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Ooooh We Love Ootrey!

Ooooh We Love Ootrey!
Written by Leeds Inspired  14/11/2020

Ootrey stationery combines great designs with beautiful materials and print finishes. Their products are made in collaboration with some of the most promising up-and-coming artists, as well as established designers and illustrators. Here we find out about the work of Leeds Arts University graduate and Ootrey designer Xanthe Bonsall."I was really lucky to have the opportunity to go back to college as a mature student... I completed a degree in Textile Design at Leeds Arts University and it’s the best thing I've ever done. I started my business during the second year of my degree and graduated earlier this year in the...

Buy Leeds!

Buy Leeds!
Written by Leeds Inspired  13/11/2020

Independent businesses need our support now more than ever. So whether you're looking for a new pair of fluffy lockdown slippers to wear to work, a Friday night takeaway to celebrate getting to the end of another week or a 'Sorry' card to make up for the birthday card that you never sent - make sure you buy local and support the Buy Leeds community!If you need some inspiration check out Leeds Indie Directory of small businesses in Leeds here. #BuyLeeds...

Leeds Black History Walk: Artist Responses

Leeds Black History Walk: Artist Responses
Written by Geraldine Connor Foundation  11/11/2020

On Saturday 10th October 2020, four guest artists – Leah Francis, Rheima Robinson, Asher Jael and Jamal Gerald -  joined the Leeds Black History Walk team, Joe and Ness, for the New Responses special. The four artists developed powerful creative responses to the stories Joe told, captivating the audience with their insightful performances, and showing how valuable art can be for understanding and curating history. The contributions from the guest artists were made possible thanks to a grant from Leeds Inspired. You can watch their performances here: Filmed and edited by Sally Molineaux (Molineaux Productions).Produced in collaboration with Geraldine Connor Foundation and Leeds...

Emergency Story Penguin Book Appeal

Emergency Story Penguin Book Appeal
Written by Slung Low  23/10/2020

In early October some of the team here at Slung Low spent a week at Holbeck’s Ingram Road Primary School reading our new children’s book ‘Emergency Story Penguin’ to the kids. At the end of the week we gave each one of them a copy.That’s 340 kids.Why did we do it? Because it came to our attention that some children in Holbeck who, when they start school, don’t own a book.And here we are, trying to create the most exciting arts centre in the country and what matters that if there are kids in our community who don’t even own...

Sapphire: Hyde Park Picture House Pick for Black History Month

Sapphire: Hyde Park Picture House Pick for Black History Month
Written by The Hyde Park Picture House  21/10/2020

The Hyde Park Picture House’s ‘On The Road’ programme has restarted this month, with daily screenings at the City Varieties attracting film audiences back to see films on the big screen.  However, we appreciate that it’s still too soon for some people to return to cinemas, so this weekend we’ve selected a film that can be watched at home as a #HydeParkPick and we’re sharing it as a way to mark this year’s Black History Month too.  Sapphire (1959) is a British drama directed by Basil Dearden, it’s a fascinating film that reveals much about levels of prejudice in multi-cultural...

Peter Spafford: Song Portraits (part 2)

Peter Spafford: Song Portraits (part 2)
Written by Peter Spafford  21/10/2020

Five months after my first phone call to Mark , subject of Song Portrait No.1, I’ve  finished the gallery. There should be 8. There have ended up being 9, mainly because I’ve been having such a great time. Song Portraits is a project I originated at the beginning of the national lockdown. It’s just as it sounds: a picture in song-form of an individual at a certain point in their lives. Although I’ve written many Poem Portraits, I’d never written a portrait of someone in music and lyric. All 9 Song Portraits are of older people in Leeds, volunteers invited through...

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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

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Leeds Inspired Funded Projects

Leeds Inspired Funded Projects

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