Love Arts: The Future

ByTom Bailey

Love Arts: The Future

We want to thank everyone who has contributed their ideas to our think-ins and survey about the future of Love Arts Festival. There were loads of fantastic ideas that we want to make happen with your help. However this will be a long-term plan that will take time to realise. See below for details.

In the meantime we’re going to run a smaller festival in October 2020 that is more achievable for our tiny team’s capacity. Arts & Minds will continue to run its regular activities, including the annual exhibition in the spring.

So what’s happening in 2020?

ARTS & MINDS ANNUAL EXHIBITION
May 18 – 24 is National Creativity and Wellbeing week, which is joining forces with the BBC Get Creative Festival and the Mental Health Foundation Awareness week to make the country wake up to the benefits of creativity to mental health. We want Arts & Minds exhibition to be part of this exciting development, and will be hosting our annual open exhibition over this period at a venue tbc. Information about submissions will go out in February, but in the meantime get May 2020 in your diary.

LOVE ARTS 2020
In the new year we will invite partners to contribute their performances, films, artworks, conversations, or workshops to an exciting jam-packed festival day that will take place in late October.  We want to help you showcase the amazing work that we know is going on all around the city.  Love Arts 2020 will be a one-day event at one venue in Leeds. Look out soon for details on how you can help us make this happen.

LOVE ARTS – LONG TERM…
There is a huge potential for Love Arts. Traditionally we’ve been a 2-week festival in October. But there could be a year round series of events that bring the city together under the banner of creativity and mental health. However, it’s certain that the Arts & Minds team can’t manage this. So we’re currently exploring ways to fundraise for a dedicated Love Arts project. This may be a separate entity in itself! The plan is to hold quarterly Love Arts get-togethers to share progress on these big ideas. The first thing is to unite on a vision – decide exactly where we want to go and what we could achieve together. So, if you want to see a future for Love Arts, please join us on Friday December 6th at 2pm – 4pm. Location TBC. Look out for an Eventbrite to register your attendance soon.

THANK YOU
Thanks once again for bearing with us as we enter this new chapter for Love Arts. With your help we think we can have a rosy future!

Linda, Tom and Jane
Arts & Minds

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