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External partner event

Decommissioning an Icon of the North: ‘Light’ Neville Street, Leeds 2009-22

A MAAP & Partners Production

Sable Studio, Leeds, UK

Concept drawing for Light Neville Street.

Join MAAP & Partners at Sable Studios in Leeds for a re-staging of ‘A Light and Sound Transit’, a major public art installation, with artist Hans Peter Kuhn, architect Irena Bauman, and project partners in conversation.

For over a decade, the interplay of light and sound transformed ‘Light’ Neville Street, Leeds from a noise-filled and unpleasant gateway tunnel into an immersive urban landscape for its 19,000 daily users.

Embedded in the specially constructed 100-metre-long environment, A Light and Sound Transit by artist Hans Peter Kuhn engaged audiences as a ‘non-object’ based work of contemporary public sculpture with its substantial incorporation of sound as a central component.

A collaborative project team of architects, engineers and artists pioneered a radical response to this complex space of traffic: rail, road and pedestrian. Light Neville Street remains an exemplar of using public space in ways that create curiosity and engagement in the places we live and work.


Tickets to this event are free, and can be booked online via Eventbrite.

Please note that this is an external event run by our friends at MAAP, and takes place at Sable Studios in Leeds.


Book tickets to this event on Eventbrite

The ‘Light’ Neville Street archive

A complete living archive of this significant project and artworks is being created, in a partnership between MAAP, Leeds Museums & Galleries and the University of Leeds.

The archive includes early sketches, design proposals, technical documentation and a VR headset that can be used to experience the artwork at its original location.

See it in person at The Archive of Sculptors’ Papers at the Henry Moore Institute. The archive is free to use and open to all via appointment, Monday to Friday.

Find out more about the archive or plan a visit


‘A Light and Sound Transit’ major sound installation replayed


Experience the artwork and chat to the artist and team.

Speakers include:
Hans Peter Kuhn, artist
Irena Bauman, lead architect
Sue Ball, MAAP, artist liaison & interpretation

Chaired by Dr Kersten Glandien, Director, Sound Art Brighton

Informal panel conversation with audience Q&As


Drinks reception

With pay bar


Please note that this event is located on the venue’s first floor, where there is no lift access. MAAP & Parters apologise in advance that this will prevent everyone that they wish to attend from being there.

There is a 5cm curb outside the venue’s entrance (150cm wide, double doors), leading to a staircase of 11 steps with a banister, followed by a landing and then 3 more steps without banister, before reaching the door to the studio (82cm wide). The studio itself is open plan with a partially uneven wooden floor. There is a seating area with a mixture of sofas, chairs and bean bags.

There is one accessible toilet at the venue, equipped with handrails, low sink, a 92cm wide door and lever handle.

Earplugs are available, please ask either at the bar or entrance.

If you have any access questions ahead of visiting please email If you have any access questions at the venue, please ask at the bar.


Getting here

Please note that this is an external event run by our friends at MAAP, and takes place at Sable Studios in Leeds.

Sable Studio

Byron St Mills
Millwright St

United Kingdom


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