Launch of new annual arts exhibition
On 18th June, Artlink was part of a group of Leeds arts organisation who joined together to create a new arts festival showcasing the work of local artists with learning disabilities.
BEYOND will be an annual celebration of the work of artists, performers and musicians with learning disabilities in Leeds and the many organisations which support them. The festival programme will be curated by a steering group made up of artists with learning disabilities and staff from each of the partner organisations. This is the first time that a festival led by people with learning disabilities and which showcases the skills and talents of work by people with learning disabilities has happened in Leeds.
Ahead of the first festival in June 2016, BEYOND launched a special day-long exhibition of visual art, film and live music and Leeds’ Holy Trinity Church during this year’s Learning Disability Week. The exhibition displayed the fantastic range of talent amongst artists with learning disabilities in Leeds, as well as giving an insight into the processes that produce that work. The exhibition was a success and we hope this is a sign of things to come!
Images below show the exhibition being installed and some of the artwork included.