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)


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

Tetley Tour, Mon 15th January, 11am

We’re excited to be going to the Tetley on Monday 15th January to get a tour of the latest exhibition. Come and join us!

The latest show at the Tetley, “Your Consequences Have Actions” by artits Saelia Aparicio, also features work from six female artists from the Musgrave Kinley Collection.

Victor Musgrave and Monika Kinley began collecting ‘Outsider Art’ in 1981. Musgrave and Kinley chose to collect artwork that they felt was genuinely original, intuitive and made by artists outside the mainstream system of art education and galleries, including artists with mental and physical disabilities. They collected work by celebrated artists, such as Henry Darger and Adolf Wölfli, and also sought out new artists to bring to international attention. The collection comprises of over 800 works, including sculpture, painting and drawing by artists from across the world. Intended as a public collection from the beginning, the collection was donated in its entirety to the Whitworth, The University of Manchester in 2010

“Saelia Aparicio has been very inspired by Judith Scott, one of the artists in the collection,”said Bryony Bond, artistic director of the Tetley. The ‘outsider’ art on show includes sculptures by Marie-Rose Lortet and Judith Scott, and drawings by Aloise Corbaz, Madge Gill, Lee Godie and Martha Grunenwaldt.

More info here

We’ll be joining Bryony for a tour of the work at 11am, followed by coffee and tea.

Join us!

Arts & Minds Tetley Tour

15th January 2018, 11am – 1pm

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds.

ByTom Bailey

Happy New Year!

The festive season is over and everything is starting to return to normal. We hope you enjoy the following poem. It was written in response to artwork at Leeds Art Gallery, which re-opened in October after a refurbishment. Thanks Peter for allowing us to share it.


In colours multiple and in black and white

(reference: Brightly lit stag chair, Joseph Beuys 1957-71 and Xanadu, Lothar Götz 2017)


I sit and stare at you

imaged in black and white

as person and as chair

which are you?


are your wedges

of multi-coloured monochrome

paint or lining paper?

who are you?


yet your figure is clear

with two human-like legs

but how do you not fall over?

what are you?


I cannot take you in

all in one view

you hide from me

why do you conceal yourself?


if I could lean

on your arm

and rest on your comfortable lap

perhaps I’d know you


as you peek out exuberantly

from behind the Doric pillars

and plaster scrolls

of Leeds Art Gallery.


Peter McDonagh, December 2017, Leeds.