What’s going on at the East Leeds Project: Autumn 2021 Update

Welcome to our Autumn update about what we’ve been up to in and around East Leeds over the last few months. We’ve have some amazing funding success and KIOSK is going from strength to strength, producing some brilliant prints by our participating makers.

Prints created by families who attended our KIOSK workshop at The Old Fire Station in September 2021.

Funding News – KIOSK
We’ve secured funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and IKEA to tour KIOSK in East Leeds until next April.

KIOSK is our mobile makerspace. It takes making to the people through hands-on creative workshops led by artists, delivered within your own community or environment. We’ve recently piloted workshops with a craft group and families in Gipton, and Leeds City Council’s Culture Programmes team. Watch out for us on the road in East Leeds near you soon!

More Funding News – second newspaper
Thanks also to Leeds Phil & Lit Society who have awarded follow-on funding for a second newspaper about our makerspace project. You can still pick up a copy of the first edition, We Will Be Pioneers, from venues including Space2, Chapel FM and The Tetley, or if you’re in East Leeds get in touch and we’ll drop some off for your group or venue.

© Kevin Hickson

We Will Be Pioneers Podcast launch
Alongside the newspaper and short film, our Communities Director, Claire Irving, has been working on a podcast series in partnership with the team at Chapel FM. In episode 1, Claire talks to Harehills-based artist Kevin Hickson about his artistic practice and his experiences DJing at Speed Queen, the legendary Leeds club night, among other things!

Listen to the Podcast here

PANIC Network – Final Round of Bursaries
Artists in the Leeds City Region can now apply for two £5000 and four £1000 bursaries to support the making of new work. Download the guidance for this final round and apply via The Tetley website here by 9am on Friday 12 November. Assistance to apply is available for artists with additional access needs.

Awards News
Our Founder and Artistic Director, Kerry Harker, has been shortlisted for this year’s Academy of Urbanism awards, promoting great urbanism in the UK, Ireland and Europe. Find all the details here. The awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on 24 November.

Image: Fred Tschida, Sphere (2021), installation at 7A, Wakefield

Recommended – Circlesphere, Wakefield
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the mesmerising neon sculptures of US pioneer Fred Tschida, on show in Europe for the first time. The exhibition runs at The Art House and 7A until 28 November and is accompanied by a beautiful new publication including an interview with Tschida by our Artistic Director.

Last chance to support the ELP with the brilliant Co-op Local Community Fund
We’re currently a Local Cause for the Co-op Community Fund! If you’re a Co-op member, you can select us at membership.coop.co.uk/causes/4916 as your chosen cause and help us earn funding for the maker space project every time you shop until 31st October 2021. If you’d like to become a member, it costs just £1 to sign up here coop.co.uk/membership and you’ll earn rewards too! Thank you. #ItsWhatWeDoThanks for reading – please get in touch if you have any queries.

Thanks for reading!

The East Leeds Project Team

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