Updated: Sep 23
After taking 2019 off to rest and recuperate, Love Arts is finally returning. But in a different form...
Love Arts is now an independent company that will run events and projects throughout the year. We’ll still have a really close relationship with Arts & Minds and LYPFT but this allows us to expand and develop. Love Arts is no longer just a festival ... we want to run ongoing projects, workshops, gigs, weekenders, campaigns and loads more. The idea is to being Leeds together under the banner of creativity and wellbeing - and show off what great work you’re all doIng as artists, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, NHS workers, OTs, nurses, carers, arts workers, health workers, community workers, freelancers - I could go on.
It’s clearer than ever that we have to talk about our mental health and that the arts are a really good way of doing that. Life is tough for everyone at the moment. Covid-19 has changed everything. So hopefully Love Arts can be a way for all of us in Leeds to work together and feel part of something bigger.
We’re already running a project called Love Arts Local that focuses on 3 areas of Leeds: Armley, Cross Gates and Middleton. The idea is to create a group of creative people who have personal experience of mental ill-health - so they can support each other where they live.
And we’re chuffed to say that Leeds Inspired have funded Love Arts to run a mini-festival at the end of October 2020. Love Arts: Bursting Our Bubbles will be mainly online (for obvious reasons) and we’ll share the details of the events very soon.
At the moment Love Arts is being run by me (Tom Bailey, ex-Arts & Minds) and a brilliant steering group of artists and people in the health world. However, we want to involve YOU. If you’ve got this far in the blog, you must care a bit. We haven’t got any ongoing funding yet and we’ll need your help to do this! Say hello via email or Twitter or Facebook.
The programme for the October mini-festival will be out soon! See you then.
(Photo Credit: Conrad Cookson - see more of his work online here)