Fundrasiers & Community Events
Inkwell May Day
May day at Inkwell is now a firm fixture in our diaries and is the highlight of our calendar of events. Described as ‘the start of the North Leeds Summer’ so far we have held three events since starting in 2011. Making use of our lovely spacious garden there is plenty of room for numerous attractions and activities. The garden comes alive with handmade colourful bunting and decorations, with live music on our outdoor stage, a Real Ale tent, craft stalls, circus workshops and children’s activities. May day is a family friendly event for people of all ages. If the sunshine gets too much for you outside, you can relax indoors with some vegetarian food and live acoustic music for some gentler entertainment.
Mayday is a joyous celebration for our community here in LS7, our friends, artists and supporters. It is the biggest event we hold annually. For three years running, as well as the other activities and attractions we have hosted an open annual May Day exhibition of our resident artists and local artists work. The range and styles of work produced here at Inkwell is diverse and wonderful and our annual show showcases the amazing talent we have here.
We are currently developing and planning another annual fundraiser to be held each year. Our Midsummer Event was trialed in June 2012 and this year we are working towards a bigger more ambitious plan to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
Our trial event was ‘A Midsummer’s Masquerade’, a magical masked medieval event with live music, homemade food, entertainers and real ale. Inkwell was transformed into a dreamy, enchanted venue, with lighting effects and decorations with a woodland, Midsummer theme. With lots of colourful and fun craft activities for guests to take part in, mask making proved very popular on the day.
Costumes, masks, twinkly lights, folk musicians and tasty food were all added to by the spectacular Olympic Torch passing that evening. Crowds gathered in the street to watch the torch bearer and the evening wound down inside our art space with some dancing and more live performances.