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Feature 12 Months of Neon Love

A look back at a year of glowing lyrics on a roof in Wakefield

It’s been a year since the launch of a glowingly ambitious art project – 12 Months of Neon Love. The project began, appropriately enough, on Valentine’s Day 2011 and this month sees the final in the series of 12 love lyrics light up Wakefield’s skyline in blazing red lettering.

In that time, we’ve seen a host of tender, romantic and heart-broken lyrics, all borrowed from well-known songs – there’s "I’m in Love, I’m all shook up, uh-huh-huh" (Elvis), "Love is a losing game" (Amy Winehouse), and "Love, love will tear us apart, again" (Joy Division).

"12 Months of Neon Love…

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Feature Opera North's Little Voices

Tom Goodhand attends a drama and music group designed for parents and their babies or toddlers in the wonderful Howard Assembly Room

Opera North has long been established as one of Leeds’ premier arts companies, and the opening of the Howard Assembly Room in January 2009 gave them a home, a venue that they can call their own. The room has acted in the past as a musical hall, a cinema and an adult cinema, before closing in the mid-80s until Opera North reopened it.

As a built-for-purpose venue which has had significant acoustic work done on it by Opera North, the Howard Assembly Room is an acoustically superb space, built to make the very best of the sounds that…

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News New Gallery GreySpace Gives Fresh Perspective on Art

New gallery space opens at Broadcasting House showing works in progress

Remember maths exams where you got marks for the working out? Well new gallery GreySpace seems to think the world of equations is onto something – sometimes how you get to the end result is just as important as the outcome itself.

Bringing an exciting new idea to the art world, GreySpace Galleries will be exhibiting pieces which are not the final works, but the precursors, mapping a trajectory of the creative process. James Woolley, curator of the gallery, hopes this approach will allow more considered viewing by showing people how artists create their pieces.

Woolley says: "GreySpace Galleries is…

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News The Art Gallery at Flannels Opens

Third floor of the Vicar Lane fashion store becomes a new gallery

Flannels is the home of a new, vibrant art gallery which is open now week on the Third Floor of the shop on Vicar Lane.

This new gallery is a budding enterprise between Leeds City College and The Flannels Group which will be showcasing work from its students and teachers alike. This exciting new venture brings together art appreciation and fine dining as the gallery shares its location with The Food Academy, a new dining experience also run by Leeds City College.

The gallery is curated by the College’s Creative Arts Faculty and will be opening with a…

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Feature Leeds Art Gallery Introduces New 'Artineraries'

The gallery is trying to show art lovers that no matter how short on time you are, you can still soak up some culture

There aren’t enough hours in the day, so the old saying goes, but according to the people behind the Leeds Art Gallery‘s new ‘Artineraries’ project you don’t need an hour to appreciate great art, in fact sometimes you only need five minutes.

Aware that with people retuning to school and work following the summer holidays, the gallery have come up with a series of ways to enjoy the art on offer, tailored to fit a time frame of five minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 50 minutes. Each time frame covers a variety of work, including sculptures, interactive art,…

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Interview The Leeds Savage Club - Amy Taylor and Greg Webster

We find out about a little Leeds hub of creativity

Amy: The name of our club, the ‘savages’, comes from a Victorian, literary concept of the ‘noble savage’. It claimed that the only way to be free, was to be a savage who had no connection to structured society. Only then could one achieve true inspiration.

Greg: At the Leeds Savage Club, our mission is to help those who are interested in writing and drawing to overcome their attitude of ‘I can’t do it’, and to actually enjoy exhibiting their creativity.

Amy: Our meetings force members to spend their time drawing and writing. We set them a task for the…

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Shop Profile New Selling Gallery in Leeds City Centre

Whitewall Galleries open in Victoria Quarter

One of the country’s leading galleries, Whitewall, opened in Leeds’ premier shopping destination, Victoria Quarter on Tuesday 23rd August.

Beautifully designed and with a definite aura of luxury about it, the gallery is the perfect environment in which to select artworks, whether buying collectable Limited Editions or expanding an existing collection of original paintings.

The gallery brings another dimension to the centre’s mix of stores, and offers a phenomenal portfolio of fine artists, ranging from top international names and award winners such as Rolf Harris CBE, Sherree Valentine Daines and Rebecca Lardner to the most exceptional new talents…

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Feature Junction Project

Look out for specially commissioned works of art on the junction boxes of Leeds city centre

If you want your art to stop the traffic, literally, look out for a Leeds-based project doing just that. A quirky project, Junction, aims to provide eye-catching diversions for people in the city centre.

Leeds Met Gallery and Studio Theatre commissioned artists and groups to transform the normally dull, grey and unobtrusive controller boxes in Leeds city centre into temporary works of art.

“Everyday we walk by these neglected metal boxes without a second thought,” say the artists behind the project. “Junction gave artists and designers the chance to transform these tired boxes into vibrant, intriguing and humorous interventions…

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Review Four Seasons Summer Concert at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Opera North bring the second of four seasonal concerts to the YSP

In what threatened to be a rain soaked Yorkshire Sculpture Park on an otherwise agreeable Friday evening, Opera North’s second Four Seasons concert, Summer, began in James Turrell’s Skyspace. This magnificent venue is situated within the park’s 18th century grade II listed deer shelter.

South Indian-inspired Yorkshire art organisation Manasamitra presented Venkatesh Chandirasekharan on mridangam, Kamaljeet Ajimal on santoor and Supriya Nagarajan on vocals, bringing to life the Skyspace with a selection of Indian music. This intimate performance benefited from the panorama of the sky through the cut out window in the…

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Feature Leeds Underground Art

Sophie Haydock looks at some of the best visual art going on just beneath the surface in Leeds

To slip between the cracks in an urban environment is always revealing. What can be found when you veer sharply away from a city’s mainstream? It is undeniably those autonomous spaces, collective energies and unofficial languages that jumpstart real culture.

Leeds’ underground visual arts scene is nothing short of vibrant. Without funding, endorsement or corporate sponsorship, there are dozens of artistically minded individuals, groups and organisations in the city, helping to create a more creative and happier Leeds. You don’t have to have a degree in fine art to appreciate what’s on offer. You don’t have to live in the…

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