Author Archives: Tom Bailey

ByTom Bailey

Arts & Minds Spring Playtime

Your chance to get creative, meet other Arts & Minds members and drink good coffee.

We’re teaming up with the Playlab for some creative play. Slime, pom-poms, games, arty fun and more in the new pop-up Playlab next to Leeds Kirkgate Market. Also featuring Open Mic poetry and performance.

All welcome!

The Playlab has taken over a shop on New York St for several weeks. It’s a pop-up creative, playful space. It’s just over the road form the post office. There is disabled access.

Arts & Minds Spring Playtime
Playlab, 23 New York Street, Leeds LS2 7DZ
Monday 30th April
1.30 – 5pm

ByTom Bailey

Spring Newsletter

There’s a new newsletter out! You can download it here:

NEWS spring 18

Packed full of the latest news, opportunities and updates around arts and well-being in Leeds.

It’s a must read!

Featuring information on: World Book Night/ Spring Playtime at Playlab/ Words in the City/ Love Arts Design Competion/ Beyond Festival/ Leeds College of Music review – and MUCH MORE!

ByTom Bailey

Commission Opportunity – e bulletin

Commission opportunity: An Ante-room of One’s Own

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Virginia Woolf, Author.

To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote, Leeds Library and Information Service are curating an exhibition and series of events relating to the empowerment of women and the history of suffrage. Leeds City Council has been awarded government funding as one of seven ‘Centenary Cities’ and this commission will form part of the citywide celebrations. We are offering an opportunity to create new work to complement our planned programme.

We are looking for an artist to engage with, and be inspired by, our special collections and bring them to a new and diverse audience. It must be a bold statement work acknowledging the celebrations and directly relating to its position being situated within a library.

Room 700 is a multi-use arts space on the first floor of Leeds Central Library positioned between the music and art library. It has a diverse audience and is a space to think, talk, make and do. The ante-room area is by the main entrance to the room. The available space is 36m2 with wall mounting opportunity for displayed or projected work. There are 3 wall surfaces that could be utilised measuring 2.5mx2.7m, 2.5mx2.7m and 1.5mx2.7m. The floor to ceiling height is approx. 3.5m.

This area has high impact as you approach the room and contributes to the first impression of audiences visiting the space. It must be appropriate for all ages and with clear titling and interpretation for audiences.

Timescales? Exhibition throughout May 2018, research to be undertaken and work developed during April 2018. Installation date: 1st May. The commissioned work will be owned by the library service.

Proposals to be submitted by midnight March 5thth 2018. Successful artist/s will be notified by March 12th.

What? We invite proposals from a wide range of art forms and artists, but in particular we are interested in receiving applications from artists in the field of digital art, film, illustration or sculpture. You will be required to run a workshop sharing your practice with emerging artists. Proposals should be inspired and influenced by the commission being for a public library.

Where? Leeds Central Library, Room 700 entrance ante-room.

Budget? £1500 inclusive of all materials.

Deadline? March 5th. Please submit a brief proposal of not more than 500 words describing your idea, relevant experience of similar scale commissions, brief budget breakdown and no more than 3 images of previous relevant work. Please also attach an up-to-date CV.

Send by email to:

Please do not send any further information – proposals that exceed the word count will not be accepted.

Due to the expected high number of applications we are unable to offer feedback on unsuccessful proposals.

Make your mark as part of our Centenary Cities celebrations.


ByTom Bailey

Photography project – Can you help? – e bulletin

Do you have an interesting or creative way of helping to maintain good mental well being?

Kara is looking for people to take part in her photography project:


I am calling out to anyone who would like to get involved in my Art project which is based on mental health. I am a student at Leeds Beckett and currently studying Fine Art. I am a photographer who is interested in capturing the ways in which people deal with their mental health. This may be writing poetry or following a certain routine in your day to day life which helps you deal with your mental health etc. It can be absolutely anything and I would love to photograph it. My aim is to raise awareness and illustrate how everyone deals with a certain degree of mental health, the way in which we deal with it may be different to everyone else. I am hoping to build a body of images which I could possibly make into a book. If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, then please contact me via email on: or message me on: 07415773335.
Thank you

Thank you,

ByTom Bailey

MADE – Dance Group – Yorkshire Dance



Yorkshire Dance would like to introduce their new mixed ability dance class:

 This new class is called MADE (Mixed Ability Dance for Everyone) and is a beginners level, fun, social dance class that includes gentle exercises to improve mobility, flexibility and balance. The class is open to any adults with or without a disability that is interested in dance. The aim of the class is to provide people that may have barriers to engaging with physical activity with an opportunity to express themselves and be physical in an open, friendly and fun group that promotes independence.

