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The Rockery is Ready! Help us raise Mental Health Awareness in Armley…

So despite the lockdown setbacks, we are very excited to announce our PLAYGROUND: Exploring Mental Health Awareness project is set up and ready for the community to use! Interplay Theatre in Armley have allowed us to use their outdoor garden space to build a bench and rockery for everyone in Armley to use for mindfulness,Continue reading “The Rockery is Ready! Help us raise Mental Health Awareness in Armley…”

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Grafters Space: Interview with Maddie Fleming

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are asking creatives and residents in Armley and the wider West Leeds area to share their experiences and journeys with mental health difficulties. Maddie Fleming is an multifaceted creative, a keen artist and graduate in English and Drama, who has very generously agreed to open up andContinue reading “Grafters Space: Interview with Maddie Fleming”

New Grafter! Meet our latest team member…

We are very excited to announce that we have a new member joining our board as a director of the company for 2020/21. Sophie Warner is a Leeds-based creative, illustrator (Sophaluna Studio) and current student at Leeds Arts Univeristy. We are pleased to be growing our team, and are glad to have them onboard toContinue reading “New Grafter! Meet our latest team member…”

Grafters Space: Interview with Jack Collins

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are asking creatives and residents in Armley and the wider West Leeds area to share their experiences and journeys with mental health difficulties. Jack Collins is a poet, spoken word artists, writer, educator and host of ‘Spoken Word + Other Stuff’ at Hyde Park Book Club asContinue reading “Grafters Space: Interview with Jack Collins”

New Grafter! Meet our latest team member…

We are very excited to announce that we have a new member joining our board as a director of the company for 2020/21. Ellie Harrington is a Leeds-based creative, and one of the artists who helped to design our free activity pack for young people during lockdown. Now they are turning their passion and skillsContinue reading “New Grafter! Meet our latest team member…”

PLAYGROUND: Exploring Armley Further!

With the success of our first PLAYGROUND throughout lockdown, we here at Graft are excited to announce we are expanding the project further! Leeds Inspired have awarded us a grant of £1,200 to develop a website for all things Armley, a hub where you can explore local heritage, stories and opportunities to connect with ourContinue reading “PLAYGROUND: Exploring Armley Further!”

Being Black Allies: How Community Arts Organisations Can Empower Others…

Yesterday, myself and Liam had the amazing opportunity to meet up and network with other creatives from across the city for the first time since lockdown began. With all of us socially distanced at Assembly House, we had an amazing five hour conversation, facilitated by the incredible Marvina Newton, Founder and CEO of Angel ofContinue reading “Being Black Allies: How Community Arts Organisations Can Empower Others…”

PLAYGROUND: Exploring Armley

In response to the current social distancing measures in place, Grafter James has been working on bring an exciting new project to their community in Armley, West Leeds. With venues, museums and galleries closed across the nation, James has been looking at ways to bring entertaining and interesting events to communities in public spaces. “AlthoughContinue reading “PLAYGROUND: Exploring Armley”

THANK YOU KEY WORKERS: Download your Free Activity Pack here!

Every Primary School in Leeds has now received our Activity Pack for free to keep the children of Key Workers entertained whilst still in lessons, and those currently at home. We’ve already had some fantastic responses, and hope they have spread a little bit of joy during this difficult time! Now we are spreading theContinue reading “THANK YOU KEY WORKERS: Download your Free Activity Pack here!”

Top Five Tips for Struggling Grafters in Leeds: A Short Guide for Emerging Creatives, Entrepreneurs and Freelancers

Leeds is fast coming one of the best places for creatives across all disciplines in the U.K. and internationally. With the past decade of expansion and growth throughout the creative sector, and the North of the city quickly becoming a University campus within its own right, you’d think it would be easier than ever forContinue reading “Top Five Tips for Struggling Grafters in Leeds: A Short Guide for Emerging Creatives, Entrepreneurs and Freelancers”