Statement from leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake regarding government announcement of new financial support package for arts and culture sector

The Leader of Leeds City Council and executive member for culture, Councillor Judith Blake, has responded to an announcement from government that £1.57bn will be made available to help Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries tackle the ongoing impact of coronavirus. Leeds has a thriving arts and culture sector from individual artists to nationally…

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Arts grants help give city’s economy multi-million pound boost

An innovative grants scheme has helped cultural organisations in Leeds generate more than £56m for the local economy in just one year, new figures have revealed.   The Arts@Leeds project, run by Leeds City Council, gives arts organisations across the city financial support to create exciting events and activities in venues and communities. Now…

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Executive board ready to back Leeds Culture Trust

The newly-formed trust that will spearhead a game-changing cultural investment programme for Leeds is set to get the official backing of the city’s senior councillors next week. Members of Leeds City Council’s executive board will be asked to approve a formal grant agreement with the Leeds Culture Trust, sparking an ambitious, four-year programme of…

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People Powered Press is right type of attraction for museum

For centuries, it’s been home to the hulking heirlooms of Leeds’s industrial heyday which once propelled the city to the pinnacle of global production. Now a modern mechanical marvel powered entirely by people has taken its place amid the technological giants of the past at Leeds Industrial Museum. The incredible People Powered Press, thought…

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Object of the week- Grade Up to Elite Cow

Billed as “a game of skill and chance for dairy farmers”, it’s safe to say board game Grade Up to Elite Cow isn’t exactly a family favourite. The agriculturally inspired game was produced by Waddingtons 1986 on behalf of The British Friesian Cattle Society of Great Britain and Ireland, with proceeds going to their…

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New Beer exhibition will be the toast of Temple Newsam

Beneath the lavish halls and chambers of Temple Newsam House, a huge network of cellars was once liberally stocked with thousands upon thousands of gallons of beer. Upstairs, 18th-century aristocrats would host lavish banquets and parties where locally-brewed ales would flow freely and guests would raise a toast to kings and queens. Now that…

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Grants boost announced for city’s cultural community

Innovative arts organisations making a difference across Leeds’s cultural community are set to be awarded more than £1.7m in vital funding. The latest round of arts Leeds grants will go before Leeds City Council’s executive board next week, with 42 groups and organisations around the city recommended to receive funding as part of the…

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Museum marks Black History Month with WW1 events

Museum-goers in Leeds can learn more about the role the city’s diverse communities played in the First World War as part of Black History Month. Leeds City Museum in partnership with The Centre for Hidden Histories will be putting on an exciting programme of WWI themed events to commemorate Black History Month through October. The…

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Exciting new Spanish partnership launches in Horsforth

Horsforth Music Centre, together with Instituto Cervantes, has launched a new package of Flamenco and Spanish language classes on Saturday mornings. Professional Dancer Luisa Galan, who has trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the Conservatoire of Dance in Cordoba, Spain, has joined the team of professional music and dance teachers at…

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Museum’s 1930s murder mystery machine is brought back to life

It’s a mechanised murder mystery machine which has captivated generations of Leeds museum-goers. So when Abbey House Museum’s quirky 1930s penny slot machine finally gave up the ghost, it would have been a crime to let the historic attraction simply gather dust. Luckily, after the machine broke down recently, experts at the Kirkstall attraction searched…

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Object of the week- Gothic Revival credenza

Newly arrived at Lotherton Hall, this beautiful hardwood credenza was expertly crafted by an esteemed Leeds cabinet maker more than 150 years ago. The superbly made cabinet was recently bequeathed to the estate by Selwyn Barker, a furniture collector who lived near Preston, and was made by Marsh and Jones of Leeds in around…

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Hepworth sculpture on the move

Leeds Art Gallery has said a temporary farewell to a celebrated Yorkshire favourite. Dual Form by Barbara Hepworth has been transported the short distance to the University of Leeds while the gallery is closed for major roof repairs. The sculpture was bought from the artist by Leeds Art Fund back in 1967 and has…

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Object of the week- Silver epergne

Decorative and glamorous, Temple Newsam’s silver epergne fittingly once belonged to a celebrated Paris socialite. The dazzling centrepiece was made by Thomas Pitts in 1759 and is a particularly ornate example of a type of table decoration which became the height of fashion in the middle of the 18th Century. Crafted in what was…

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Bizarre Customs collection to be revealed in Leeds

A weird and wonderful collection of objects seized from smugglers is being revealed in an exclusive museum Twitter tour next week. The bizarre array of exotic items includes a crocodile head ashtray and a stuffed mongoose in the grip of a hungry snake and was mainly found during raids and searches by UK customs…

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