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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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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…”

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…”

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”

Lessons Learned: Update on Graft and Our Future

Starting a CIC can be an extremely daunting task, and a huge step to take, especially as young social entrepreneurs at the start of our careers. Graft Collaborative CIC was started on the basis that cooperative partnerships can achieve more than individuals, and that by pooling together our time, energy, skills, knowledge, networks and resources,Continue reading “Lessons Learned: Update on Graft and Our Future”

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.”

Meet the Grafters: The Board of Directors 2019/20

Graft Collaborative is a non-profit Community Interest Company established to support emerging creative practitioners from a range of artistic and performative disciplines through the development of engaging projects involving Leeds-based communities to highlight and engage residents with important social issues. This will be achieved by creating and developing opportunities for communities to engage and participate inContinue reading “Meet the Grafters: The Board of Directors 2019/20”