2018 Festival

The BEYOND Festival will run from 5th – 22nd July 2018.

Click here to download a .pdf of the festival programme

Click here to download a .pdf map of the BEYOND Festival venues

You can also view events and venue details on the calendar below:

Jun
5
Sun
Swarthmore Highlights @ Coffee Bar, Swarthmore Education Centre
Jun 5 – Jun 24 all-day

The work displayed in the coffee bar at Swarthmore is the End of Year show for students attending the supported painting and drawing classes at the College.
The students have studied different aspects of drawing including mark making, observational drawing, using colour, trying different media, working as a team and working independently.

Students have gained experience and confidence. They have developed social and personal skills through group work, decision making and talking about their work. Gaining knowledge of their own capabilities has built self-esteem and added to their enjoyment of creating works of art. They are very proud of what they have achieved.
Swarthmore opening hours: ring 0113 2432210 for details.

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Jun
9
Thu
Tony Tomlin solo exhibition @ Roots and Fruits
Jun 9 – Jul 8 all-day

Tony Tomlin is a Chapeltown based visual artist, who exhibits around Leeds, he has close links to one of East St Arts smaller sites, Union 105 on Chapeltown Road and is a regular Tuesday morning visitor to the space, where he works on a number of art projects.Tony explores growing up in Chapeltown, religion, politics and humour and will be taking look at Health, Ethics and Goodness at Roots and Fruits Vegetarian Cafe by exhibiting large scale works using a variety of media.

Tony says, “this is about my work, I am producing several artworks. I am concentrating on a series for Roots and Fruits. A series of thumb nail sketches having been established with original ideas, I will show works including ‘Jesus at Roots and Fruits Cafe’ and ‘Impressionistic Bad Art’. Another title I established was ‘Shadow Catcher at Roots and Fruits’. Various art mediums are used, including pencil, acrylics and biros. My ideas are to promote ‘Socialist artworks’ and ‘Christian artworks’.

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Opening – East Street Arts Community Learning end of year exhibition @ Inkwell Arts
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This is an opening event for an exhibition of some of the work that has been produced through ESA’s Community Learning programme this year, celebrating diversity in our local communities.

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Jun
10
Fri
BEYOND Together @ Leeds Town Hall
Jun 10 – Jun 23 all-day

A single exhibition celebrating the work of all the organisations involved in the BEYOND Festival this year.  A pack of postcards will be available explaining how you can get involved, or find out more, about these organisations.

There are wealth of brilliant artists with learning disabilities in Leeds, and a wealth of great oganisations supporting them.  Come to this exhibition as a starting point for finding out more!

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East Street Arts Community Learning End of Year Exhibition @ Inkwell Arts
Jun 10 – Jun 21 all-day

An exhibition of some of the work that has been produced through ESA’s Community Learning programme this year, celebrating diversity in our local communities.

For opening times contact Inkwell 0113 3070 108.  Best hours for public access are 9-5 Mon to Fri and 10-4 Saturday.

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Get Started exhibition (Artlink West Yorkshire) @ Room 700, Leeds Central Library
Jun 10 – Jun 20 all-day

You can view images from Artlink’s Get Started project throughout the BEYOND Festival. This major three-year project worked with professional artists across nine independent living sites and day centres throughout Leeds, together with adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues, and dementia.

The breadth of work explored has seen participants experiment with large scale painting and drawing, bubble sculptures, light projections, animation and drama to name but a few. This is such a vibrant and energetic project with high quality work produced. Through this exhibition, we wanted to share a snapshot of some of this work, capturing the personalities of those involved.

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I Want To Know @ Room 700, Leeds Central Library
Jun 10 – Jun 23 all-day

Examples of work from Pyramid of Arts’ partner organisations in the I Want To Know exchange project, which ran from 2013 – 2015.  Cooperations are based in Wiltz, Luxembourg.  SKID are based in Uberlingen, Germany and KCAT are based in Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland.

The four organisations all visited each other and learned all about the way that they worked, and made many new friends.

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Pyramid of Arts – Bringing the Outside In @ The Tetley
Jun 10 – Jun 23 all-day

From a second floor window in the Tetley, you can see for miles across Leeds.


We chose a point in Holbeck, our base, to begin a walk towards the building, looking carefully around us.


Using our feet and hands and eyes, we explored the ground, the sky and the buildings.
We thought about the earth, the air and the water.


We are Travellers, picking up souvenirs along the way. We will tell you our stories and show you what we have found.


So turn away from that second floor window – and come with us on our journey.

