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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

We’ve added new artists to our Gallery

There are several new artists showing work in our Gallery.

Check them out by clicking here:


And you too could show your work! The aim is to show the amazing breadth and talent of artists in Leeds who are members of Arts & Minds. If you’d like your work to feature, please contact us.



Culture Club

The Culture Club is for people who want to see shows, plays, exhibitions, art events and more – with a friendly group. The group meets every month to decide what to see and book tickets. And there are lots of things to see and do. We get cheap Opera tickets, reduced price theatre tickets and lots more special offers.


Meeting 2nd Monday of every month, 5pm – 7pm


West Yorkshire Playhouse cafe bar,
Playhouse Square,
Quarry Hill,

Cost: Free for meetings, plays, shows cost as necessary.

Telephone: 0113 2623128
Email: info@artsandmindsnetwork.org.uk


ByTom Bailey


Instrumental is a monthly gig night at Inkwell Arts, run by Cloth Cat, Dave Lynch (an Arts & Minds member) and Inkwell.

Every month the team select the best local music acts to perform in the beautiful space. All the proceeds from the door go to paying for music projects in mental health services in Leeds.

For all the latest information on which acts are playing, please check out the Cloth Cat Facebook Page.

The Venue

Inkwell is a beautiful arts centre converted from the Old Shoulder of Mutton Pub in LS7. The main gallery space is converted into an evening venue with fairy lights, fully functioning bar and ample seating. Audiences can enjoy music close up or from the comfort of the lovely large patio. The bar is stocked with local real ale and other tasty treats and bar snacks.

Where the money goes

All the money from the door goes to paying for art workshops at in-patient mental health hospitals in Leeds, reaching people in serious need of a dose of creativity. A series of music workshops recently occurred at the Newsam Centre in Seacroft. Money made on the bar helps Inkwell keep going as an arts venue, providing art classes and other creative activities and a safe welcoming space for people experiencing mental health difficulties to flourish.

Brief History

Instrumental is a collaboration between Arts & Minds and Cloth Cat. It started in 2011 when Dave Lynch had an idea for ‘one big gig’. Since then, Instrumental have put on gigs at the Swarthmore Centre, at Leeds University and at Oxjam, busked in Trinity Shopping Centre, run song writing workshops and hosted a mini music festival! The partnership with Inkwell has run for 2 years.

The Acts

A huge range of Leeds-based acts play at Instrumental: from singer songwriters to well established bands. Some recent highlights include The Roman Empire, Steph Stephenson, Miranda Arieh, Dylan Brierley, Georgette Hilton and Eclectic Sparks. At every gig we try to feature performers who have had personal experience of mental health issues. We are always looking for acts! If you want to perform please email mike@clothcatleeds.org.uk