Artist Profile: Andrew Towse

Andrew Towse

What kind of artwork do you like to do?
Pyramid of Arts. Pictures of people. Work. Picture, photo.

How do you make your photo-collages?
Put the picture onto the paper, cut, and glue it on. And shadow.

What kinds of things have you made collages about?
Animals; Skegness Zoo; planes, airport; Pyramid of Arts all together; more planes, army planes; Skegness people; race car; more animal; live [music]; Leeds Rhinos; food; trains.

What is the big project you have been working on for BEYOND?
Sausage. Picture, sausage. Red, yellow, blue. A map of cafés. A box. Sausage. Box, square, inside picture on it, sausage.

Is this your favourite project?
Yes, I like sausage.

When did you first start doing art and photography?
School. Painting. I did a picture of a camera and a hand, shadow. Black and white.

Do you think your art has developed since then?
Yes. Laptop. Photoshop.

You’ve given talks about your work in Hull and Manchester, how did you find that?

Andrew’s project, The Sausage Atlas, will be exhibited in Leeds Kirkgate Market event space from 5th-22nd July.  Click here for details.

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


Artist Profile: Jem Clancy

Jem Clancy

My name is Jem and I have been living in Leeds for the last two and a half years. I am a dance artist and my work is typically bold, colourful and immersive. I really enjoy working in multiple mediums, with visual art and film forming important features in my  choreography. Currently, I am really interested in using dance to communicate thoughts, feelings and experiences of those who are marginalised or otherwise overlooked in our society.

Communication in general fascinates me and I enjoy creating choreography that addresses emotions, which cannot always sufficiently be shared in words. I am passionate about making dance accessible and I really enjoy teaching and the process of creative  collaboration. It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to learn through dance and I strive to make positive change through my work, whether I am a teacher, student, creator or performer. I am so excited to have been awarded a commission for this year’s BEYOND festival and incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

You can see ]em’s work at BEYOND @ Kirkgate Market on 14th July and at Northern Ballet on 11th July (evening), 12th July (afternoon) and 12th July (evening).

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!