We love this time of year at Inkwell. Autumn brings with it a new term, new students, fresh faces and a rejuvenated team after the summer break. October is also the time of year the Love Arts Festival starts and we are really thrilled to be the organisers of some of the great line up of events happening.
The Love Arts Festival aims to get people thinking and talking about mental health and to reduce the related stigma that so many people experience. The arts are a fantastic vehicle to explore these complex issues as well as an important medium for participation and inclusion for people affected by mental health difficulties. This year they have drawn their inspiration from the power of storytelling to create understanding and harness creativity.
Many of our volunteers and students are currently exhibiting in The Light on the Headrow in Leeds: ‘Highlights’ is the dazzling annual showcase of artwork by members of Arts & Minds. The network includes people who use mental health services, carers, mental health workers, and artists with an interest in mental health issues.
The exhibition opening coincided with the start of the festival and there was a real buzz amongst the artists and guests on Wednesday night.
Exhibition Times: 2nd – 13th October , Every day, 9am – 11pm
This Sunday there will be the ‘Shoulder Stories’ exhibition opening from 2pm – 5pm. Come and relive some of the stories and history of the Shoulder of Mutton and enjoy the journey it has made from pub to the creative community hub that is Inkwell. You can read an interesting article ‘From Ales to Art’ written by David Mackie that shares some insight into the history of the pub and the area. The Shoulder Stories exhibition runs from 7th October – 2nd November.
October 18th – The Secret Cinema will be hosting an evening of film at Inkwell. Normally scheduled for the last Friday of every month this extra screening has been put on specially for the festival. So come along and enjoy the magic of the big screen and keep your eyes peeled for clues to what film will be shown.
Admission is completely free and doors open at 6.30pm. We serve refreshments, cakes, popcorn and simple snacks.
If you would like to find out more about our monthly free cinema nights please click here.
As well as these events at Inkwell there are exhibitions across the city that our volunteers and artists have been working towards.
‘Love Blossoms over Time’ in Leeds City centre. Using mixed media of paint, collage, textiles and paper craft, Jane Mullins’ work represents Love and Hope. Rich colours, and themes inspired by Oriental and Asian cultures are major influences in her work. The exhibition is located at Arch Cafe, in the grounds of St John’s Church, Briggate. It is a light, airy place with a friendly social atmosphere in which to enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat. All money from the Arch Cafe goes to support the work of Age UK Leeds (supporting older people across the city).
Place and Memory has been a journey of discovery for three of our Inkwell artists who were chosen to be part of this ambitious creative and professional development project along with five other artists, writers and filmmakers from Leeds.
Holy Trinity church is the atmospheric backdrop for a breadth of work that responds to the city of Leeds.
The Place & Memory artists are Amanda Burton, Donna Coleman, Sarah Deakin, Charys Ellmer, Sandy Holden, Lorna Johnstone, Morticia and Nigel Stone
Opening night: Friday 11 October, Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane (6pm – 8pm)
The exhibition runs until Saturday 19th October. 10.00am – 3.00pm daily, Monday -Saturday
Saturday 12th October – Place and Memory – The Film
3pm – 4pm at White Cloth Gallery.
The Festival Finale will be an award ceremony taking place on the 24th October. Love Arts Awards recognise the contribution of people, groups and organisations in Yorkshire who have made a real difference to people’s mental wellbeing through the arts. The awards are a fantastic way of giving something back. Inkwell’s very own Craft Cafe won the Arts in Health Award last year which we are still very proud of.
The full festival program with details of all the events going on can be found here. We hope you will find something you will enjoy.