Artlink celebrated it’s Re-launch Event on 2nd November at it’s newly renovated building. We’re pleased to say that the event was a resounding success. We had visits from our Capital funders, Arts Council England, Leeds City Council and also many different organisations across the region as well as our members from a variety of projects. Attendees listened to speeches from Artlink’s Director, Sylvie Fourcin, Project Manager, Hayley Mason and Chair, Mary Robson. The day opened up the whole building; showcasing the vibrant printed canvases which are now hung throughout all four floors together with the visual arts and audio tour which brought together artwork from the Open Door project together with audio from participants -listened to through Ipods as you walked around the building. One of the highlights was the poetry reading which took place in the front room. Becky Cherriman, creative writer, led the recital whilst three participants read their poetry to a packed room. A daunting prospect in anyone’s book, but one which participants gladly rose to. There was also the opportunity for people to get involved with the visual arts and creative writing workshop taking place in the brand new studio, read the timeline of Artlink’s 34-year history together with photos, watch the loop of projects showcasing work from 2004 and to enjoy the many films and animation Artlink has produced over the years. Everyone was guided round the building by the plan designed by Studio 3 member, Howard Benn. The plan was hand drawn, beautiful and a piece of artwork in its own right. At the end of the event we were exhausted but so proud of Artlink, its history and team work in producing such a great day. Armed with this energy we are moving forward with the organisation with lots of plans in the pipeline, starting with Sylvie’s appearance on Real Radio talking about Artlink’s work, so make sure you tune in!
Funded by Grants For The Arts