Pyramid of Arts is a collective of around 150 artists with and without learning disabilities who work together to explore and develop their creativity, and to make great art for a wide public.

Our Ribblehead Group work across all artforms, are aged 25 – 65 and meet weekly at our base in Holbeck.

This project is supported by Leeds Inspired.

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Red, Blue, Yellow @ The Newlyn Gallery, West Yorkshire Playhouse
Jun 10 – Jun 23 all-day
Pyramid of Arts’ D4 are photographers Andrew Towse and Anne-Marie Atkinson.
It’s colour. Sausages, paper, a ball, feather, zig zags, art stuff
Get the stuff, picture, camera (snap)
Move on light, light box
Bright colours, they’re nice.
Favourite colour is orange.
– Andrew
Red, blue and yellow are colours we are taught are ‘primary’ when we first start painting or drawing. This means they are the foundation of all other colours. D4 have taken this as a starting point through which to explore our interests, including art-making and sausage sandwiches! The collection is vibrant and varied, united through colour.
 
– Anne-Marie
The BIG Postcard Project @ The Courtyard Café
Jun 10 – Jun 23 all-day

Presented by Creativities Courtyard – The BIG Postcard Project is an open call exhibition of works by artists with learning disabilities from all over the city (and beyond).  The theme is BEYOND and whatever the artist might take that to mean – infinity, a landscape, exceeding your expectations, trying your best… The work might include drawings, paintings, collage, prints, poems, photography or embroidery – as long as it fits on a postcard.  The exhibition is only limited by the size of a postcard, and will prove that, with imagination and creativity in play, that is no limit at all!

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The Purple Patch Approach @ Room 700, Leeds Central Library
Jun 10 – Jun 24 all-day

Purple Patch exists to improve the lives and life chances of people with learning disabilities. We do this by delivering innovative, inclusive, life changing education to people with learning disabilities and the professionals who support them.

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BRITISH informal

a run of success or good luck

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Jun
14
Tue
Church Towers by Stuart Mills @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

A collection of church towers designed and made by Stuart Mills, inspired by his visits to churches around the country.

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Creativities Showcase @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

A selection of work from the Printmaking Group at Creativities in Horsforth.  Lots of wonderful work including lino cuts, mono prints, painting and drawings.

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Design it Yourself @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

The Design It Yourself group will be exhibiting their work produced at the Inc Workshop. The work will represent the results of their exploration of Leeds artists using an array of art forms to express their own identities as artists.

The artists’ main focus is on producing quality work that is saleable and a variety of screen prints will be available to purchase. The funds from this will go towards buying arts equipment for the artists to help them pursue their artistic careers.

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

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High Rise and Aspire (Pyramid of Arts) @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

Photographs taken during the sessions at Pyramid of Arts’ High Rise project and at three of the Aspire Day Centres. Showing individual creativity, social inclusion and wellbeing.

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

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LEEP 1 Comics @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

“Comics Power” is a form of grassroots comics journalism that uses comics as a communication tool. The objective is to tell the stories of the “silent majority”. Through sharing stories awareness can be raised about the issues effecting everyday people. This project was set up fifteen years ago in India by Sharad Sharma, he has gone on to create “World Comics Network” and has trained tens of thousands of people around the globe to be comics journalists and trainers . This project was delivered as an East Street Arts community learning course and was facilitated by Kerri Butterworth.

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

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Photography Competition @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

The shortlisted entries from the 2016 Leeds Learning Disability Week photography competition.

The competition celebrates the wonderful diversity of Learning Disability and seeks to encourage people with learning disabilities to show us what matters to them about their lives.

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Specialist Autism Services Textiles Group @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

Artist statement:  We see our work as a way of expressing the illumination of our personal spectrum of light that lives within every one of us and is more commonly known as Asperger’s.  We live in a world where people make negative assumptions and horrible judgements about us often based on how we look and behave. When you look at our tailor’s dummy you cannot make any judgements about what is inside. But when you open the ‘Shoddy’ bag you will find a kaleidoscope of beautiful labels that reflect our creativity, ideas, knowledge, feelings and each individual truth.

