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ByTom Bailey

Summer Special – Get Involved!

Our Summer Event at Studio 24 is coming on Wednesday July 19th – and we need you to get involved!


We’re putting a show up for the day. We’d love you to show your work. All artists are welcome – especially Arts & Minds members! Bring two or three pieces. If your work is BIG do let us know. We’ll be putting the show up from 10.30am on the 19th. So you can drop off work then, and come back later – or help us. The show opens to the public at 2pm but our main celebration will be in the early evening, with live performances from 6pm.

Email Tom to let us know you’re bringing artwork: tom.bailey@artsandmindsnetwork.org.uk


Founded by Pallant House Gallery in 2006, Outside In provides a platform for artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. Artists who meet the Outside In criteria can get help to create an online gallery. During the 1 hour one-to-one session they can support you to: photograph your artwork, write your artist statement and sign up for an online gallery. If you are part of a group, they can show the facilitator how to create groups and individual pages too.

See http://www.outsidein.org.uk/

If you’re interested in signing up for one of six sessions, email Hannah at h.whitlock@pallant.org.uk


If you’re keen to put on your own exhibition, whether by yourself or with friends, this workshop is for you…

‘How to put on my own exhibition’ 2.15 – 4.15pm

What venues can you use? How do you go about it? What support is out there? Artist Louise Atkinson will lead the worksop, which will include a mixtre of information and discussion. The workshop is organised by Arts & Minds, which aims to support artists who have mental health issues. It’s free to attend but limited to 20 places. Book online now.


There will be plenty of other things happening so please come along on the day. Kirsty from Studio 24 will be encouraging you join her in making a giant sculpture throughout the day. Come along and make your mark! Coffee and light refreshments available free through the day. Light buffet at 5.30. Bar open for you to buy drinks at 6pm. Studio 24 is about 5 – 10 mins walk from the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Parking is usually available on the street outside and it relatively cheap. We open at 2pm but you can come at any time. The workshop is 2.15 – 4.15pm and the performances start at 6pm. The event will finish at 8pm.
The event is for everyone! Arts & Minds aims to support creative people with mental health issues. There is wheelchair access to the space.


Wed July 19th, 2 – 8pm

Studio 24

66-70 Mabgate



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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.


ByTom Bailey

Creative Afternoons

Creative Afternoons is run by Arts & Minds members, for Arts & Minds members. The idea is to get together to do something creative on a Sunday afternoon. A different member runs each session and it could be craft, drawing, painting, photography, weaving… We meet at 1pm in the bar, and at 2pm up on Floor 2 Workshop Room.


2nd Sunday of every month


The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

Cost: Free


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

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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