Author Archives: Tom Bailey

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

Arts & Minds Spring Playtime

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.

All welcome!

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

ByTom Bailey

Spring Newsletter

There’s a new newsletter out! You can download it here:

NEWS spring 18

Packed full of the latest news, opportunities and updates around arts and well-being in Leeds.

It’s a must read!

Featuring information on: World Book Night/ Spring Playtime at Playlab/ Words in the City/ Love Arts Design Competion/ Beyond Festival/ Leeds College of Music review – and MUCH MORE!

ByTom Bailey

Commission Opportunity – e bulletin

Commission opportunity: An Ante-room of One’s Own

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Virginia Woolf, Author.

To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote, Leeds Library and Information Service are curating an exhibition and series of events relating to the empowerment of women and the history of suffrage. Leeds City Council has been awarded government funding as one of seven ‘Centenary Cities’ and this commission will form part of the citywide celebrations. We are offering an opportunity to create new work to complement our planned programme.

We are looking for an artist to engage with, and be inspired by, our special collections and bring them to a new and diverse audience. It must be a bold statement work acknowledging the celebrations and directly relating to its position being situated within a library.

Room 700 is a multi-use arts space on the first floor of Leeds Central Library positioned between the music and art library. It has a diverse audience and is a space to think, talk, make and do. The ante-room area is by the main entrance to the room. The available space is 36m2 with wall mounting opportunity for displayed or projected work. There are 3 wall surfaces that could be utilised measuring 2.5mx2.7m, 2.5mx2.7m and 1.5mx2.7m. The floor to ceiling height is approx. 3.5m.

This area has high impact as you approach the room and contributes to the first impression of audiences visiting the space. It must be appropriate for all ages and with clear titling and interpretation for audiences.

Timescales? Exhibition throughout May 2018, research to be undertaken and work developed during April 2018. Installation date: 1st May. The commissioned work will be owned by the library service.

Proposals to be submitted by midnight March 5thth 2018. Successful artist/s will be notified by March 12th.

What? We invite proposals from a wide range of art forms and artists, but in particular we are interested in receiving applications from artists in the field of digital art, film, illustration or sculpture. You will be required to run a workshop sharing your practice with emerging artists. Proposals should be inspired and influenced by the commission being for a public library.

Where? Leeds Central Library, Room 700 entrance ante-room.

Budget? £1500 inclusive of all materials.

Deadline? March 5th. Please submit a brief proposal of not more than 500 words describing your idea, relevant experience of similar scale commissions, brief budget breakdown and no more than 3 images of previous relevant work. Please also attach an up-to-date CV.

Send by email to: [email protected]

Please do not send any further information – proposals that exceed the word count will not be accepted.

Due to the expected high number of applications we are unable to offer feedback on unsuccessful proposals.

Make your mark as part of our Centenary Cities celebrations.


ByTom Bailey

Photography project – Can you help? – e bulletin

Do you have an interesting or creative way of helping to maintain good mental well being?

Kara is looking for people to take part in her photography project:


I am calling out to anyone who would like to get involved in my Art project which is based on mental health. I am a student at Leeds Beckett and currently studying Fine Art. I am a photographer who is interested in capturing the ways in which people deal with their mental health. This may be writing poetry or following a certain routine in your day to day life which helps you deal with your mental health etc. It can be absolutely anything and I would love to photograph it. My aim is to raise awareness and illustrate how everyone deals with a certain degree of mental health, the way in which we deal with it may be different to everyone else. I am hoping to build a body of images which I could possibly make into a book. If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, then please contact me via email on: [email protected] or message me on: 07415773335.
Thank you

Thank you,

ByTom Bailey

Arts and Crafts Group – Oblong


Oblong hosts a free weekly arts & crafts group every Monday between 1 and 2.30 pm.

More details can be found by clicking on the link below.



Oblong – Woodhouse Community Centre

197 Woodhouse Street





Mondays 1 – 2.30 pm


Cost :

Free and materials are provided



0113 245 9610

[email protected]




ByTom Bailey

Adult Art therapy Groups & 1:1 Sessions – The Art Room @ The Digital Lounge



The Art Room offers a range of art therapeutic support including adult groups and 1:1 sessions with client and therapist and also parent and child therapy.

This is a free service for Leeds-based adults, however priority will be given to residents who live locally (i.e within a three mile radius of The Digital Lounge).


Please contact The Digital Lounge to find out about dates and availability.

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy can help people to express their inner feelings when words alone are either just too difficult or hard to find.

It Can help people to understand why they are feeling the way they do by creating an image to express and explore their emotions.

A person’s willingness to join in and try something new is more important than how good they think they are at art making.



Group sessions – Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30 am – 11.30 am

1:1 sessions available Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays


Where:  The Digital Lounge

45 Ramshead Hill


LS14 1BT


Contact: 0113 318 0522 or email [email protected] to request an application form