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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

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

East St Arts Adult Learning Programme

We offer a yearly rolling programme of informal learning by providing short ( 10 Week ) course in a variety of community and city-centre venues. Work work with experienced and qualified artist/tutors, who are used to working across lots of different art and design disciplines with small diverse groups of participants. Courses include: drawing, sculpture, painting, jewellery, ceramics. See Courses Starting Jan 2017-2


Term One 26th September to 9th December

Term Two 16th Jan to 31st March

Term Three 18th April to 30th June

We deliver weekdays and daytime, with one late afternoon to early evening course running at in Term Two ( this may be extended to Term Three).

Where? Citywide and central.

Cost? We have 3 set rates per 10 week term, dependent upon personal circumstances. £60/  £16 / Free

Contact? Please call East St Arts for more information: 0113 262 2233 and ask for Linda.

“this course has been life changing, I felt really isolated before I joined and now I look forward to it each week, it is a life line”

“The tutor makes us feel really comfortable and has encouraged us to try new things with gentle guidance, you don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do”

ByTom Bailey

Inkwell Open Classes

Inkwell run a range of classes that are open for anyone to join which do not require a referral. Classes and workshops in various visual arts and performance arts are available throughout the week.

When/ What?

Tuesday mornings: Art & Design/ Sewing Group

Tuesday evening: Drumming Class

Wednesday evening: Sewing Circle/ Salsa

Thursday evening: Ceramics

Friday morning: Felting

Saturday: Ceramics/ Visual Arts

Where: Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, LS7 3LW

Costs: Vary

Contact: See Inkwell’s Website for more details





Studio 3

Studio 3

Open to adult mental health service users, this weekly arts workshop is for all artistic abilities.  Led by artist, Jill Johnson, members are free to experiment and explore a whole range of artistic media as well as visiting cultural venues.


Every other Wednesday afternoon


Artlink West Yorkshrie, 191 Belle Vue Road, Leeds, LS3 1HG


Session fees are £2 – £4 and include all art materials and refreshments.

ByTom Bailey

Creative Afternoons

Creative Afternoons is run by Arts & Minds members, for Arts & Minds members. The idea is to get together to do something creative on a Sunday afternoon. A different member runs each session and it could be craft, drawing, painting, photography, weaving… We meet at 1pm in the bar, and at 2pm up on Floor 2 Workshop Room.


2nd Sunday of every month


The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

Cost: Free


Telephone: 0113 2623128
Email: [email protected]

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