The Temporary Contemporary initiative is a partnership project of Queensgate Market, Kirklees Council and the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield.

Situated within Grade II listed Queensgate Market, Temporary Contemporary provides a platform for original and inspirational exhibitions, performances and research. Contributors to the first year of the programme included university lecturers, artists, local artisan producers, musicians, students and young people.

Beneath the ‘mushroom columns’ of the market’s modern architecture, the initiative functions as a cultural hub and a test bed for creative production, collaboration and situated curatorial practice. Beyond Queensgate Market, it operates as a catalyst for culture in Huddersfield.

Temporary Contemporary prompts conversations about place-based-making, public engagement and cultural and mixed ecologies. The ‘cultural ecologies’ concept, as outlined in the Arts and Humanities Research Council report The Ecology of Culture, includes everything around art and culture, including people, places, relationships, technology, food and drink. ‘Mixed ecologies’ extends this idea to interrogate how different artistic and non-artistic disciplines develop and negotiate with each other.

Many of the exhibitions and displays in the first year of the Temporary Contemporary initiative have explored cultural and mixed ecologies directly. Temporary Contemporary supports the students and staff of the School of Art, Design and Architecture in their mission to articulate complex relationships, promote creativity, engage communities and solve problems.


Listen to podcast episodes featuring artists and researchers associated with Temporary Contemporary

Temporary Contemporary programme


Research exhibitions

The Market Gallery within Queensgate Market hosts research exhibitions delivered by research staff and postgraduate students from the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield.


Creative spaces

Temporary Contemporary enlivens vacant spaces in Queensgate market as venues for music, visual art presentations, interventions, projects led by entrepreneurs and artisans, and the creative practices of young people from Huddersfield.


Cultures of Place

Cultures of Place is a celebratory showcase of exhibitions, installations, performances, workshops, podcasts, talks and discussion about place, taking place 24th June - 4th July 2022.

Temporary Contemporary: Creating vibrant spaces to support the conditions for creative and cultural activity

This is the first book that documents and reflects on an aspect of the Temporary Contemporary initiative. This book provides one contribution to the many discussions about the role of culture in towns and cities. 


The Temporary Contemporary launched in 2018. It is an ongoing project shaped by a board comprising Kath Davies Economic Resilience Project Manager for Kirklees Council, Chris Cotton Markets Manager for Kirklees Council, Professor Donal Fitzpatrick, School of Art and Communication at the University of Huddersfield, Professor Nic Clear, School of Architecture and 3D design at the University of Huddersfield and Dr Rowan Bailey, Head of Postgraduate Studies, Art, Design and Archicture University of Huddersfield.

Temporary Contemporary is grateful for the support of the external advisory board comprising Helen Pheby, Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park,  Derek Horton, Artist, Writer, Curator and Consultant, the Directors of HATCH, Natalie Walton and Alison McIntyre, and Natalie Rudd, Senior Curator Arts Council Collection.

Temporary Contemporary happenings are sponsored by Magic Rock Brewery


Cultures of Sound

Cultures of Sound is the School of Arts & Humanities' contribution to Kirklees Year of Music, showcasing innovative collaborations and boundary-pushing experiments in sound by out researchers and staff.