You might be aware that we’re not running a Love Arts Festival in 2019. We’re taking a year off to reflect and work out what next for Love Arts.
Some of you came to the excellent Think-In in January. For those of you who didn’t, we want to make sure we listen to your ideas. So we are inviting everyone to tell us their thoughts via a Survey Monkey:
You can keep updated on what’s going on by checking out the Love Arts blog, where you’ll see a selection of images that sum up some of the things that were said at the Think In.
We’re having another Think In in March – we’ll let you know all about it soon.
Our next event is coming soon!
A chance to try out some creative workshops and find out more about the Swarthmore Centre.
Swarthmore is a brilliant, accessible and welcoming place. And they do loads of creative courses. Come along to find out more and to try out something you might not have done before.
There’ll be knitting and stitching in the cafe – happening all afternoon. And printing and creative writing. Numbers for these workshops are limited so when you arrive, get your name on the list.
Lunch provided! The event is for Arts & Minds members. But all welcome – you can join us on the day.
See you there!
Swarthmore Taster Day
Tuesday 19th February 12 – 4pm
Swarthmore Education Centre
2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD
Let us know you are coming! Tell us on Facebook or email us at [email protected]
We are delighted to announce that we are able to give 5 grants of £1000 to mental health services in Leeds to do a creative project in 2019.
If you work or volunteer for an LYPFT service and want to do an arts project, this is the opportunity for you. All we need if for you to fill out the application form. 5 services in Leeds will be awarded a grant to do a creative project in 2019.
Your project needs to involve people who use LYPFT services participating in some form of creative activity (anything from photography to drama, creative writing, dance, singing, music etc) and include them in the planning.
Need some inspiration? Look at our creative pathways guide on our website https://artsandmindsnetwork.org.uk/creative-pathways/
To apply, download the APPLICATION FORM fill it out and email it back to us. Do read all the guidance below.
We recommend that you discuss your idea with us. Contact us on 0113 262 3128
(Mon – Thurs) or email [email protected]
The image above is from a previous Creative Grant funded project – involving service users at the Mother & Baby Unit using photography.
Framework and Guidance
The document sets out a framework for grants for creative projects taking place within the services of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT).
Our aim is to support the arts as part of recovery, inclusion and well being. The fund is one way in which we hope to support and encourage artistic and creative initiatives led by people who receive and work in health and social care settings.
4: Criteria for applications
Applications can be made by organisations, or individuals, and planning to work with LYPFT services and should meet these criteria:
5: Role of the endorser
The endorser for an application to the Arts and Minds fund has the responsibility for:
If the endorser fails to ensure that the applicant adheres to the criteria set out in the guidance they will not be able to act as an endorser for any future applications.
6: What the fund can be used for
The fund can be used to enable service users, carers and staff to participate in a creative project in any media (eg. writing, photography, drama, dance, music)
Examples of what can be applied for are as follows:
This is not an exhaustive list, and all applications will be considered.
7: How much can be applied for
Grants of up to £1000. You must contribute an additional £100.
8: How are decisions made?
9: Outcomes of Applications
We will notify applicants by email of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after we have made a decision.
10: Responsibilities of successful applicants
Happy New Year!
Christmas is over, to the relief of some and chagrin of others. And the new year is a good time to think about doing something different. This season’s newsletter is full of that sort of thing. Download it by clicking on the link below!
To be brief, there are a few dates for your diary:
Mon 14th January, 4pm – Body, Image & Minds exhibition at Leeds Central Library
Mon 14th January, 5pm – Culture Club Meeting at John Lewis
Tues 22nd January, 1pm – Love Arts Think In at Leeds City Museum
Thurs 24th January, 12pm – Arts & Health Network Launch at Room 700
Mon 4th February, 2pm – Connect & Create at the Tetley
All the details about these events can be found in the newsletter!
See you soon hopefully!
Linda, Tom & Jane.
We hope you enjoy the festive period. We’ve worked with some amazing artists and performers this year. THANK YOU to all our members, partners and supporters. And a special mention to artist Sue Bird who provided the image used on the home page.
Arts & Minds is closed from 19th December until 2nd January 2019 – if you have any issues or queries we’ll get back to you in the new year.
We know that this time of year isn’t easy for some people. If you’re struggling, you might find some of these numbers useful. USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS. Thanks to Forward Leeds for these.
Meanwhile, we hope you get a chance to be creative over the next few weeks. See you in 2019!
Our first CONNECT & CREATE session will be Monday January 7th, 2pm – pm at The Tetley. See you there!
Linda, Jane and Tom
Arts & Minds Network
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
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
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
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…
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
(image of BIG MONSTER IN A LITTLE CITY: AGE OF KAIJU by Specialist Autism Services Multimedia Workshop – showing at Room 700 in July)
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