Genera 2015

The Gott Bequest and Light Night

The Genera Project is a series of workshops leading up to the Light Night festival on October 9th 2015. Within each workshop Inkwell artists and the community are responding to the Gott Bequest, a special collection of approximately 500 beautiful botanical and gardening books housed in Leeds central Library.

You can find out more about Beryl Gott and the Gott Bequest here

The series of workshops and excursions happening over July, August and September are led by selected artists and practitioners from across Leeds and will allow everyone to get involved with the process of exploring the possibilities for the Genera Installation that will be created for Light Night through various mediums and practices such as drawings, painting, digital media and sculpture.

The Genera Project is supported by Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council

Genera Workshops

Lighting and Animation Workshop

Join Carl Allport who is a former Fine Art lecturer and current tutor at the Bradford Film school and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of lighting in film, photography and animation for this two session course.

Price £2 per session

Please book in advance

A Brush with the Wild

Wednesday 19th August 10am -4pm

Join artist Kevin Hickson on a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to visit the exhibitions and grounds. Followed by an Al Fresco landscape painting session in the afternoon.

Price £4 per person

Please book in advance

*Price includes a simple packed lunch

Abstract Forms

Monday 24th August – Weds 26th August

3.30pm -6.30pm

@ Inkwell, Chapel Allerton

Artist and Sculptor Rebecca Appleby will be running this three day course in drawing, painting and sculpture responding to the botanical drawings books in the Gott Bequest. The course will cover mark making, abstraction and creating a piece of sculpture taken from drawings and paintings produced.

Find out more about Rebecca and her work on her website

Price £6 per person ( adults only)

Please book in advance

Maker day

Leeds Central Library, Art Library, 1st Floor

Wednesday 2nd Sept

3pm – 6.30pm

Makers come show your creations and share skills. learn new skills, network and create art for Light Night.

The Inkwell Craft team will be here making dotwork lanterns.

Free, no booking required.

For more information call 0113 2476016 or visit

Light Night Symphony Orchestra

Leeds Central Library, Art Library, 1st Floor

Saturday 5th Sept

10.30am – 1pm

Children ages 8-12yrs

Come and create a symphony using found sounds in the library and learn basic music editing techniques with professional musicians and composers.

Free but please call 0113 2476016 to book a place.

Children’s Shadow Puppet Theatre

Saturday Sept 12th & Sunday Sept 13th

10am -12.30pm

@Inkwell, Chapel Allerton

The children’s Shadow Puppet workshop will inspire children to make and create their very own puppet and to star and perform in a shadow puppet play. The play will be filmed and edited to create a full performance which will be screened at our Saturday Cafe on the 19th September at 2.30pm

Cost £2 per child

Please book in advance

*Parents and guardians must remain on the premises for the duration of the session

Pin Hole Camera Workshop for children

Saturday Sept 26th

Session #1 : 10.30am -12.30pm
Session #2 : 1.30pm -3.30pm

@Inkwell, Chapel Allerton

Artist collaborators Mindy Goose and Mat Dale invite you to explore pinhole photography. You will make a camera from everyday materials and experience the magic of developing your own prints!

Suitable for ages 8 – 16 years

Very limited spaces.

£3 Per Child. Please book in advance stating which session you would like to attend.

Tel: 0113 3070108

*Parents and guardians must remain on the premises for the duration of the session

Copper Jewellery Workshop

Saturday Sept 26th

10.30am -4pm

@Inkwell, Chapel Allerton

Learn to manipulate copper metal to create beautiful organic shapes and forms that can be turned into jewellery.

Teresa is a trained goldsmith and state certified metal designer from Germany whose passion and expertise will help guide and inspire you in this small group, offering one to one tuition during this full days workshop.

Suitable for complete beginners or more experienced jewellery makers who want to expand their knowledge of metal work.

Very limited spaces.

Cost £25 waged/ £15 unwaged

Please book in advance

How to Book a Place

Due to limited spaces available workshops places need to be booked in advance. Please call us on 0113 3070108 to see if there are spaces available, or pop in to see us in our office in Chapel Allerton. Payment for the workshop is required at the time of booking.

Find us at:

31 Potternewton lane
Chapel Allerton

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