Council chiefs set to back new tribute to David Oluwale

Council chiefs in Leeds are set to give their backing to the creation of a major new public artwork paying tribute to the life and legacy of David Oluwale. At a meeting, members of the council’s executive board will be asked to support the significant new piece by internationally-renowned artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA,…

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City’s diverse communities explore 300 years of Shifting Perspectives

Members of Leeds’s diverse communities have come together to re-examine and re-define more than 300 years of artwork ahead of a pioneering new exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery. Shifting Perspectives will explore different and sometimes complex representations of people of African, Caribbean and Asian heritage in almost 100 works dating from the 17th Century…

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Praise for Leeds City Council staff and partners as Ofsted rates children’s services ‘outstanding’ again

Services provided to children and families by Leeds City Council staff and partners have once again been rated ‘outstanding’ by government inspectors Ofsted. The rating comes following a rigorous and thorough inspection into the services the council provides for children in need of help and protection, children in care and care leavers. Ofsted inspectors…

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New chapter begins to help secure future of Kirkstall Abbey

An exciting new programme of events and activity is being put together as part of innovative plans to invest in a sustainable future for historic Kirkstall Abbey. Following a public consultation earlier this year, the project will see new entrance charges introduced for non-Leeds residents visiting the abbey ruins, helping to generate crucial income…

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Beautiful butterflies pay tribute to frontline NHS Staff

Hundreds of stunning origami butterflies have taken flight at Leeds City Museum in a moving tribute to the remarkable efforts of the city’s frontline NHS workers. Entitled What We Go Through Together, the poignant new display is made up of 600 carefully folded butterflies which were created by members of the Adult Critical Care…

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Artists bring Leeds voices to life in new exhibition

The voices, stories and songs of generations of Leeds folk have inspired a thought-provoking new exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery. Leeds-based artist Jill McKnight immersed herself in the collections of the British Library and Leeds Art Gallery for Desire Lines, which retraces the steps different people from the Leeds area have taken and how…

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INDIs Film Festival returns to inspire and celebrate young talent in Leeds

Budding directors and film fanatics are being invited to gain some top insider tips on the film industry during a packed programme of film screenings and free online events. From masterclasses in script writing to new screen technologies, this week’s Independent Directions Film Festival 2022 has plenty to inspire emerging talent. Organised by Leeds Young…

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Interest in apprenticeships sky high as thousands flock to recruitment fair

Young people, parents, carers, and teachers turned out in their thousands to attend Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair, which took place on day one of National Apprenticeship Week 2022. The event organised by Leeds City Council’s employment and skills service returned in person this year, selling out the Leeds First Direct Arena, with 6,200 free…

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Apprenticeships to headline First Direct Arena in February

With over 80 employers and apprenticeship providers attending, the event continues to be one of the largest apprenticeship recruitment fairs in the north of England. The annual Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair is returning to the First Direct Arena on Monday 7 February between 2pm-8pm. The event, which kicks off National Apprenticeship Week, offers a…

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World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds routes announced

Following the success of the event moving to see all races start and finish in Roundhay Park in 2021, this year’s routes will once again see the park be the focal point of the weekend to create a festival atmosphere around the site. The event provides the opportunity to compete on much of the…

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Artist’s captivating moonlit masterpiece comes home to Leeds

An atmospheric riverside scene created by one of the city’s most celebrated artists is coming home after being acquired by Leeds Art Gallery. Reflections on the Aire – on strike was painted by Leeds-born John Atkinson Grimshaw in 1879, a rare example of one of his signature ‘moonlit’ scenes combined with a social message. Showing…

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