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ByTom Bailey

Art Doctors Event

A chance for Arts & Minds members to experience the Art Doctors exhibition and to do creative workshops.

The Art Doctors aim to playfully break down barriers to participation in contemporary art, and to explore the positive role of creativity in all our lives. They are currently running a Leeds-based project called Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? funded by Leeds Inspired and supported by East Street Arts and Leeds Art Gallery. The exhibition is up in the market for a short time so this is a great chance to see it and get creative with a supportive group.

We will make things, drink free tea and coffee, share our feelings about art and explore Leeds Markets in an artful way.

Come along for the full Art Doctors experience!

The event will take place in a couple of units in the market. Come to the events space (next to all the food and drink stalls) and one of us will show you where to go!  If you are unsure of where this is, meet us at 12.50 outside the Corn Exchange. Email us at [email protected] or comment below to let us know you’d like to meet us.

Arts & Minds at Art Doctors Exhibition

Thursday 25th April

1 – 3.30pm

Leeds Kirkgate Markets

Vicar Lane, Leeds City Centre LS2 7HY

Read more about the Art Doctors

See the Facebook event page

ByTom Bailey

Love Arts: The Future

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.


ByTom Bailey

Swarthmore Taster Day

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]


ByTom Bailey

Creative Grants 2019

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

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

1: Introduction

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).

2: Rationale

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.

3: Purpose

  • The purpose of the fund is to support creative projects within LYPFT services.
  • Applications can be made by organisations, or individuals planning to work with LYPFT services.
  • The fund will support small-scale initiatives that would otherwise not be funded.

4: Criteria for applications

Applications can be made by organisations, or individuals, and planning to work with LYPFT services and should meet these criteria:

  • Demonstrate that they will benefit users of LYPFT services and/or their carers
  • Enable service users to participate in a creative project in any media
  • Have the grant request endorsed by the applicant’s manager
  • Demonstrate partnership working with service users and/or carers
  • Demonstrate partnership working with other agencies where appropriate
  • Agree to evaluate the project using Arts & Minds evaluation tool
  • Be outside the service’s usual funding remit
  • Be able to contribute an additional £100 to the project’s budget
  • Be prepared to share learning and/or showcase work as part of Love Arts Festival    in October if appropriate

5: Role of the endorser

The endorser for an application to the Arts and Minds fund has the responsibility for:

  • Supporting the applicant to complete the application and authenticating it
  • Being responsible for overseeing and enabling the use of the grant
  • Approving an additional £100 contribution to the project budget
  • With the applicant, jointly reporting on the use of the grant after within a month

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:

  • Artist’s fees – we can advise on appropriate artists or organisations to partner with
  • Arts materials – arts & minds members get discounts at art shops, please ask!
  • Room hire
  • Publicity
  • Equipment

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?

  • A panel will meet in May to make a decision about the award.
  • The panel is comprised of 3 members of the network development group.
  • The panel will receive anonymised application forms and will score them against the criteria set out in this framework.
  • The panel is co-ordinated by the Arts and Minds Development Manager.

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

  • Contribute an additional £100 to the project budget
  • Only use the grant for the purpose described in the application
  • Refund any unspent balance to Arts and Minds
  • Use the grant within six months
  • Acknowledge Arts and Minds in any publicity relating to the project
  • Share information and knowledge about the initiative where appropriate
  • Submit an evaluation of the project within one month of its completion.
ByTom Bailey

Spring Newletter

Spring is here!

The sun’s out, finally. So we think it’s time to think about showing a light on your artwork. There are two exhibitions happening over the next couple of months, the details of which you can find in the current newsletter. Check it out here:


There’s also information about all the latest things going on in Leeds around creativity and mental well-being.

We hope you find something of interest!



Linda, Tom & Jane.


ByTom Bailey

Season’s Greetings from Arts & Minds

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

ByTom Bailey

Love Arts Festival 2018

Love Arts Festival is over. Thanks so much to all who took part and attended events. It was a great success!

You can check out some brilliant photos of key events on Facebook and a gallery of images will be available on the Love Arts site very soon.



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 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)