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Studio 3 JS Cotman Project: The Curator’s Review

Following a Trip to Knaresborough, one of the sites where JS Cotman sketched and painted in Yorkshire, Studio 3 carried on developing their own ideas in whatever direction it took them, drawing inspiration from their own experience and interpretation of Cotman’s way of working.   Besides gaining more confidence with their watercolour skills, this soon…

Calverlands – Moving on

It is a beautiful sunny day. Musarat and Milena will be working for the next ten weeks here. We are in a small side room and most of the people have never seen either of the artists before. Today we are going to decorate wooden memory boxes. We have exquisitely patterned colour papers used for…

Barleyfields – Moving on

Here we are again, after nearly a year, we are back! The excitement is in the air. They all recognise Milena, but we’ve got a new artist Kim and everyone is asking where is Bryony! Without further ado we start the session with familiar movement and music. The theme is weather. Today we have wind!…

Ripon House

This project has been run in a bail hostel.  I have to be honest and say that, before the workshops began, I was nervous. Some of the women we have been working with have committed serious crimes.  Most have come direct from long stays in prison. I didn’t know what to expect.  Would the women…

Studio 3 JS Cotman Project- trip to Knaresborough

The project so far has introduced the group to the Leeds Art Gallery collection of John Sell Cotman’s work (see Tea with the Curator). To help everyone look more closely at the work and find a route for a response, I also set some exercises which examine his watercolour and compositional techniques. Now it was time…

South Leeds Unity!

What a great ten-week project and celebration event we had at Morley Library! What made this project a huge success was down to the enjoyment of being together and working as a team! Footsteps, hands, imagination, creating, painting, laughs and kindness. Smiles, in our community. Brought us all together in a unity of art, words,…

Ripon House

This is our first session in Ripon House, a bail hostel for women. I am trying to think what sort of activity will captivate and encourage women who might have not have had much experiences of visual arts. Also we are working with the theme of transformation, and I see visual arts as metaphors for…

Tea with the Curator

Studio 3 started an exciting project in March working with Curators from Leeds City Art Gallery. The gallery has an extensive collection of artwork by the nineteenth century British landscape artist, John Sell Cotman, which they are keen to make more available to the public. So the curators came to Artlink, bringing a good selection…

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Get Started: at Morley Library part 1

A new group was formed to take part in this last stage of Get Started. Participants from two of Aspire’s bases, one at Morley and one at Middleton have been brought together to form this group, meeting at the Morley Library base. It made sense to explore the theme of Our Community.  We structured sessions…

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Lilac – Step Inside The Rainbow

Since June 2016, Lilac workshops have dipped into a kaleidoscopic journey of colour, pattern and texture. Lilac is a Progress Housing Group forum who meet monthly at Artlink. We have taken inspiration from different cultures and artist’s ideas from India, Israel, Canada and Japan, and experimented with ancient systems of word creation bringing together a…

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