Lighting up the story of an architectural gem at Leeds Library

Inside The Leeds Library, on Commercial Street.
Inside The Leeds Library, on Commercial Street.
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PASSERS-By on Commercial Street will be able to cast their eyes on some dazzling sights over the course of this week.

An array of images and words, created by local light artist Jonnie Khan, are being projected onto the windows of The Leeds Library as part of a programme of events running between now and March 22, celebrating this city centre gem.

The Hidden Diamond: The Many Facets of The Leeds Library includes performances by the poet Rommi Smith and features the work of artist William Dawson. Vocalist Christella Litras, accompanied by musician Giles Winterton, will also be performing songs in the library at 6.30pm on selected evenings.

The programme, funded by Leeds Inspired, Arts Council Yorkshire and the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, also includes guided tours of the Library, workshops and talks.

Nima Poovaya-Smith, director of Alchemy which is collaborating on the project, said: “The source of inspiration for this project was as much the diamond as The Leeds Library itself.

“The Library’s holdings on the subject are fascinating, including traveller’s tales, beautifully illustrated books and all of the great classics in which the diamond plays a pivotal role, such as Anthony Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds and Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone.

“These are great stories. They are also wonderful parables about love, loss, mystery, greed and desire.”

l For more details visit www.theleedslibrary.org.uk of contact 0113 2453071.

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