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News Yorkshire Arts Organisations ‘Hacked’ As Part of Leeds Digital Festival

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,…

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Review Top Hat at Leeds Grand Theatre

Classic movie musical is a roaring success at Leeds Grand

It is remarkable to consider that some 76 years after the classic RKO movie musical premiered, we finally have a stage production of – arguably – Irving Berlin’s finest musical, the wonderful Top Hat (1935).

American stage performer Jerry Travers (Tom Chambers) is visiting London to appear in producer/friend Horace Hardwick’s (Martin Ball) new production. Naturally boy meets girl, Dale Tremont (Summer Strallen), and our rather haughty girl immediately takes a dislike to our cheeky Romeo – not least for tap dancing on her ceiling at night. Add in a cast of wacky characters, some spousal violence, comedy foreigners, the…

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News Wolfgang Manz Take up the Role of Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music

Internationally acclaimed German pianist will be leading students at the Leeds college

Wolfgang Manz, an internationally acclaimed German pianist, officially took up the position of visiting professor at Leeds College of Music last week. The college is first education institution in the UK to welcome a world renowned pianist in an official teaching capacity, and Manz began his tenure in style with an exclusive recital of works by Beethoven and Liszt on the College of Music’s new Steinway Model D Concert Grand.

The recital on 20th November honoured the college’s recently acquired status as an All-Steinway School – the only English conservatoire to hold such a title. Earlier this year Manz’s…

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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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Review Coelacanth

A funny and moving monologue at The Carriageworks

Ben Moor’s Coelacanthis a love story set against the (imagined) world of competitive tree climbing. A monologue which details a love story between Moor’s character and an unnamed American woman, the play dips in and out of the surreal, but the essence of this tenderly told story keeps both its feet on the ground throughout.

Both funny and moving, the story unfurls into a strange and hypnotic exploration of the human condition, charting a young man’s journey into love and grief, loyalty and loss. The monologue is dreamlike without being tedious and intelligent without being pompous or chilly.

Moor’s masterful…

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Review Paint it White

A play about the trials and tribulations of following Leeds United comes to the West Yorkshire Playhouse

In the unlikely event that anyone found themselves in the Courtyard Theatre at West Yorkshire Playhouse last night not knowing what to expect, this was comprehensively summarised within the first five minutes of Paint it White, the Les Rowley adaptation of Leeds Superfan Gary Edwards book. Before anyone had got comfortable in their seats Edwards, played with passion and vigour by Leeds-born Gary Dunnington, had offered us the ‘Leeds Salute’, serenaded us with a ‘Leeds, Leeds, Leeds’ chant and denounced “…that lot over the Pennine’s…” as ‘Scum’, and that was pretty much the theme of the evening.

Of course…

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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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