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GRAFTERS SPACE: A New Open Network for Creatives and Communities in Leeds

Hard graft is at the centre of our ethos as a company, and we know from our own journeys into the creative industries just how much work, pain and sleep-deprivation goes into developing and maintaining successful creative or cultural projects. Here at Graft, we believe that open, honest and unusual collaborations are the way forwardContinue reading “GRAFTERS SPACE: A New Open Network for Creatives and Communities in Leeds”

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PLAYGROUND: Exploring Mental Health Awareness in Armley… with a rockery…

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month in October, and we Grafters are launching a brand new ‘PLAYGROUND‘ project in Armley to exploring how our community can tackle isolation, grief and loss by coming together! 1 in 4 people experience difficulties with their mental health at some point in their lives, but despite this, we often sufferContinue reading “PLAYGROUND: Exploring Mental Health Awareness in Armley… with a rockery…”

PLAYGROUND: Exploring Armley

When I moved to Armley in 2018, I knew nothing about the area. Over the past two-years I have explored and discovered so much about this amazing place, from its history and industrial heritage, the wealth of individuals who have lived and worked here, and the community I am now proud to be part ofContinue 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!”

THANK YOU KEY WORKERS: Free activity packs by Leeds-based Artists for Local Schools during Lockdown.

At the start of this year us Grafters seemed to have everything set into place for our projects and what we wanted to achieve. But as you’re all aware by the end of March the whole of the U.K. went into lockdown leaving a lot of companies and workers in the creative industries in limbo.Continue reading “THANK YOU KEY WORKERS: Free activity packs by Leeds-based Artists for Local Schools during Lockdown.”

PLAYGROUND: A new and unusual exhibition space for Leeds’ Communities.

As part of their MA Curation Practice course at Leeds Arts University, James, Director here at Graft, has been looking into ways of opening up curated exhibitions through community engagement. Playground is a travelling interdisciplinary exhibition space, aimed at tackling important social issues by connecting emerging artists, performers, writers and creatives of all backgrounds withContinue reading “PLAYGROUND: A new and unusual exhibition space for Leeds’ Communities.”

ENDED: Holbeck Community Project 2019/20: Exploring Social Issues through Arts Engagement

Holbeck has gained regional and national attention since 2014 when a pilot scheme designated the area as the U.K’s first decriminalised/managed zone for prostitution. Whilst Journalism and Social Media has focused entirely on this devise and emotive topic, few have engaged with the community that call Holbeck their home. Graft Collaborative CIC is driven toContinue reading “ENDED: Holbeck Community Project 2019/20: Exploring Social Issues through Arts Engagement”

Insert Here 2019/20: A Digital Archive and Online Gallery Space for emerging artists in Leeds, U.K.

Insert Here is a digital archive and online gallery space for emerging artists in Leeds. Across all creative disciplines, artists will have the opportunity to insert their creative practice into the archive establishing a living document of the talent within the city. From this archive, a selection of artists will be displayed on the ‘Gallery’Continue reading “Insert Here 2019/20: A Digital Archive and Online Gallery Space for emerging artists in Leeds, U.K.”