Vacant Shop Unit, Leeds Shopping Plaza

Vacant Unit, Leeds Shopping Plaza. Photograph: Derek Horton.

COPY // understudy
The Plaza Principle, Leeds, 21-31 October 2010.

Deadline 11th October 2010

We invite contributions for the forthcoming edition, which will be presented at The Plaza Principle, an exhibition curated by Derek Horton and Chris Bloor at the vacant TK Maxx unit in Leeds Shopping Plaza.

The Plaza Principle will present work by a range of emerging and more established artists, and welcomes reflection on the site, a partially vacant 1980s plaza scheduled for demolition,and the economic context where by artists are being invited to occupy vacant shop units to disguise or compensate for economic decline in the nations town, city and district centres.

We welcome submissions of writing as or around critical practice or page/image based works with a critical / textual element for COPY // understudy – standing in, examined, inquired or performed; temporary, theoretical or illusory. Response to this theme and wider exhibition context may be loose more direct, limited to 2000 words / 4 A4 pages. Please send submissions by email to by 11th October 2010.

COPY will be distributed at regional and national locations following the exhibition and available online. For more information contact