Leeds roller derby skaters inspire art exhibition at mental health charity

Leeds Roller Dolls have inspires an exibition at Inkwell Arts.''Picture: Jason Ruffell, Roller Derby on Film
Leeds Roller Dolls have inspires an exibition at Inkwell Arts.''Picture: Jason Ruffell, Roller Derby on Film
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FAST and furious skaters at Leeds Roller Dolls have inspired an art exhibition which opens this week.

Hit so Hard, a collection of art and photography, opens on Friday at Inkwell Arts, an exhibition space ran by mental health charity Leeds Mind to promote wellbeing through creativity and art. The Dolls supported the charity in its fundraising last year.

Rowan Sandle, who skates with the Dolls and also works for Leeds Mind, said: “As both a proud member of staff at Leeds Mind and a Leeds Roller Doll, I’m excited to see these two parts of my life colliding. Inkwell was set up with the belief that community and wellbeing can be fostered through creative practice. Similarly, I have found roller derby positive for my own wellbeing. I believe it’s about far more than just playing a game”.

Artists associated with Inkwell Arts have contributed to the exhibition, as well as international roller derby photographer Jason Ruffell.

He said of his work: “Photographing roller derby is a challenge. A challenge to capture the athleticism, skill and agility of the skaters as they compete in this full-contact sport.”

The exhibition runs until February 10

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