The Weather Café
Café Host; Design Assistant
David Shearing, 2016
Creator: David Shearing
Assistant Designer: Laura Ann Price
Sound Design: James Bulley
Creative Technologist: Daniel Jones
Project Assistant: Molly Isherwood
Design Assistant: Helen Russell Brown
Production Manager: Chris Megginson
Café Hosts: Helen Russell Brown, Lydia Cottrell
Photography: Tom Joy
Video Documentation: Edward Scott Clarke
In Spring 2016, The Weather Café inhabited an empty shopfront in Leeds city centre. An immersive café installation that responded to the changing weather of the city, the shifting environment inside evolved as the wind blew, the rain dripped onto tables and a thick cloud rolled across the freshly turfed floor.
An ever-changing orchestration of sound and imagery, the café presented the voices of over 100 people living and connected to Leeds. Seated opposite a stranger and presented with a curated selection of soothing teas, visitors listened through headphones to reflections and stories that shifted with the changing weather. The installation acted as an emotional barometer reflecting the climate of the city.
Created by award-winning artist and scenographer David Shearing