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ByTom Bailey

Connect & Create

We’ve started a new monthly meet up!

Connect & Create meets on the first Monday afternoon of every month at the Tetley. The aim is to get together with other like-minded, creative people. We want you to share ideas, be artistic, and find out about all the great things going on in Leeds.

Every month we’ll have:

Sharing – a chance for you to bring along a piece of artwork or some writing – or a song or a dance and share it with an enthusiastic group of Arts & Minds members

Discussion – we’ll choose an important topic and gather a group to talk about it. It could be a new idea, or an event that’s coming up we need help with – or something completely different.

Creative Space – every month a new volunteer will try out a different creative workshop. No skills necessary, just have a go.

We’ll also have the Arts & Minds team on hand to answer your questions, and plenty of leaflets and brochures with information on lots of different things going on. It’s ideal for people who’ve never been to an Arts & Minds event before – you can find out all about what we do. And we particularly welcome people who’ve had experience of mental health issues.

Join us on

Monday August 6th / September 3rd/ October 1st / November 5th/ December 3rd

Connect & Create

Monday Afternoons, 2 – 4pm

The Learning Studio on Floor 2

The Tetley

Hunslet Road


LS10 1JQ

ByTom Bailey

BEYOND Festival 2018

5 – 22 JULY 2018

BEYOND is an arts festival that celebrates the fantastic work of creative people with learning disabilities in Leeds. There are lots of organisations in Leeds supporting artists, performers and musicians with learning disabilities. BEYOND brings them together to celebrate and highlight the great work being produced.

2018 is the second BEYOND festival and this year the team is putting the spotlight on several individuals. BEYOND was able to award 12 grants to artists and groups to produce work for this year’s festival. The funding helped film-makers, choreographers, photographers, sculptors and other artists with learning disabilities create and show their work.

There are around 30 events or exhibitions taking place throughout July. The festival features all art forms: visual art, film, dance, theatre and more. There will be a clowning performance, wandering robots and giant sausage sandwiches at Leeds Kirkgate Market; comic books, installations and visual art at Studio24 and the Central Library; a brilliant gig at Wharf Chambers; and much more besides! Lots of different venues across Leeds are hosting events and exhibitions over the fortnight.

For full details go to www.beyondarts.co.uk or pick up a brochure from Leeds Visitor Centre on the Headrow.

Paul Wilshaw, co-producer on the BEYOND festival says, ‘There are 1.4 million people in the UK with a learning disability but sometimes our voices are unheard and we are not seen on television, or in theatres and arts festivals. BEYOND helps get our art and performances out there!”

James Hill is director of Pyramid of Arts, one of the organisations involved in running the Festival. He says, ‘There is a wealth of talent and creativity represented across all the events in the Festival this year. This is a fun and exciting way to find out about loads of amazing work in the city that you might not otherwise get to see’.

Events to look out for:

Expressions at Northern Ballet

Wed 11th(1pm and 7pm) and Thursday 12thJuly (7pm) at Northern Ballet

A selection of the best dance performances by groups and individuals with disabilities.


BEYOND @ Kirkgate Market Event Space

Saturday 14th July, 11am – 4pm

Clowning, robots, sausages, animations, virtual reality, dance and more. A cornucopia of films, love performances and interactive installations.


BEYOND Belief at Wharf Chambers

Friday 20thJuly, 7.30pm

A night of live music featuring Ultimate Thunder, Jez Colbourne & the MTG Band, Sky Fallers and Demented Dave

ByTom Bailey

Summer Special at Leeds Central Library

Arts & Minds’ big summer event is on Tuesday July 10th, 1 – 4pm  at Leeds Central Library. We’ve teamed up with Room 700, the Drawing Room, NS70 and the BEYOND Festival to bring you an event packed with creativity and good cheer. You are welcome to join us to take part in arty workshops, or simply just have a chat to like-minded, creative people.

Collective Joy Workshop
Artist Samra Mayanja will lead this workshop between 2 and 3.30pm

Samra says: “We’ll be focusing on body image and mind. I’ll be using poetry and performance, sound, words and movement in ways that spread joy. It’ll be a personal and collective experience.”
Reserve your place at this workshop by contacting us using the details above

NHS 70th
It’s the NHS’s 70th birthday, and we’ll be celebrating in a creative way. Come and add your message as a piece of writing, a drawing or something more imaginative…

BEYOND Exhibition
A selection of work from the BEYOND Festival with be on show. The artwork is by people with learning disabilities and some of the artists might be at the event in person.

Please come to meet us at the event – all welcome and it’s all free! Don’t worry if you’re not yet an Arts & Minds member. You can join us on the day.


Arts & Minds Summer Special

Tuesday10th July, 1 – 4pm

Room 700 and Leeds Drawing Room

Leeds Central Library

Calverley St




(image of BIG MONSTER IN A LITTLE CITY: AGE OF KAIJU by Specialist Autism Services Multimedia Workshop – showing at Room 700 in July)



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