When: Wednesdays between 5.30-7.00pm

Where: Yorkshire Dance in Leeds city centre

Yorkshire Dance
3 St Peter’s Buildings
St Peter’s Square Leeds

Cost: £3.50

Contact:  0113 243 8765

ByTom Bailey

Arts and Crafts Group – Oblong


Oblong hosts a free weekly arts & crafts group every Monday between 1 and 2.30 pm.

More details can be found by clicking on the link below.



Oblong – Woodhouse Community Centre

197 Woodhouse Street





Mondays 1 – 2.30 pm


Cost :

Free and materials are provided



0113 245 9610




ByTom Bailey

Adult Art therapy Groups & 1:1 Sessions – The Art Room @ The Digital Lounge



The Art Room offers a range of art therapeutic support including adult groups and 1:1 sessions with client and therapist and also parent and child therapy.

This is a free service for Leeds-based adults, however priority will be given to residents who live locally (i.e within a three mile radius of The Digital Lounge).


Please contact The Digital Lounge to find out about dates and availability.

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy can help people to express their inner feelings when words alone are either just too difficult or hard to find.

It Can help people to understand why they are feeling the way they do by creating an image to express and explore their emotions.

A person’s willingness to join in and try something new is more important than how good they think they are at art making.



Group sessions – Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30 am – 11.30 am

1:1 sessions available Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays


Where:  The Digital Lounge

45 Ramshead Hill


LS14 1BT


Contact: 0113 318 0522 or email to request an application form

ByTom Bailey

Tetley Tour, Mon 15th January, 11am

We’re excited to be going to the Tetley on Monday 15th January to get a tour of the latest exhibition. Come and join us!

The latest show at the Tetley, “Your Consequences Have Actions” by artits Saelia Aparicio, also features work from six female artists from the Musgrave Kinley Collection.

Victor Musgrave and Monika Kinley began collecting ‘Outsider Art’ in 1981. Musgrave and Kinley chose to collect artwork that they felt was genuinely original, intuitive and made by artists outside the mainstream system of art education and galleries, including artists with mental and physical disabilities. They collected work by celebrated artists, such as Henry Darger and Adolf Wölfli, and also sought out new artists to bring to international attention. The collection comprises of over 800 works, including sculpture, painting and drawing by artists from across the world. Intended as a public collection from the beginning, the collection was donated in its entirety to the Whitworth, The University of Manchester in 2010

“Saelia Aparicio has been very inspired by Judith Scott, one of the artists in the collection,”said Bryony Bond, artistic director of the Tetley. The ‘outsider’ art on show includes sculptures by Marie-Rose Lortet and Judith Scott, and drawings by Aloise Corbaz, Madge Gill, Lee Godie and Martha Grunenwaldt.

More info here

We’ll be joining Bryony for a tour of the work at 11am, followed by coffee and tea.

Join us!

Arts & Minds Tetley Tour

15th January 2018, 11am – 1pm

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds.

ByTom Bailey

Happy New Year!

The festive season is over and everything is starting to return to normal. We hope you enjoy the following poem. It was written in response to artwork at Leeds Art Gallery, which re-opened in October after a refurbishment. Thanks Peter for allowing us to share it.


In colours multiple and in black and white

(reference: Brightly lit stag chair, Joseph Beuys 1957-71 and Xanadu, Lothar Götz 2017)


I sit and stare at you

imaged in black and white

as person and as chair

which are you?


are your wedges

of multi-coloured monochrome

paint or lining paper?

who are you?


yet your figure is clear

with two human-like legs

but how do you not fall over?

what are you?


I cannot take you in

all in one view

you hide from me

why do you conceal yourself?


if I could lean

on your arm

and rest on your comfortable lap

perhaps I’d know you


as you peek out exuberantly

from behind the Doric pillars

and plaster scrolls

of Leeds Art Gallery.


Peter McDonagh, December 2017, Leeds.

ByTom Bailey

Season’s Greetings

…from all of us at Arts & Minds.


Picture: “Wendy the Aerialist” by Rejectamental