How did you get involved with art? I have been taking and making pictures for a long time, but it’s only in the last few years that I have had the confidence to go public with them, initially thanks to groups like Arts and Minds and Exposure Leeds giving me both the opportunity and the …

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Geraldine Montgomerie

Tell me more about yourself! I’ve always lived in Leeds. I like Japanese punk rock and I drink my coffee black no sugar. How did you get involved with art? My grandad was an architect and my grandma expressed herself creatively with sewing and sketching and I think this has influenced my closest family to …

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Pamelashop – Pamela Crowe

INSTALLATION, KINDNESS, POP-UP Pamelashop is an interactive installation that will be popping up at different events during the festival. Pamelashop: all kinds of things here, but it will cost you! Since people always want something for something, Pamelashop offers objects in return for kindness. Each shop item has a compassion retail price. What do these objects represent and can you …

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Touchpoints – Nigel Wood

INSTALLATION, NATURE, SCULPTURE At the heart of Nigel’s work is an association between the life experiences of everyday people and those of his raw materials – driftwood, rusted metal, plastic, unwanted and neglected, often broken stuff. Conception, creation, growth, decline, death… the ups, the downs, the smiles, the scrapes… Beyond which he believes there is an unbreakable beauty, grace and glory in …

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Once and Now – Morticia

PHOTOGRAPHY, MONOCHROME, HISTORY Remnants of the past, and our connections to them, are Morticia’s chief inspirations. She uses a mix of analogue and digital photography and site specific materials to create her mostly monochrome images. For the last five years she has been exploring the history of St George’s Field and these images are the result of her research so far. Mon 1 Oct – …

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The Quest for Peace in the Citadel of Chaos – Geraldine R Montgomerie and Matthew Bellwood

STORYTELLING, DRAWING, SONGS Visual artist Geraldine R Montgomerie and storyteller Matthew Bellwood curate and present a collection of words and pictures featuring key moments on the road to recovery. The exhibition builds upon a series of interviews with therapists and other health professionals, people who have used mental health services and their families. It focuses on traditional storytelling forms, such as folk …

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Girls Who Eat Their Feelings – Hayley Mills-Styles

TEXTILES, FOOD, SCULPTURE Girls Who Eat Their Feelings explores Hayley’s relationship with food and mental health. The exhibition will showcase a series of textile drawings and sculptures in response to her personal struggles with emotional overeating. As part of the exhibition there will be two free drop in textile workshops where participants can learn to make their own felt food. The …

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A Means of Escape – Kevin Hickson

PAINTINGS, DIGITAL, LANDSCAPES Digital imagery and paintings exploring environments that can distract and sooth. From solitudinous landscapes and beautiful melancholic imagery, to quirkily entertaining biomorphic abstractions. Thurs 4 – Sat 13 Oct open seven days a week from 11am-7pm (Sun to 4pm) Roots and Fruits, 10-11 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG FREE Access: Level access into the cafe