We were really happy to host a Unity Arts workshop before Hyde Park Unity Day.
Unity Arts gives emerging artists a platform to gain experience, connect with local organisations and try out ideas whilst making artworks for Hyde Park Unity Day. The intention is to attract a diverse range of participants from the local community through groups, organisations and open callouts, and give them an opportunity to try out free creative activities and be involved in a fantastic long running grassroots event.
Organiser and local community artist Kerri Butterworth explained: “Unity Day gave me the chance to volunteer at the event and try out ideas when I had very little experience. This was a safe space that helped me gain confidence. Now I do this professionally and I decided to create a project that helps others in this way.”
This year Unity Arts worked on Scrap Challenge, using pre-loved, abandoned or recycled materials; found, donated or sourced from Scrap Creative Reuse. At Art Link Anne-Marie Atkinson worked with Leep 1 – a self advocacy group for adults with learning disabilities. They have a centre in Unity Business park where they run a cafe that trains LD adults in NVQ levels in customer service, food hygiene and they have cooking groups and an allotment.
At Artlink they made light catchers out of cardboard tubing and recycled acetates (pics below) and a graffiti banner which then became part of a tipi at Unity Day.
Unity Arts has been funded by Leeds City Council and Leeds Inspired.