Leeds students put art work up for sale at pop-up shop

'Upcycled' clothes, customised sneakers and screen-printed bags are some of the unique gifts up for grabs at a three-day arts college sale.

In a local first, Leeds College of Art's students – both past and present – are opening an art and design "pop-up" shop at the college's landmark Vernon Street building, off Millennium Square, from Thursday.

Work by 41 talented artists will go on sale, including hand-held face fans, upcycled second hand clothing, hand-crafted jewellery, handmade hats, ceramics, screen-printed fabrics, cushions, bags and paper, paintings and hand-painted and hand-drawn trainers.

The sale was the brainchild of Bridget March, co-ordinator of enterprise studies at the college, who hopes that it will become an annual event.

She said: "It's unusual for an art college to have a public sale of work and this is a new venture.

"It's something that I have been working towards for a while and something that the students are excited about.

"We are hoping to catch people who visit the German Market at Millennium Square, and impress them with the listed building and talented work of our students."

Pop-ups are short-lived ventures that have become popular since the recession among businesses that want the freedom to come and go as they choose.

Temporary nightclubs, one-off food sales and transient exhibitions are just some of the pop-ups currently moving around Leeds.

Entry to the Leeds College of Arts pop-up shop is free, and there is an opportunity to enter a raffle and win a selected piece of original work and a VIP invitation to the college's end of year show in June.

The event is supported by artsmix*, a social project that aims to create arts-based opportunities and runs regular markets at The Loft, Brewery Wharf and Clarence Dock in Leeds, as well as Castle Howard and Pudsey. The shop opens from 4pm until 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 10am until 3pm on Saturday.

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