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.
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
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There are several new artists showing work in our Gallery.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org