Friday, 25 June 2010

Open Show workshops create a splash of colour at Art Gallery

Families from across Leeds have been busy creating paintings, drawings, sculptures and collages as part of this year’s Open Show workshops.

Hundreds of entries have already been submitted for this year’s event and Leeds City Council is encouraging even more families to get involoved and try out their artistic skills.

Media opportunity:
When: Friday 2 July at 11am
Where: Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, LS1 3AA
Councillor Adam Ogilvie will join a group of school children taking part in a workshop to create masterpieces for the Open Show event. Members of the media are invited to attend.

Supported by Find Your Talent, the artist-led workshops have enabled children to explore their creativity and ideas in the run up to Open Show, which will be held in August at Leeds Art Gallery.

Further workshops are being held at the Art Gallery, on the Headrow, next week for primary and secondary school pupils. There are also free additional children’s art day workshops for families and children of all ages, on Saturday 3 July in the afternoon and two all-day workshops on 10 and 17 July.

Children and young people from around Leeds have been taking part in local workshops in Seacroft, inner north west Leeds and Morley as part of the Find Your Talent national strategy.

By encouraging families to participate and enter Open Show the gallery hopes to expand on the vibrant entries that have already been received for this year’s event.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive board member for leisure commented
“This year’s Open Show workshops have proved to be a huge hit with young people in Leeds. By encouraging their creativity and artistic talent in an inspirational environment families and their children have produced a wealth of innovative artwork. It just goes to show how art and design can have a positive impact on ambition, aspiration and approaches to the city’s cultural environment.”

Open Show is open for the first time to young people aged 18 and under. The competition is open to anyone from the Yorkshire region aged 0 to over 100.

200 selected young entrants will have their work professionally hung at Leeds Art Gallery during the summer holidays. The works will be chosen by a panel of young people aged 16-19 from the Leeds Met Young Curators Group.

For full details on the Open Show competition, entry forms and workshop sessions visit Leeds Art Gallery’s Website:

For media enquiries please contact:
Adelle Stripe, Find Your Talent communications, 0113 3950876,


Find Your Talent is a national programme aiming to discover how all children and young people can be helped to identify and develop their creative talents through access to regular, high quality cultural opportunities.

Leeds is one of ten Find Your Talent pathfinder areas in England and was selected from over 140 initial applications. It aims to develop new partnerships between the arts, education, heritage, voluntary and youth sectors and to provide opportunities for young people aged 0-19 across the city.

For information on the Find Your Talent pathfinder visit

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Five schools, five challenges completed

Picture caption: "Otley youngsters take on five cycling chanlleges."

Young cyclists from five schools in Otley took on a challenging ride to Almscliffe Crag this week.

Pupils in the ‘five schools, five challenges’ event were led by staff from Leeds City Council’s road safety promotion unit and TravelWise team, and supported by members of the local Neighbourhood Policing team, on a ride from Otley, through Leathley up to Almscliffe Crag.

The five Otley schools involved in the challenge are Otley All Saints, The Whartons, Ashfield, Westgate and St Josephs.

At the finishing point there were fun activities with prizes, including a cycle obstacle race and a five-a-side penalty shoot out.

Generous support has been received for this event from West Yorkshire Police, who have provided competition prizes, and Chevin Cycles who have given every participant a voucher to spend in their shop and have offered the star prize of a bike for one lucky school.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member for development and regeneration said:
“This event provides a great opportunity for children to put into practice their cycling skills and improve on their knowledge of road safety in a practical real road circumstance.

“I wish all the pupils the best of luck in the challenge. I hope they all enjoy their day and that it inspires them to continue cycling for many years to come.”
This event is part of National Bike Week with the theme of ‘everyday cycling for everyone’

This year Bike Week challenges people to use cycling as the most convenient way to get around. The council want to encourage anyone interested, to take part in a cycle ride or event. Please check the website for the latest event listings at or at

Notes to editors:
The council’s road safety promotion unit has recently updated their cycle training programme, brining it in line with the agreed national standards laid down by Cycling England. The new ‘Bikeability’ course extends the excellent cycle training programme which the unit has provided for a number of years, and allows young cyclists more supervised opportunities to develop their on road cycling skills.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

£11,500 bill for city centre businesses over rubbish

Caption: Food waste spilling out of rubbish bags behind the Chaophraya restaurant on Swinegate

Caption: uncontained waste at the Aldo shoe store on Commercial Street

Two city centre businesses have been handed bills totalling almost £11,500 for failing to properly dispose of their waste.

Shoe store Aldo, based on Commercial Street in Leeds city centre, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £1,452 costs at Leeds Magistrates Court on Wednesday, after admitting failing to contain its waste.

Waste from the store was found to be uncontained on three separate occasions last November. On the third visit they found that, despite repeated warnings from council officials, waste was laying on the floor when the store’s bin was only a quarter full.

And on the same day Chaophraya, a Thai restaurant on Swinegate, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,459.

While patrolling the city centre in November, council enforcement officers found 20 overflowing bags full of food waste, bottles and cardboard at the back of the restaurant. The waste constituted a risk to health to public health and likely to attract flies and rats.

Councillor Tom Murray, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for the environmental, said:
“All businesses have a duty to ensure their waste is correctly stored and disposed of, and that bins are not allowed to overflow or remain uncollected for any length of time.
“We are rightly proud of our city and will take action against those who do not seem to share our pride.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937

Volunteer to join the debate

Voluntary sector representatives are invited to the prestigious council chambers at Leeds Civic Hall to take part in a series of debates on key issues affecting volunteering in the West Yorkshire region.

The event is part of the 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering, and is being hosted by the council and West Yorkshire Local Development Agencies (WYLDA). As well as taking part in three relevant debates, delegates will also have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas of what they would like to happen for the European Year of Volunteering, which takes place next year. Now is the time to get involved and help us shape the region’s involvement in this exciting imitative.

The event will take place on Friday 9 July, 9am to 1pm and places are free, on a first-come first-served basis. A light lunch will be available at the end. Please contact Rachel Charlton on 0113 247 5878 or email to reserve your place.

Steve Crocker, co-ordinator of the 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering from Leeds City Council said:
“This event gives volunteer organisations in the region a fantastic opportunity to get together and share their views on some of the big issues in volunteering at the moment. These are difficult times for the volunteering sector and we need to work together to make sure we influence the future direction of both national and local policy.”

Richard Jackson, chief officer, Voluntary Action Leeds said:
“I would encourage as many colleagues from the voluntary sector as possible to come along to this event. We have a lot of good practice to share with our counterparts, and getting together now to discuss how we can share our knowledge and expertise will put us in a strong position to take a lead role in the European Year of Volunteering in 2011.”

The topics to be debated are:
• Do current safeguarding arrangements help or hinder volunteering? (discussion led by Leeds City Council)
• Should the volunteer sector become the volunteering sector? (discussion led by Voluntary Action Kirklees)
• Should volunteering be compulsory? (discussion led by Bradford CVS)


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578