Community creatives to exhibit their work

As we come to the end of our first year of delivery, Swarthmore Education Centre’s Lottery Funded Creative Communities project is looking forward to our first celebration events and exhibitions taking place in Belle Isle and Holbeck/Beeston.

On Friday 14 June 2024 we invite everyone to come to the Cranmore and Raylands Centre, to see the amazing work the creative people of Belle Isle have produced in our workshops over the past year. The work has all been made by residents of Belle Isle, during workshops which have taken place at Cranmore and Raylands, the Welcome Centre at St John & St Barnabas and at BITMO. Although many people were trying techniques for the first time, the outcomes are fantastic and will make an exciting display.

We will be open from 12:30-3pm and you are welcome to drop in any time during the afternoon. There will be refreshments in the form of drinks and buffet food and you will also have the opportunity to try a new creative activity.
Everyone is welcome, whether you have been involved in the workshops, are a community partner or just want to see what it is all about.

A similar event will showcase the work of people in Holbeck and Beeston at St Luke’s Church on Friday 19 July.

Our final two blocks of workshops start in June and we are also busy making plans for the Autumn. In each block, six talented artists will demonstrate and introduce participants to their practice, each week showcasing a different technique, from clay to photography, Mosaic to rag rugging, there is something for everyone.

We welcome people aged 18 and over who live in LS10 and LS11. Everyone is welcome to apply, regardless of artistic talents. All materials and a free lunch are provided.

In June and July we will be in Middleton and Hunslet:

Middleton Park Baptist Church, Middleton Park Avenue, LS10 4HT
Mondays – 10am-2pm. June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15

Involve Leeds, Whitfield Avenue, Hunslet, LS10 2QE.
Wednesdays – 10am-2pm. June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10
We are pleased to be offering childcare for babies and pre-school children in Hunslet.

At the time of writing there are still places available. Come along, make friends, get creative, have fun!

If you would like to take part in the project, please email: or you can call Penny on 07438 666342, or visit the website

The project is also continuously recruiting and supporting volunteers to support the sessions, and we welcome applications from anyone interested in offering their time and energy.

If you would be interested in finding out more about volunteering please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Honor on for more information, or you can apply via the website


This post was written by Penny Lewis

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