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Ribblehead – LS11 Gallery

The Ribblehead Group have been collaborating online to make these colourful digital collages, which have now been added to Slung Low’s LS11 Gallery.

You can find out more about the LS11 Gallery on the Slung Low website:

New online groups

We’re very excited to announce that we will have some new online-only groups, starting in August.

These groups are free for Pyramid members and customers of Aspire CBS, you just need to get in touch to register.  Click here for our contact details.

The Art Sharing Circle

11am – 12pm, Mondays on Zoom

Missing making your art work in the studio?
Come along to our online open studio space to chat with other Pyramid artists.
Have a look at what others have been making, and share any creative projects you’ve been working on at home.
Click here to view flyer.


The Reading and Film Circle

11am – 12pm, Tuesdays on Zoom

Join Pyramid artists in a fun and relaxed online space to chat about the things we enjoy reading and watching.
You won’t need to read or watch anything beforehand to join is, as we’ll read aloud and share clips in the group.
Click here to view flyer.


The Curation Circle

2pm – 4pm, Wednesdays on Zoom

Join us on Wednesday afternoons for our new Curation Circle group where we’ll organise and curate a real online art exhibition.
We’ll have fun thinking about how art shows are created and the role of a curator.
We’ll decide on a theme and exhibition title, explore how to promote the show, how to display the artwork and how we’ll select the work to exhibit and award prizes to!
This will be a busy, exciting project involving lots of creative and practical tasks, lots of collective decision-making and opportunities to learn together as a group to produce a professional online art exhibition.

August – meet weekly to learn about curation, choose a theme and exhibition title, and create publicity
September – break to give artists time to submit work
October / November – meet again to select work, plan and create the exhibition
December – launch the exhibition and host a live online event

Click here to view flyer.


I Am An Artist Competition Entries

Congratulations to Ella and Ethan who were selected by our Members’ Council as the winners of our I Am An Artist competition.

Here’s the all entries, with huge thanks to everyone who took part:

Our next competition has already begun!  Click here to find out more.

Competition theme: human rights

The Pyramid Members’ Council are excited to launch their next art competition!

Pyramid is wanting everybody to create their own art around equal human rights for all.

  • This could be a situation you’ve been in when you didn’t feel you had equal rights to something, and telling your story thought art
  • Or you could go back to human rights in history and do some art around that

We would like you to send us a photo of your art work what you made, which we will share on our online gallery.

This competition will finish at end of August 2020 and the winner can choose 3 items from our online shop.

To enter, email with a photo of your finished work.

Aspire Audio

These soundscapes have been created by members of our Aspire Creative online group.

The group use vocalisations, instruments and household objects to create and record sounds, music and rhythms which are then pieced together digitally.



Crocodile Rock


Ribblehead Sketch Club

Our Ribblehead artists have been sketching together on Zoom, picking a different theme each week.  The sketches are then brought together to form these fantastic digital collages.

Where’s My B****dy Energy Bill Gone?

A short film by RIA.
Video editing by Sachin Limbachia.

LS11 Gallery

We love Slung Low’s LS11 Gallery project, where locals of Holbeck and Beeston are being invited to create a piece of art which is then exhibited on a lamppost for everyone to enjoy.

You can view the full gallery, and a map of where to find each artwork, on the Slung Low website:

These photos are of artworks sent in by two Pyramid Development Teams, D2RL and D4AT:

Virtual Gallery Level 2

Level 2 – the Pyramid Collection

This gallery contains a selection of work created by artists at Pyramid over the last three decades.

Click on the symbol on the right-hand side of the frame to view the gallery in full-screen mode. (Click it again to exit.)

Click here to go back to the Level 1 Gallery.

Activities at Home

Instructions for arts activities you can do at home! Easy, simple and fun.

Please share photos of your finished work with us, and we will put them on our website (email


Click on the text to open or download the instructions (.pdf format):

Template of Pyramid logo (to colour or stencil)

Bubble-wrap printing

Make a nature collage

Drawing a double portrait

Vegetable printing

Kitchen cupboard art

Pop-up art

Make a badge

Tray painting

Make a paper ornament or garland

Ideas for an immersive sensory environment (web page)

Click on the text to watch a video demonstration:

Morning stretch routine (seated)

Make a sensory hooploop

Make an origami heart



These activities mostly use household items but for some you will need arts and craft materials (like paint).

If you’re a Pyramid member, get in touch with us if you need help getting materials.  (Call 0113 234 6040 or email

Start saving things like newspapers and cardboard from cereal packets – you might be able to re-use them in your art!

Online Sessions

View times and dates for all Pyramid group sessions


We have launched three new online-only groups, starting in August 2020.  Click here to read more about them and how to register.

Click on a group name to view session dates:

The Art Sharing Circle

The Reading and Film Circle

The Curation Circle


All of our Discovery arts groups are now running online and will restart in September, after the summer holiday.

Click on a group name to view autumn session dates:

Aspire Creative

Eden and Ribblehead

High Rise Music and Movement


Next Step Pyramid



Please email or call 0113 234 6040 if you’re a member and need some help getting online, or if you are interested in getting involved with Pyramid for the first time.

Zoom resources:

To use Zoom, you will first need to download the software. 

If you’re using a smartphone or tablet, search for ‘zoom’ in the app store on your device.

If you’re using a PC or laptop, go to to download it.


