Leeds: LOOP Arts Fair gets under way in city

CREATIVE HUB: From left, at Marshall Mills are Jay Cover, Laura Wellington and Neil Owen. PIC: Simon Hulme

CREATIVE HUB: From left, at Marshall Mills are Jay Cover, Laura Wellington and Neil Owen. PIC: Simon Hulme

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Friday sees the first LOOP Arts Fair gets under way in Leeds.

Running until Sunday (June 19) some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary illustrators, graphic designers and artists will show off their works in the city.

Marshall’s Mill and the Holbeck Urban Village will be transformed into working studios, print shops, publishing houses and workshops.

Curated by Jay Cover of design collective Nous Vous, the Loop Arts Fairs is billing itself as the first applied arts weekend of its kind in the North.

Jay Cover said: “Holbeck Urban Village is becoming a hub for creative companies as well as an area renowned for innovation from an age when the area served as a powerhouse of the industrial revolution.

“Applied arts act as a catalyst for social evolution, responding to ever changing social, environmental and economic concerns.

“The artists are dynamic innovators and this is why we’ve picked Holbeck Urban Village for our first fair.”

The graphic artists and designers taking part included: Nous Vous; Jez Burrows; Analogue Books; Matt Hodson; and Drew Millward.

They have worked on national and international projects from exhibitions to magazine illustrations, online journals to poster designs, workshops and book stores.

Divided into three strands – work, talk and play – the fair features open studios, workshops and exhibitions from artists including Qubik, TOY, Jez Burrows and Lizzy Stewart.

Visitors can buy limited edition prints at the LOOP Arts store and join in live workshops.

There will be talks, discussions and round-tables by the artists and studios across the weekend.

LOOP will host a programme of daytime and evening entertainment with PLAY featuring music, live art and interactive activities.

On Sunday Kibbo-Kift will close the weekend with an evening of spoken word and live music performance.

Over the weekend, Leeds’ favourite Out of the Woods café will be serving delicious food and drink.

Tickets from £7, weekend passes are £20.

Visit: www.looparts.co.uk