The People’s Art – Coming to The Lamp Posts of Holbeck

The people of Holbeck and Beeston are being asked to create and to choose the best art for display from lamp posts on the streets of both areas.

They are invited to email Slung Low,who will copy their image,which will be printed on a customised board. 

Alan Lane, Artistic Director of Slung Low said:

Our instinct at Slung Low is always to be useful and kind. For the last few weeks that has primarily been about delivering food bank parcels and helping people get their prescription. We know that a hungry soul will find it hard to be creative, to find joy so the first part of our response has to be making sure that people have their basic material needs met: and we will continue that work until this is all over.

But as theatre makers we also understand the importance of storytelling and that there are different ways to be useful. LS11 Art Gallery is us telling the story that this area- like all parts of this nation- is full of creativity, that in every house are people who are brilliant, creative and capable of profound beauty. We need to make sure we keep telling that story in these challenging times. 

We’ re going to open an art gallery on the lamp posts of LS11 and the people who live here will make what we exhibit. Let’s cheer ourselves up a bit.”

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. 

In Autumn 2018 Slung Low launched a Cultural Community College based in Holbeck; a place where adults come to learn new cultural skills – from stargazing to South Indian cooking, from carpentry to singing in a choir – and all workshops, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, are provided on a Pay What You Decide basis.  

The company are now volunteer guardians of the city wards of Beeston and Holbeck taking referrals from Leeds City Council Covid-19 helpline (0113 378 1877  ) .

With the help of the staff of other arts organisations in Leeds including Opera North, they are delivering food and medicine to the vulnerable, elderly and those in isolation.  

If you live in the Holbeck or Beeston areas of Leeds and want your drawing or painting or photograph to be a part of this then you can; take a picture of it and send it to Slung Low by email at theholbeck@slunglow.org or text on 07704582137.

Photograph provided by Slung Low.

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