William Chivers
Michele Dore
Adele Hanson
Ellie Hudson
Adam Oun
Melissa Pearson

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The Dark Light @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day
Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.
“Cloth, silver foil, cotton wool, bandages, balls of wool, and wire onto scanner. The room is dark. When the light comes down, we move the things on the scanner around. It makes the picture stripey. Make 3 –front, middle, back – and put in Photoshop, changing to see-through. We see faces in the patterns”
Andrew
“These explorations of darkness and light are each completely unique. The same image could never be captured twice. Each one records the force of our hands on the materials, and our organic and spontaneous movements. Both distorted and detailed, the images invite multifaceted interpretations”
Anne-Marie
The Golden Bird by Buzz Creative Arts Course @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

A photographic exhibition interpreting the Polish folk tale of The Golden Bird and the illustration work of Jan Pienkowski.

Students from the Course spent time developing the same marbling techniques that Pienkowski used and researching the stories he has illustrated. This developed into creating a live version of the story using an OHP projector and hand cut lighting gels to make the set silhouettes. Local community photographer Les Parkinson has taken the photos for this exhibition, please also take a look at the accompanying art work which shows some of the development of the project over the last 8 months.

Buzz Creative Arts Course is a multi-arts alternative education course for young learning disabled people, based at First Floor, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s creative space for all young people.

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Walking in our Shoes II @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

In 2015 the Pyramid of Arts Eden Group were invited to be one of the Ambassador Organisations for the British Art Show 8 during its time at Leeds City Art Gallery.

The Eden artists explored the gallery as it was transformed to host the show, visiting several times including when the gallery was be emptied to make way for the show. The group wanted to create individual works which would reflect their characters, and also the experience of moving around a city and a gallery space, so they decorated shoes. They then animated these shoes and made films moving around the gallery. The film is incorporated in their final piece – a giant shoe.

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What’s In A Label? @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

Work by artist Alice Clayden, in collaboration with several local community groups.

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

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Wonderopolis @ Left Bank
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

Open 10am – 5pm, 14th – 17th June, and 20th – 23rd June.

Since last October members of The Bridge have been engaged in learning new skills in clay with ceramic artist Jo Lee. During their creative journey, they have progressed from rolling out a flat slab of clay to being able to manipulate this beautifully tactile material into 3D vessels.. For this exhibition, giving flight to their individual imaginations, the group have embellished simple shapes, creating wondrous colourful characters with personalised magical patterns, colour and imagery. Each piece has then been joined together, stretching skywards, to represent the strange and magical world that is….’Wonderopolis’.

The Bridge (Health for All) is a friendly, person centred, small scale day service for adults with learning disabilities based in Holbeck, South Leeds. We were established in 2010 as a result of the modernisation of learning disability services in Leeds and one of the first alternative providers of day time care. Our members have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities ranging from sports, cooking and computers to all kinds of art forms which we love! Theatre, dance, singing, music, painting and now ceramics form a large part of daily life at The Bridge.

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Jun
18
Sat
BEYOND Festival Day at West Yorkshire Playhouse @ West Yorkshire Playhouse
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To book: FREE, just turn up

Bringing you a day of exciting live performances from:

Buzz at First Floor, Mind the Gap, Practically Theatre, DJ School, Beautiful Octopus Club House Band, Yorkshire Dance, Dramability, The Pyramid of Arts Singers, YAMSEN Choirs and more.

Join us at West Yorkshire Playhouse for an afternoon of pop-up performances in the foyer, outside and within the bar area of the Playhouse. Enjoy lunch or a coffee whilst performers entertain you, or chill out and watch from afar in one of our calm spaces.

All performances are free. You do not need to book for most of the events.

Times for specific performances will be confirmed soon.  Please check back here for times.

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Jun
20
Mon
Creativities Showcase @ Left Bank
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day

A selection of work from the Printmaking Group at Creativities in Horsforth.

Lots of wonderful work including lino cuts, mono prints, painting and drawings.

 

Leeds and Beyond @ Leeds Town Hall
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Children from the Leeds Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres will be gathering at Leeds Town Hall on 20th June during the day to create an interactive musical journey along the Leeds Liverpool Canal to celebrate it’s completion 200 years ago.

They will be: playing the gamelan, ukuleles, and percussion instruments; displaying their own barge art ; the One Accord choir will be singing and Northern Ballet will lead groups from each SILC in a dance. It will all accompanied by the Hail Bails and YAMSEN and Artforms staff.

An audience are welcome to attend from 1pm – 2pm.  Tickets £3.00 available on the door.

This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Jun
24
Sat
Pop-Up Festival @ Leeds City Museum
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

As part of Leeds’ Learning Disability Week, the BEYOND organisations bring you a free showcase day at the City Museum featuring dance, performance, workshops, activities and visual art from Artlink, The Bridge / Health for All, Northern Ballet, Practically Theatre, Purple Patch Arts and Pyramid of Arts.