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News Canal Mills
Historic Leeds' venue Canal Mills to reopen as cutting-edge creative space
Canal Mills, the imposing 19th century, textile mill will reopen as Leeds’ most innovative new multi-arts and music venue this Autumn. Masterminded by Leeds-based events company Sound Channel, Canal Mills will showcase an array of electronic music events, live gigs, art exhibitions, theatrical projects and film screenings.
Situated adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, the venue sits on the outskirts of the city centre and was originally one of the cities leading textile mills during the industrial boom of the 19th century.
In celebration of the venue’s illustrious history, Sound Channel are exploring an eclectic roster of music, visual arts, theatre…
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…
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…
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…
Opera North organised a special 24 hour hack event to show the wealth of information stored by the north's cultural organisations
When we think of the word "hack" nowadays we normally associate it with identity theft and fraud but on 12th-13th November many major cultural institutions from the North happily opened up their digital archives as part of Culture Hack North: Leeds 2011.
The group of 50 computer hackers spent 24 hours in teams using the fountain of information at their tech-savvy finger tips to develop innovate and inspired "hacks". For this non-stop event, organised by Opera North, organisations opened up their cache of "hidden" data.
Organisations from across the North including Breeze Leeds, The Cornerhouse, Culture Grid, Leeds Libraries,…
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…
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,…
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…