In 2014, after three years of BasementArtsProject being a thing, I was visited by two London curators from an organisation called Sluice. They had contacted me via the email and asked if wouldn’t mind being interviewed for their project, touring grassroots and independent arts venues around the country. Of course,
I’ve been to a couple of meetings this week that have reminded me that there’s a difference between starting a project and keeping it going. Sixteen years ago I was one of a group of people sat around a table in what was then Trinity Church on Tempest Road discussing
The scrutiny of the controversial ‘Managed Prostitution Area’ in Holbeck intensified this week – notably with significant new media coverage, and a heated meeting between businesses, West Yorkshire Police, the Council, and other stakeholders. Following local MP Hilary Benn’s article addressing the issue here in South Leeds Life last weekend,
People from a range of arts organisations gathered at The Tetley on Thursday (5 February 2015) to discuss how they could influence the redevelopment of the ‘South Bank’. The South Bank is the ex-industrial zone of Hunslet and Holbeck close to the river. As we revealed in our February newspaper,
2015 marks the tenth anniversary of 7/7, the London bombings. South Leeds Life has spoken to a range of local figures about those events, their aftermath and the decade since. Hanif Malik is the Chief Executive of the Hamara Centre reflects that it was a very traumatic and stressful time.
One South Leeds resident has particular reason to celebrate a milestone in Leeds City Council’s ambitious drive to create more housing for the city. Peter Wood lives in the hundredth house to be refurbished under the council’s housing regeneration project which is making houses more energy efficient and up
This article first appeared on The Leeds Guardian blog IN BRIEF: Council could take ownership of Round Foundry and Leodis Court – weeks after agreeing to sell Engine House Moves could ‘aid regeneration of Holbeck Urban Village area’ Latest in series of Leeds South Bank regeneration agreements. STORY: A major
On Christmas Eve I saw a man wheeling a shopping trolley with a fridge in it down Cemetery Road (on the road, not the pavement) towards the motorway bridge. It made me laugh, I even tweeted about it with the hashtag “Only In Holbeck”. The two hot topics for
Work is now well underway on the major housing regeneration scheme in Holbeck and Beeston Hill. Councillor David Congreve took a trip to the top of Meynell Heights this week to survey progress. Meynell Heights will get a full makeover during the next year. The building will be
Work is getting underway at last on the PFI-funded housing regeneration scheme for Beeston Hill and Holbeck. Following the government’s green light last month, the consortium sc4L is swinging into action to start delivering the programme of 275 new homes and 383 refurbished homes in Holbeck and Beeston Hill.