Friday, 4 April 2014

Funding looks to address heritage skills gap

Leeds City Council has been awarded £810,000 to fund training and support around heritage and construction skills in the city.

The project will be delivered in partnership with Leeds College of Building and York College and will focus on developing the practical heritage skills required to maintain, repair and refurbish pre-1919 residential, commercial and institutional properties in Leeds.

The money has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Skills for the Future programme for the Re-making Leeds project which will begin in September 2014.

At present there are heritage skills shortages in areas such as stone masonry, lime plastering and joinery.

The project will address this through work-based training along with offering project management and building information modelling training to develop team working and communication skills.

Although the focus will be on training 18-24 year olds after completing a general construction qualification, the project will also encourage interest from other people with a general construction background.

The project will also work with small to medium sized construction companies (SME’s) who would like to develop their heritage skills base and who are willing to accommodate a trainee.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council's executive board member for leisure and skills said:

“This is a great opportunity to boost the employment potential of the city, whilst preserving our built heritage.

"This long awaited project will be put to use not only to address the heritage skills shortage but to ultimately provide a workforce to deal with many of Leeds’ important buildings which require attention so they can be enjoyed by all”.

Kevin Clancy, York College’s head of construction said:

“Offering construction trainees the opportunity to develop specific heritage skills is vital if we are to continue to appropriately maintain our wonderful local buildings for future generations.”

Ian Billyard, Leeds College of Building principal said:

“With over 26 million pre 1919 buildings in the UK it's important that we don't lose the skills to sustain our built heritage environment.

"Whether it's a Grade 1 listed building or a 19th Century terraced house it is vital that they are maintained properly.

"This is particularly important when owners choose to retro-fit their properties to reduce energy costs or to extend.

"The Heritage Lottery Fund bid will provide a great opportunity to ensure these vital skills are not lost but developed for the benefits of all residents in Leeds."


Notes to Editors

•Launched in July 2009, Skills for the Future is an HLF programme supporting organisations across the UK to develop vocational learning programmes. HLF has awarded grants totalling £47m under this programme enabling high-quality work-based training, the development of new qualifications and capacity building in the sector.

• Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with £5.4bn across the UK. For further information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: (020) 7591 6036 out of hours mobile: 07973 613820.

•Confirmation of the funding has come today following an earlier provisional approval, subject to the development of a training plan, in June 2013.

• Only about one in four applications to the Skills for the Future programme were approved and Leeds’ award is one of the largest nationally.

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Leeds City Council
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Part two of Rembrandt exhibition to open at Temple Newsam House

Caption: Temple Newsam House will be showcasing prints and etchings by artist Rembrandt van Rijn. (Image: The Hundred Guilder Print, etching, drypoint and engraving, finished c. 1649, second state of two, B74. Copyright: Leeds Museums and Galleries and licensed under Creative Commons BY NC SA.)

Part two of a popular Rembrandt exhibition at Temple Newsam House is set to open its doors to the public next week.

Opening on Tuesday 8 April and running until Friday 20 July, this display offers a rare chance to see a selection of etchings by one of the most important painters and the greatest printmaker the world has ever seen.

Following in the footsteps of part one which examined Rembrandt portraits and figure studies, the second part of the exhibition launched to coincide with Easter, will focus on ‘Rembrandt and the Bible’ and showcase his etchings illustrating stories from the Old and New Testaments. The display will include some of Rembrandt’s most famous prints including ‘The Hundred Guilder Print’, which is reputed to have been given the name after fetching a large sum at auction within his lifetime.

Very little is known about Rembrandt’s religious beliefs but it is clear he was fascinated by the Bible focusing on Christian stories more often than any other subject and expressing this fascination most imaginatively in his etchings.

All of the etchings featuring in this display are original, rare and important works of art which are seldom seen due to their fragility and susceptibility to fading when exposed to light. This exhibition offers a fantastic opportunity to view these etchings from the collection of Leeds Art Gallery in the spectacular surroundings of Temple Newsam House.

As part of the exhibition, a supporting programme is available for all visitors to enjoy including ‘Tea with the Curator’ on 8 May and 10 July (£5), a unique day long etching workshop ‘Etch in the footsteps of Rembrandt’ will take place on 22 May (£25 including lunch), ‘Invent, Etch, Print’ workshop on the 27 May 2014 and for younger visitors an explorers guide and activities.

For more details regarding the Rembrandt exhibition, please see:

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"The first part of the Rembrandt exhibition at Temple Newsam House was fascinating and we saw people with all levels of knowledge of art come and see the collection. I’m sure part two showcasing his etchings illustrating stories from the Bible will be just as popular when it opens on April 8.

"On display will be a range of prints including the ‘The Hundred Guilder Print’, and if you are a big fan of Rembrandt, or want to find out more about one of the world’s most famous painters, then Temple Newsam House is the place to be."

Notes to editors:

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606 – 1669) is one of the most important painters and the greatest printmaker the world has ever seen. Throughout his career as a painter he also made around 300 etchings and drypoint prints quickly leaning the technical skill and virtually recreating this art form. His impact and contribution to printmaking is so significant that it is still reflected in etchings produced today.

Temple Newsam House is a splendid Tudor Jacobean mansion, renowned as being the birthplace of Henry Lord Darnley, Mary Queen of Scots’ infamous husband. The House itself has over forty beautifully restored rooms and outstanding collections of fine and decorative art, along with a changing exhibition programme. Set within an Estate of 1500 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, Temple Newsam boasts paths and trails for cycling, walking and riding, an 18th century Walled Garden and national plant collections. Home Farm also holds a variety of rare breed animals and in the Stable Courtyard there is also a Tea Room serving locally sourced food, a large gift shop and Mrs Pawson’s local produce shop.

Address: Temple Newsam Road, Leeds LS15 0AD
Telephone Number: 0113 3367460
Website Address:
House Summer Opening Times: Tues-Sun 10.30am-5pm
Directions: 4 miles from Leeds City Centre off B6159, 2 miles from M1, junction 46.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578