ELP May Update

Healthier Working Futures celebration this Thursday at 4.30pm – all welcome!

Join us this Thursday – the 25th May – to celebrate the completion of our major partnership project with Leeds Health & Care Academy and Lighthouse Futures Trust. Drop in any time from 4.30pm until 6.30pm when we’ll be screening a short film about the project and the role our KIOSK makerspace played in engaging the young people involved. Refreshments will be served – come along for a chat and to see how our makerspace at Fearnville Leisure Centre is developing too!

Open House

Did you know you can drop into the makerspace every Wednesday during term time from 9am – 3pm? Bring along a creative project to work on, make use of the free Wifi, browse our growing art library, or just come along for a brew and a chat about your creative practice. No need to book and everyone’s welcome – you’ll find us in Squash Court 1 on the ground floor of Fearnville Leisure Centre. Free hot drinks available from our brand-new kitchen facilities funded by Leeds City Council and Arts Council England. Watch out for news on our weekly artist residencies coming soon…

Art groups for men and women in Harehills

Our free sessions at the Nowell Mount Community Centre run weekly during term time and are led by professional artists. Join Kevin Hickson (men’s group) Thursdays 11am until 1pm and Herfa Thompson for our new women’s group on Fridays 12 noon until 2pm. Food and all art materials are also provided, and there’s support from Bellbrooke Surgery’s patient ambassadors too. No need to book, just bring yourself along and have a go in a relaxed and friendly setting.

Curator’s Tour, Arcadia for All? Rethinking Landscape Painting Now

We’ve arranged a tour of this exciting exhibition (check it out online) at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery with co-curator Judy Tucker on Tuesday 6 June at 12 noon. Brimming with wonderful paintings by artists including Hurvin Anderson, Lubaina Himid and George Shaw, there’s so much here that is relevant to life in East Leeds. If you’d like to join us, please get in touch on info@eastleedsproject.org. We can cover transport and have 10 places available.

ELP Team News

Congratulations to our friend Jessica Bennett, who has recently taken on the role of Director at Paradise Works, an artist-led studio community and gallery in Salford. Jess is on our board of Non-executive Directors and was previously part of the team at Manchester International Festival. We can’t wait to see what she gets up to in her new role and look forward to visiting soon!  www.paradise-works.com

Which spaces matter to you?

The University of Leeds and Leeds City Council are carrying out research into the spaces that matter to people across all 33 wards in Leeds, to inform future cultural policy. Contribute via an online survey and interactive map or take researcher Dr Jo Hawkins on a walking tour of a space that matters to you. Contact j.hawkins@leeds.ac.uk. We’d love to hear lots of East Leeds voices getting involved! To go to the survey click here

© Katrina Cowling, Roughcast, 2018, from If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022 at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield.

Recommended: If Not Now, When?

Finally, we recommend a visit to If Not Now When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960-2022 which is now open at The Hepworth Wakefield. Co-curated by our Artistic Director Kerry Harker, with Anna Douglas, the show tumbles through time to suggest new narratives and connections about sculpture by women during this period. The exhibition is on until 24 September but tickets are half price (£6) until 25 May. Click here to see what’s on at the Hepworth

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