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Leeds Inspired Photographer Opportunities

Leeds Inspired Photographer Opportunities
Written by Jane Earnshaw  12/01/2017

Leeds Inspired is seeking to engage a number of professional photographers for two separate pieces of work in 2017.Photographer Brief - I'm Carnival HappyTo capture 500 portraits of Leeds residents wearing specially commissioned carnival headpieces, through a series of pop-up portrait studios visiting communuity groups, businesses, public events and shopping centres.Photographer Brief - Leeds Inspired Website To produce a bank of images for the Leeds Inspired website that can be used to represent the different artforms, activities and places that feature on leedsinspired.co.uk Full details of both of these opportunities can be found in the job briefs below.The deadline for both...

Leeds Inspired Carnival Artists Announced!

Leeds Inspired Carnival Artists Announced!Leeds West Indian Carnival image by Guy Farrar
Written by Jane Earnshaw  01/01/2017

It’s the very first day of 2017 and the year is fresh and full of possibilities.Our neighbours over in Hull will be lighting the blue touch paper on their year of being the UK City of Culture and here in Leeds we are lighting the candles on a very special birthday cake for one of our city’s longest running and best loved events because Leeds West Indian Carnival is 50!To keep an event running for 50 years is an incredible achievement and is testament to the love, passion, time and dedication that everyone involved in the organisation of Carnival gives...

Leeds Inspired Small Grant Awards: December 2016

Leeds Inspired Small Grant Awards: December 2016
Written by Jane Earnshaw  06/12/2016

The Leeds Inspired Small Grant Scheme supports arts events and projects throughout the city. Sometimes the awards support projects that gather a large audience and sometimes they support projects that are perhaps smaller or quieter but that have the potential to have a big impact on those involved. Over the course of a year the small grant scheme supports around 40 projects across the city.The latest round of awards, from the November deadline, will be supporting the following projects:An community mural project in Armley by artist Emma Hardaker and All together Armley.A series of writing workshops and panel events for writers at The Northern Short...

My Generation: Leeds New Modernists

My Generation: Leeds New Modernists
Written by Casey Orr  05/12/2016

For the past forty years, every new generational sub-culture has looked back to discover the art, style and culture of the 1960s and '70s, appropriating and incorporating the music and style of those decades into a modern experience. Leeds, along with the rest of Britain, has its club nights, bands, record stores and clothes shops dedicated to the music and fashion of the beats, the mods, the skins and the punks. The young people of 'The Z Generation', photographed here, are rummaging through the archives, but with the added desire for the technologies those decades utilised.'My Generation – Leeds New...

The Pursuit Of Normality

The Pursuit Of Normality
Written by Sian Carry  27/10/2016

The Pursuit of Normality is the third feature-length film from award-winning Leeds based Writer / Director Gage Oxley. Shot over the course of an intense month-long production and featuring the gorgeous backdrop of Leeds, The Pursuit of Normality tackles important issues of sexuality and identity. The film tells the story of William Baxter, a 17-year-old aspiring writer who lands a cutthroat internship at a prestigious publishing house. With the promise of a full-time placement for the most impressive novel, Will faces fierce competition against his rival interns. While pushing the boundaries of morality as...

‘A Snapshot of Leeds’ Music Video to Screen at Leeds Film Festival

‘A Snapshot of Leeds’ Music Video to Screen at Leeds Film Festival
Written by Spencer Bayles  26/10/2016

Earlier this year, Navigation Day, a studio-based music duo featuring myself and my buddy Tim Hann, released an EP called Mid-Decade Blue. A set of songs outlining a few choice existential doubts, it was led by a song called ‘Town’, a series of lyrical snapshots about the constantly changing face of the modern metropolis and, essentially, how it’s sometimes hard to find a place within it.The genesis of the song had come from driving to work through Kirkstall every morning and watching as the tired old BHS building – a curious landmark from my long-departed student days - was demolished...

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About Leeds Inspired

About Leeds Inspired

The Leeds Inspired website lists thousands of events happening in Leeds every year. You’ll find gigs, exhibitions, dance,…

Applying for Leeds Inspired Funding

Applying for Leeds Inspired Funding

Leeds Inspired manages two grant schemes to support arts events and projects in Leeds. Since April 2012 we…

Leeds Inspired Funded Projects

Leeds Inspired Funded Projects

Leeds Inspired grants have supported hundreds of projects, read about some of them here...