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

KIOSK creative printmaking workshop at Chapel FM

KIOSK, our mobile makerspace, was in action a couple of days ago for a printmaking workshop at Chapel FM for Leeds City Council’s ‘Culture Programmes’ team.

The workshop was delivered by East Leeds-based artist Ellen Burroughs who recently set up brand new print workshop Lutra (the name is from the Latin for otter) at her home in Gipton.

Ellen took the team through a four-hour workshop that used screen printing techniques to explore the creation of identity through the use of signs and symbols. The result was some beautiful and striking prints experimenting with geometric and organic shapes. We really valued this opportunity to learn more about how KIOSK can work in a variety of settings and with different participants with varying levels of experience and confidence.

Feedback from the Culture Programmes team was really positive and Chapel FM were amazing hosts too. Ellen is a very experienced printmaker and workshop leader and it’s great to have her responses to KIOSK and ideas for how the project can evolve and offer an even better experience for people taking part.

Find out more about her work at www.lutra.studio or @lutrastudio on Instagram. KIOSK will be out on tour again soon, keep an eye on our social media for dates and venues!

Call Out for Artists and Makers in Leeds: Can you help us make KIOSK?

ELP Kiosk

KIOSK is our mobile makerspace designed and built by artist Emma Hardaker, with help from our friends at Duke Makes. KIOSK will take opportunities for hands-on making direct to the people through artist-led creative workshops delivered in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings from community centres to parks, libraries, schools and anywhere else across East Leeds and further afield.

Now, due to funding from Leeds Inspired and Leeds Community Foundation, we’re looking for Leeds-based artists and makers with experience of delivering workshops in public settings with a range of groups, including people with additional access requirements. We’re planning to tour KIOSK to large-scale public events such as local fairs and galas (when restrictions allow) as well as smaller-scale workshops for specific groups, tailored to their needs and interests and planned with them in advance. Workshops can take any form and be in any media – from printmaking to textiles, drawing to digital media – provided you can use KIOSK as a base for the activity.

Find all the details and information on how to apply via Curatorspace or the KIOSK page on our website.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 2 July. We can’t wait to hear from you!



PANIC! Promoting an Artists’ Network in the Crisis

Our Artistic Director, Kerry Harker, is a member of the Steering Group for this initiative instigated by art historian and cultural analyst Professor Griselda Pollock, in partnership with The Tetley centre for contemporary art.

Led by artists, curators, organisations and individuals in Leeds City Region, PANIC! aims to create an artists’ network in Leeds. Collectively, the network will offer benefits through: platforming activities, sharing information, offering mentoring support, and bursaries for practising artists. The PANIC! Steering Group is made up of seven artist members, three artist advisors and the Tetley team. They will distribute the bursaries and advise, assist and promote the PANIC! Network and its activities.

To find out more about PANIC! and apply for the second round of artist bursaries, visit the Tetley website.

The deadline for second round applications is 9am on Monday 12July.

East Leeds Project featured on Leeds 2023 website

Thanks to Leeds 2023 for featuring the East Leeds Project and talking about the area from a cultural perspective on their website. The ELP mission is to put our area on the map and we are delighted with the support from our friends at Leeds 2023.

Read the article below, or click on the link to read on the Leeds 2023 website:

Did you know that there are no road signs in the whole of Leeds pointing to Gipton? Built in the 1930s as a ‘garden suburb’ to offer residents a better place to live, this part of Leeds is little known or understood by people outside the area, even Loiners.

The East Leeds Project, supported by Leeds 2023, wants to change that, to offer an opportunity for the communities based in the suburbs of Gipton and Harehills, Killingbeck and Seacroft, Cross Gates and Whinmoor, to come together in artistic exploration. The project plans to put East Leeds firmly on the map, as experienced through the lens of its resident cultural community which includes producers Kerry Harker and Claire Irving.

Over the past 18 months, Kerry and Claire have been building and strengthening local connections through a programme of research and development projects, the outcome of which will be disseminated in the autumn. An extensive, far-reaching joint research project has been carried out with Leeds’ architecture practice Bauman Lyons and the local community. Taking many forms, the project included holding events at Gipton Gala and East Leeds Makers social; community-led mapping; an online survey of ‘East Leeds Makers’ and site visits, e.g. to Knowle West in Bristol.

They have discovered that there is a rich seam of creativity in the local community and a desire to help shape its future. Many local people are producing and making fantastic work, but currently there is no dedicated creative ‘maker’ space where they can share and collaborate.

The East Leeds Project is building towards creating a physical hub, a Pavilion, designed and built by local people, using the pioneering MassBespokeTM system created by Bauman Lyons.

By 2023, the East Leeds Project wants the temporary Pavilion to be located next to Fearnville Leisure Centre in Gipton. This community space will be a social place; somewhere to learn and work together, to share skills and to learn new ones. A physical space in which to help build a sustainable future for creative practitioners in the area, currently working away in their sheds or around kitchen tables.

Academic research uncovered by the East Leeds team suggests that eastern sides of cities worldwide share characteristics as a result of the fact that pollution blows to the east, and many have been neglected or ignored. Each part of Leeds has its own distinctive sense of identity, with its own history and challenges, and it’s through supporting projects like this that we will help shine a light on the amazing creativity and talent in all our communities in the city.