What’s on

Love Arts Festival 2017 takes place between 4-18 October and is full of exhibitions, workshops, gigs, dance, drama, film, music, discussions and more.

You can download a PDF of the 2017 Programme here

Take a look at what’s happening each day by looking at the Diary.

The Festival is split into 3 sections: SEE IT, WATCH IT and DO IT


Love Arts supports groups and individuals who have had personal experience of mental health issues and who want to show their artwork. Loads of bars and cafes have offered their wall- space for artists to show work. Look out for new venues (The Brunswick, The Old Red Bus Station, Union Coffee House) alongside venues who have supported Love Arts for many years (Swarthmore, Arch Cafe, Sela Bar). We also return to the Light for our annual Highlights show – around 60 artists showing work together . And we’re particularly excited about taking over a unit in the St John’s Centre. Come and SEE IT throughout the Festival!




There is a really strong performance strand in this year’s Festival. Several local theatre groups are performing their work, ranging from established companies like Red Ladder  to newer groups like Fish & Ram and Pieces of Us. We’re delighted to welcome back London-based theatre maker Yolanda Mercy. There are also great films in the programme. The wonderful Hyde Park cinema who are hosting our Weepie and there will be short films from the very talented Gage Oxley. And look out for a very intriguing performance by Opera North. To round off the Festival we’re closing with our very own cabaret – join us for a taster of some wonderful pieces from Leeds performance artists. So lots of ways to WATCH IT!





This is your chance to get creative and get involved. We have a whole host of artistic workshops to choose from: you could sketch, dance, write, stitch, paint, sing, even go for a “psychogeographical walk”! Love Arts is on a mission to explore the idea that being creative is good for you. There are also chances to ponder and debate. We explore the idea of Journeys and how we record them through writing, music and art, with local artists, authors, academics and people who’ve had first-hand experience of mental ill-health. If you do one thing this year come along to our Love Arts Pop-Up outside the Art Gallery (p.14). There’s plenty of ways to get creative, with pop- up performances and exhibitions. Let’s DO IT!