Messages Across Leeds: Art in the bag with tour in a suitcase

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Marianne Springham.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Marianne Springham.
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A suitcase full of art equipment is to be taken to Leeds community hotspots over the next three months, in a bid to encourage people to express themselves.

Messages Across Leeds is a pop-up community arts project organised by Leeds College of Art’s community department and students on its Visual Communication BA degree course.

They are determined to take their art into the community and ‘make the world a better place to be’.

The workshops will give individuals the opportunity to have their say and be part of six exciting exhibitions across the city in March 2012.

Marianne Springham, of the project, which received £17,000 funding from the Skills Funding Agency, said: “It brings communities together, encourages people to express themselves and do something different. It is making the world a better place to be.”

She said the pop-up workshop would be visiting libraries, shopping centres, Kirkgate Market and smaller groups and venues.

“It is designed to be inclusive and work with as many people across Leeds as possible, especially within deprived areas.

It will encourage people to be as creative as possible, inviting them to send a message to the Lord Mayor of Leeds, or give the city of Leeds a piece of advice, or make a piece of street art.

The tour starts on Saturday December 3, at Chapeltown’s Christmas Fair, Roscoe Methodist Church, from noon.

Other dates include Seacroft WMC, at Ironwood View on December 6, from 4-8pm; the Compton Centre in Harehills on December 13, from 11am-5pm. More details from Marianne on 0783 3976196.

Adults are welcome but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dozens of workshops are running until February at: www.messagesacrossleeds.co.uk

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