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Andrew Towse exhibition

Photographer Andrew Towse will be bringing his new exhibition, Ready for Take-Off, to Leeds Industrial Museum in December 2021.

The exhibition features a series of photographs from Andrew’s visits to Lincoln Aviation Heritage Centre, home of his favourite aircraft the WW2 Lancaster bomber, Just Jane.

The collection features photos of the aircraft and also a series of portraits of the staff and volunteers who work at the centre.

Andrew has published a book of his photography and made a zine about Just Jane to accompany the exhibition.

Questions questions

On 20th July we’ll be hosting a symposium at Studio 24 to discuss the issues and barriers that exist for artists with learning disabilities, and what we might be able to do together to overcome those barriers.  The questions we’ll be asking are:

Question1: What are the barriers holding back learning disabled artists from being out in the mainstream more?

Question 2: How can we use our influence to create more opportunities in venues, and what are the problems that are stopping the venues?

Question 3: Are learning disabled artists and organisations really included in the debates around diversity or are we just clumped together when people talk about about disability but not as valued as much as physically disabled artists are?

Question 4: How can we create change more quickly?

You can contribute to the discussion in advance of the symposium by chatting to us on facebook or twitter and book your free symposium tickets by clicking here.  (These links will all open in a new window.)

Call out for learning disabled artists / inclusive arts organisations

On Saturday 14th July we will host a day of performance at Leeds Kirkgate Market.

We’re really excited to already be bringing you performances from Mind the Gap, Practically Theatre, Coactive Arts and Northern Ballet (and would like to thank all those organisations for donating their time and talent to the day!)  We’re now looking for more films, dance, performance and installations to join our fantastic programme. So if you’re an artist with learning disabilities or an inclusive arts organisation from Leeds or further afield and want an opportunity to showcase your work, then get in touch!

Kirkgate Market is a loud, busy public space and we want to fill it with lots of different kinds of work that celebrate you and your work and BEYOND!  (Please note: this does also mean that it is not suitable for performances with lots of spoken text.)

This is an opportunity to be part of a growing network and community of artists and organisations that are working together to bring performances by/for people with learning disabilities into a public space.

Tech requirements
As it is in a public space, we are looking for low-tech pieces but we do have access to sound, power and a screen.

Artists/Organisations must be available 14th July 2018.
Must also be available to travel to Leeds beforehand (ideally 13th June) to meet us and see the space.

There are no fees attached to any of the performances or installations taking place at this event.  We can cover travel costs though – please email us ( for more information.

Leeds is a city which cares passionately for arts and creative activity and for many years there has been a wonderful range of organisations that support people in getting involved, trying out, exploring and developing their creativity.  This includes organisations which work exclusively with people with learning disability, as well as major international arts organisations that run projects and activities.  Within the organisations, the arts can be used for education, skills development, health, sociability and fun.

BEYOND 2016 saw these organisations all working together for the first time to celebrate and promote this great work.  It was also an opportunity for people with learning disabilities and their friends and family to find out more about the huge range of arts activity available to them.  To find out more about the organisations involved please view the partners page.

Please complete this online form:

or alternatively click here to download the form and email it to


Meet the Producers

We are thrilled to welcome two new freelance producers to the BEYOND team.

Paul WilshawPaul Wilshaw
I am a learning disabled artist studying at Mind the Gap. I am passionate about being a theatre-maker and developing my professional abilities. I write songs, poetry and drama and have been working in theatre for 20 years. I’m excited to be co-producer on the festival and can’t wait for you to see the work that is being created.

Hannah WoodsHannah Woods
I am a creative producer and dramaturge based in Manchester. Community, participation and experimentation are central to my work. I’m committed to ensuring we engage diverse audiences and support all our artists to create extraordinary and inspiring art that is for everyone. I’m really excited to be a part of BEYOND!