Leeds mill gallery to host ambitious art project

Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley, West Yorkshire, is now a thriving community complex.
Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley, West Yorkshire, is now a thriving community complex.
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A community art gallery in Farsley is hosting some of its most ambitious projects get to celebrate being open 18 months.

One major showcase will be the Arts Council-funded Trouble at Mill event on Saturday December 6,

This will offer visitors “dub, grub, pub and theatre”, consisting of a performance from reggae band Dread Supreme, a pop-up canteen from The Mill kitchen, a specially concocted Trouble at Mill homebrew and a performance of new rollercoaster comedy Bane. Guests are invited to pay what they feel, with no set price on the event.

The first exhibition leading up to Christmas, starting on Friday November 28, will be Presence by the Aire Valley Arts Group. Sunny Bank Mills gallery manager Jane Kay, said a community space like Sunny Bank is ideal to showcase local artists.

She said: “Art Galleries in general tend to give off the impression that they aren’t for the general public, who don’t tend to visit them often. Here at Sunny Bank we’ve created a space to make the community and the artists feel comfortable.

“Their work is getting exposed to crowds who would otherwise be unaware of it and the positive reactions their creations receive are remarkable. This is a true community success.”

The gallery is a former Wool Mill that dates back to 1829. Generations after John Gaunt was appointed as one of the mill’s original board of trustees, the Gaunt family helped revamp the mills after they ceased business in 2008.

Cousins John and William Gaunt started a multi-million pound regeneration programme in 2010 which led to artist’s Jane’s involvement in using ‘the space for an exhibition.

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