The award-winning theatre company Slung Low have opened a new art gallery with a difference in Leeds .
The LS11 Art Gallery will continue to display the artwork of residents in Beeston and Holbeck, selected from paintings, drawings and photographs which residents were asked to email to Slung Low.
These works of art were all created since the pandemic affected our daily lives. Those which are chosen are copied, printed on plastic board and hung on lamp posts for the community and its visitors to enjoy.
Alan Lane, Artistic Director of Slung Low said:
“We’re about telling stories here and the story that LS11 Art Gallery absolutely tells clearly is that Holbeck and Beeston are full of amazingly creative people. The quality of the art that we are getting is wonderful and the response of people seeing the art on the lamp posts is so powerfully positive and unusual in these strained times.”
Feedback from residents:
“They look great. Lovely to see art outside for everyone to enjoy. Great project. A pleasure to be part of it.”
Eve & Ken
“Grateful to live in LS11 and be part of a real community. The wonderful
Slung Low continuing to bring colour, joy and culture to LS11.”
Slung Low has been keeping rather busy during lockdown. As volunteer guardians of the city wards of Beeston and Holbeck,they take referrals from Leeds City Council Covid-19 helpline (0113 378 187). With over 80 local residents and the help of the staff of other arts organisations in Leeds, Slung Low are currently delivering food and medicine to the vulnerable, elderly and those in isolation.
The company has also released The Good Book online, which is the first production for the newly formed Leeds People’s Theatre and is produced by Slung Low with the support of Leeds 2023. This dedicated division has been set up for large-scale professional arts projects with communities at the heart of them. The film is now available for free here.
Founded in 2000 Slung Low is an award-winning theatre company specialising in making epic productions in non-theatre spaces, often with large community performance companies at their heart. The company recently relocated to The Holbeck in South Leeds, the oldest working men’s club in Britain. They run the bar as a traditional members’ bar and the rest of the building as an open development space for artists and a place where Slung Low invite other companies to present work that might otherwise not be seen in Leeds. In 2018 they opened the Slung Low Community College.
The LS11 Art Gallery will be open in Holbeck and Beeston for the foreseeable future.
Feature photograph shows artwork by Fe, one of Leeds Living’s much valued writers.