The Fleeting Arms down Gillygate, York, is a brand new pop-up bar/arts venue, has been up and running six weeks. Originally Monroes Showbar, the landlords abandoned it when it wasn't making any money, and under the guidance of Brian Furey from The Gillygate pub and Alex Wright from The Flanagan Collective, the interior was transformed by a dedicated team of volunteers painting the walls, scraping carpet glue from the floors and donating furniture. Eventually, Punch Taverns will turn it into a backpackers hostel, but whilst planning permission goes through, it is being run by a collective of creatives keen to make it a successful venture.
Serving coffees, craft beers and unique cocktails, the artistic vibe, pool table and chilled out tunes make it a great place to go for a drink. However, the key incentive of the space is to offer free workshop, rehearsal, exhibition and performance space to whoever would like to use it. All that we ask in return is that drinks are brought over the bar and a donation is made to the running costs of the building.
We at The Fleeting Arms believe that a creative community thrives when it has open access to free space. Removing or reducing the financial risk for artists, musicians and performers can help foster creative risk, boldness of expression and innovation of ideas.
We cannot offer permanent residency - ideal duration would be 1 day.