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A Thousand Paper Cranes was a three-year project funded by Comic Relief’s Young People and Mental Health Fund. Over the three years Artlink worked with the Yorkshire Centre For Eating Disorders exploring a range of different art forms together with professional artists. This was a unique opportunity to use creativity as a means to compliment clinical recovery programmes. This book is a visual reminder of the beautiful work which was created and a showcase of the profound changes which were made through this work.
Oasis was a three month programme of work together with unpaid carers across Leeds and professional artists. Through the creative workshops we wanted to create a sanctuary where individuals could share their experiences with others or have the space to live in the moment and nurture their own creativity. Participants explored, creative writing, performance, movement and the visual arts culminating in a book launch and performance in September 2014. This publication is a beautiful anthology of the work produced and captures perfectly the spirit of the project.
Try Your Hand was an eight-week creative project devised by Artlink West Yorkshire in partnership with Feel Good Factor Leeds Older and Active Project. It was part of Artlink West Yorkshire’s Open Door Project. It was funded by the Big Lottery Fund through the Reaching Communities Programme. The project took place at Mary Sunley House. A sheltered housing scheme in Harehills. Participants included residents from the scheme and the local community.
Picking Up The Thread was an eight-week project organised by Artlink West Yorkshire, working with Touchstone Sikh Elders Service. During the months of May – July 2012, artists Musarat Raza and Bryony Pritchard and volunteer Amarjit Birdi worked with a group of women on a textile project exploring different textile techniques such as tie & dye, stencilling, devore, embroidery and other forms of embellishment.
Moving Forward A beautiful anthology of the work produced with the Together Women Project. Artlink West Yorkshire facilitated the project combining the visual arts and creative writing with the women, all of whom have been involved with the criminal justice system. This vibrant 8-week project was made possible by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme and as part of Artlink’s two-year Open Door Project.
Artlink West Yorkshire 1978 – 2012 This anthology of Artlink, from its conception as Shape Up North to the present, marks the legacy of the dedication, commitment and determination that generations of people have put into the organisation over its 34-year history. This book brings together text, quotes and images of all those who have shaped its work.
The Living Story During September – December 2011 Artlink worked with female and male patients living with dementia at The Mount and Asket Croft in Leeds. The project was developed in light of the powerful impact creativity can have on memory and recollection when our short term memory fails. The project generated enormous amounts of work. We wanted to bring this all together into a publication reflecting the spirit of the patients and the project itself.