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ByTom Bailey

Love Arts 2017 – tell us your ideas!

The Arts and Minds Network would once again like to invite established and new partners to work with us in creating this year’s Love Arts Festival of arts and mental well-being.
Deadline for Submissions is 5pm on Friday 5 May
If you wish to submit a proposal for an event at the festival, please ensure that it has a mental health connection. This year our theme is Journeys, which could include journeys of recovery, life journeys, emotional journeys, journeys of discovery or any other way you wish to interpret the theme. Have a look which option below best describes your event.
1. We would love to hear from you if you are artist or group, with a Leeds based event that takes place within the festival dates and already has funding and a venue
in place.
In the past we have included exhibitions, shows, workshops, gigs, talks, dance, performances and films – have a look at last year’s programme for some examples.
Our festival team will read all submitted proposals and let you know if you have been successful by 4pm on Tuesday 22 May – submit a proposal
2. If your proposal is not confirmed and is still at the ideas stage, we would still like to hear from you, but please do not use the submissions form.
Contact us at hello@loveartsleeds.co.uk and we may be able to link you up with someone who could help or advise you.
The festival team will then collate the information provided by you to create a one stop programme for visitors, all under the umbrella of the Love Arts Leeds Festival
Being included in the festival will provide extra exposure to complement your own promotions, as well as the opportunity to meet and network with other artists and groups. The festival has been running since 2009 and has grown in popularity year on year. We’d love to hear from friends new and old to help us put together another wondrous collection of creative delights!
ByTom Bailey

Inkwell Arts

We are a creative mental health service based in Leeds 7 offering a range of classes and activities for the community, users of mental health services and their families. We offer classes on a referral only basis and also open classes available for anyone to join: art and crafts, ceramics, dance and music, and a weekly Craft Cafe session. See our website for current groups

Inkwell is a safe, creative and accessible space where passion and skills entwine, challenging the stigma of mental health and celebrating the diversity of its participants. It seeks to engage, stimulate and absorb all abilities through creative activity. Users develop life skills such as teamwork and problem solving leading to increased confidence and improved wellbeing.

When? Varies depending on group

Where? 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3LW

Contact: Telephone: 0113 3070108 / email: inkwell@leedsmind.org.uk / www.inkwellarts.org.uk

 “..it’s such a positive place for people who are struggling with their mental health, it helps to build confidence and setting yourself little goals is sometimes better for a person than self-analysis”

“It’s a chance to learn new skills and have the freedom to express yourself. I’ve done a bit of volunteering here too which I’ve really enjoyed”


ByTom Bailey

Ukulele (Beginner) Course

From Cloth Cat, this course is an introduction to playing the ukulele. This is a fun light-hearted course designed to get complete beginners to music playing familiar songs in a variety of styles. No previous experience needed. The tutor is Jess Bowie.

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 8pm

Where: Bramley Lawn Social Centre, Rossefield Lawn, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3RU

Costs: £60 / free if you receive means tested benefits

Contact: Ring Mike on 0113 2442773 or email mike@clothcatleeds.org.uk to reserve your place. More info online.

ByTom Bailey

Cloth Cat

We are a charity based in inner-city Leeds that uses music training to help local people improve the quality of their lives. We help people to gain control over their lives and find avenues into employment by providing the opportunity to learn a variety of skills and to develop their musical talent. By doing this, we also provide a basis for empowerment, confidence building and making music contacts that will become ever more useful as their abilities continue to grow towards their future. We offer a wide range of 11 week music courses in subject such as beginners guitar, ukelele, music production, singing, song-writing, and many more. See our website for current courses. No experience is needed, The courses are all practical, with friendly and supportive tutors that will help you learn new skills and have fun!

When: Varies, 11 week courses run on termly basis

Where: Variety of community centres such as Swarthmore; Cardigan Centre; and Bramley Lawn.

Costs: People on means-tested benefit: Free/  Waged: £73 for 11 week course


Mike Jolly: mike@clothcatleeds.org.uk / 0113 244 2773 / www.clothcatleeds.org.uk