People in Action have made some videos about how to use Zoom:

Learning Disability Wales has made an easy-read Zoom guide (opens as a .pdf):

Pyramid Post Gallery

This gallery is a collection of work shared with us by our members, volunteers and staff team, created at home during the 2020/2021 lockdowns.
The images include experiments and attempts at new ways of working (such as remote collaborations) as well as finished work.

Virtual Gallery

Welcome to the Pyramid virtual gallery.

Click on the symbol on the left-hand side of the frame to view the gallery in full-screen mode. (Click it again to exit.)

Level 1 – Pyramid Contemporary

This gallery shows work produced by our members since 17th March 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Click here to be taken to the Level 2 Gallery.

Fish Pass Exhibition

This activity is part of a project we are working on with Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.


The River Aire is a huge feature in Leeds; it runs right through the city centre.
The river starts at Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales where it is nothing but a small stream.
Atlantic Salmon have been returning to the river and have been seen in the water by fishermen.

To make it easier for the fish to get upstream to spawn (breed), fish passes are being made along the river.
A fish pass is a waterway that goes over obstacles like weirs, making it easier for the fish to travel upstream.
A fish pass is being built at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

You can learn more about the River Aire fish passes by watching a short film on the Developing the Natural Aire website:

To celebrate the new fish pass at Armley Mills, Pyramid and the Museum would like you to create fishy works of art that will be shown in an exhibition at the Museum in 2021.

You can make your own fish however you like, or use one of our templates below to get started.

Decorating a fish – ideas and instructions (.pdf)


Salmon outline with black background (.pdf for A4 printing)

Salmon outline with black background (.jpg for digital use)

Drawing of an atlantic salmon

Drawing of a salmon to colour in or decorate (.pdf for A4 printing)

Drawing of a salmon to colour in or decorate (.jpg for digital use)

Drawing of a salmon in two halves to colour in or decorate (.pdf for A4 printing)

Drawing of a salmon in two halves to colour in or decorate (.jpg for digital use)

Drawing of salmon swimming to colour in or decorate (.pdf for A4 printing)

Drawing of salmon swimming to colour in or decorate (.jpg for digital use)


When you have finished your fish, please email a photo to

Or you can post your fish to: Pyramid, 68B Barkston House, Croydon Street, Leeds LS11 9RT


I Am An Artist

Pyramid invests in people with learning disabilities through the discovery, development and disruption of the arts.

Throughout their lives, our members will have all sort of labels, classifications and diagnoses attached to them but at Pyramid they are fantastic, prolific, creative artists who make amazing work to share with others.

I Am An Artist is our campaign message for 2020, and here we share portraits of some of our artists.

Photographer: Mindy Goose

Poulenc by High Rise Movement

Le Dauphin, La Carpe and Le Dromadaire from Le Bestiaire – Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) and Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

The composer of these songs was Francis Poulenc, a French composer and pianist who wrote lots of different types of music including solo piano works, operas, ballets, orchestral music and melodies, or French songs.

The poet was Guillaume Apollinaire who was known as one of the foremost French poets of the early 20th century and a surrealist, which you can really tell from these quirky little poems about different animals.

Le Dauphin (The Dolphin) – can you imagine the dolphins playing amongst the waves?

La Carpe (The Carp) – a pretty sleepy fish in this song…is the water clear or murky?

Le Dromadaire (The Dromedary Camel) – can you feel the camel rocking from side to side as it walks along in this song?

Sea Fever by High Rise Movement

Sea Fever – John Ireland (1879-1962) and John Masefield (1878-1967)

The composer of this song, which was written just before World War I, was John Ireland, an English composer who wrote songs and pieces for piano.

He was a music teacher which seems very fitting as this song is still popular amongst young students of singing and regularly included in song recitals.

The poet was John Masefield who published the poem as part of his Salt-Water Ballads.

Sea Fever is the perfect accompaniment for the story in our video here – the rich chords of Ireland’s piano accompaniment paints perfectly the wind howling, the crashing waves and the eventual calm after the storm.

Ode to Joy by High Rise Movement


‘Ode to Joy’ – from Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

The music which accompanies this video is an improvisation (our pianist, Jonathan, is making it up as he goes along!) using music which comes from the fourth and final movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony.

A symphony is a large work for orchestra, and Beethoven’s 9th symphony was to be his last and greatest.

Roughly 47 mins into the piece, the orchestra first plays this famous tune softly and begins to gradually get louder and louder. Within 10 minutes a huge choir and group of opera singers has joined the orchestra, loudly singing the words ‘Freude, schöner Götterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium, Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!’ (Joy, beautiful spark of Divinity, Daughter of Elysium, We enter, drunk with fire, Heavenly one, thy sanctuary!).

The tune is instantly recognisable and one of the most popular and joyful of all music!

Make an origami heart (video)

Ria demonstrates how to make a heart using origami (paper folding).

Morning Stretch Routine

Pyramid movement artist Jess guides you through a short morning stretch routine to start your day.

Competition – I am an Artist

Our Members’ Council have come up with a great idea for a competition. We’d like you to create an artwork using the words “I am an Artist“.
Send us a photo of your finished work and we’ll add it to our online gallery. The Member’s Council will choose a winner to receive any three items of their choice from our webshop.

Email your pictures to or share with us on social media using the hashtag #iamanartist

Click the poster to make it bigger:

Poster design by RIA.

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