markets now and why they are such an important part of our social history.
‘Threads was a real highlight for me, such a generous and warm piece, that genuinely engaged its audience in a way that sparked memories and associations from audience members of all ages and diverse geographical backgrounds. Your personal stories and memories were beautifully woven into a journey through the living market, stitching a narrative that celebrates all markets, and our lifelong relationship with these special places of trade, community, and continuity.’
ETHERIDGE & PERSIGHETTI PERSONAL SHOPPER
Fri 11 – Sat 19 Nov, 9am-5pm | Tours at various times
In the sensory labyrinth of Leeds Kirkgate Market, Personal Shopper: Cornucopia! is the market in microcosm, a 21st Century Still Life of fruit, fish, textiles, jewellery, frying pans, friends and experiences. Offering a pick-and-mix selection of micro tours led by local shoppers, traders, market enthusiasts and mis-guides, Katie and Simon invite you to navigate the Market through a series of idiosyncratic Personal Shopper tours where poetic, playful and practical insights are intertwined with personal histories, individual passions, and lived experiences. http://compassliveart.org.uk/festival/events/personal-shopper1H
Personal Shopper: Cornucopia! was the final part of a 3 year project exploring and celebrating the rich network of relationships between shoppers, traders and goods in Leeds Kirkgate Market. For Compass Festival 2016, Personal Shopper manifest as a stall where you can shop for experiences, rather than things, offering a pick-and-mix selection of micro market tours led by shoppers, traders, market enthusiasts and Mis-Guides. https://katieetheridge.com/portfolio/personal-shopper/
images by Etheridge/Persighetti & Alessi©2016