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Ross Bolland 2023

Irregular Art Schools x Royal Academy of Arts

Today the Irregular Art Schools research team visited the Making Space artists at the Royal Academy of Arts. They had a great time meeting other artists, making art together and exploring the gallery.

Making Space is an inclusive artist development programme for a group of learning-disabled and neuro-divergent artists. The artists meet monthly at the Royal Academy of Arts for learning and mentorship.

Thought Bubble

We had a great weekend at Thought Bubble, sharing work by Pyramid artists and associates. We used our stall to promote Pyramid and raise funds – thank you to everyone who visited our stall, and to Thought Bubble for inviting us.

Thought Bubble is a Yorkshire Comic Art Festival that promotes the power of comics.

Winter Art Market

Come and browse the beautiful, festive art work being sold by local makers and enjoy a hot chocolate and some sweet treats. There will also be a drop-in zine-making workshop.

More details to follow.

Time: 11am – 3pm

Date: Saturday 25 November 2023

Location: Pyramid Studio, 18 Croydon Street, Leeds LS11 9RT

Access: Please see pyramid.org.uk/access for full information

Share: Click here to download a shareable event flyer by Pyramid D-Team D2HK.

We won!

Congratulations to Pyramid’s Why Don’t We? group, who were recognised at Bradford’s Celebrate as One awards in the arts, culture and wellbeing category.

Any Work That Wanted Doing

Pyramid artist Ria’s work, ‘Integrated Society’, features in a new exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

‘Any Work That Wanted Doing’ is an exhibition that brings disabled people’s voices from the past and present together, highlighting their contributions to heritage and contemporary culture, with disabled artists responding to hidden histories of disabled mill workers.

The exhibition opens on Friday 08 September 2023, at Leeds Industrial Museum and will continue to early 2024.

Part of Leeds 2023 Year of Culture.

www.anywork.org.uk/ria

Photos by Jonathan Turner, 2023.

Irregular Art School on Tour

On 30 August the Irregular Art School research team took a trip to Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham to present at the ArtWorks Together 2023 launch.

ArtWorks together is an international art exhibition which showcases award-winning artwork created by artists with learning disabilities and autism.

https://www.artworkstogether.co.uk/

Pyramid at Hyde Park Picture House

Pyramid would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that joined us on Monday 04 September for our Pyramid Artists Short Films at Hyde Park Picture House, as part of the Scalarama Leeds 2023 programme.

We had a brilliant time watching films by and about our artists on the big screen, and we hope you did too.

Through tickets and kind donations on the day we raised over £300.

Access Cloaks by Alfie Fox

Alfie and his team of support artists worked alongside a number of Leeds SILC Schools and a Pyramid’s Eden Group to make hundreds of monoprinted circles, which were sewn together to make up four larger-than-life Access Cloaks.

The finished Access Cloaks were hung from four important cultural venues in Leeds: Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills; Leeds City Museum; The Carriageworks Theatre; and Hyde Park Picture House.

Access Cloaks is about disabled people having access to art and artistic spaces. Alfie hopes that his cloaks will encourage the people of Leeds to think about access and inclusion.

Visioning Group

The Visioning Group meet weekly at Pyramid HQ.

They work alongside the charity’s Director, James Hill, to think creatively about Pyramid’s future and in particular about how Pyramid can be more member-led.

Together, they have been working on the Pyramid Plan 2024-28 (the word strategic had been banned!), which talks about the charity’s vision and mission for the next few years.

The miniature sculptures shown in the photo are called Pyramites, and will be used in the Pyramid Plan to make it more visual and easier to understand.

BEYOND Chaos at Swarthmore

We’re thrilled that BEYOND Chaos, a joint exhibition of work by Ella Schofield and Adam Cox will be reprised at Swarthmore Education Centre in September.

Ella and Adam completed the year-long BEYOND Artist Development Scheme in 2022/23 and the exhibition showcases some of the work they produced.

When: 11 September – 09 October

Opening times: 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday (Please get in touch with Swarthmore for evening and weekend access: 0113 243 2110 / info@swarthmore.org.uk)

Where: Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Cost: Free

The exhibition includes some of the models Adam used to make his short film, Butch, which you can watch online, here:

Butch by Adam Cox, 2023

Event: Film Screening 04/09/23

Pyramid presents a series of short films, animations and music videos by and about our members.

Expect to see animations featuring magical builders, ghoulish creatures and music videos from our in-house band, Ultimate Thunder, alongside artist profiles and empowering personal stories.

We’re delighted to be showing our films at the newly refurbished Hyde Park Picture House, and we’ll be using the brand new Screen 2. It’s a boutique cinema with only 51 seats so tickets are limited – book early to avoid disappointment!

We will also have a ‘make your own movie poster’ art activity, and a stall selling artwork donated by Pyramid artists and supporters.

This screening is part of the Scalarama Leeds 2023 Film Festival, a DIY and cooperative season of films – for listings and info please see https://www.instagram.com/scalaramaleeds/

When: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Where: Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD

Access: The venue has detailed information about access on its website, please see https://hpph.co.uk/access

Cost: £3 – £9

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pyramid-short-films-screening-at-hyde-park-picture-house-scalarama-2023-tickets-700161952247

This is a fundraising event for Pyramid, and all money raised will go towards improving access and inclusion in the arts for people with learning disabilities.

AGM 2022-23

Saturday 14 October 2023 at 11am

Pyramid Studio
Unit 3, 18 Croydon Street
Leeds LS11 9RT

Click here for information about access and travel

AGM stands for Annual General Meeting.

We invite everyone who is involved or interested in Pyramid to attend the meeting, but only legal members can vote.

Please click here for information about becoming a legal member.

AGMs must follow the rules of our governing document.

You can download our governing document, and find our charitable aims, here: https://pyramid.org.uk/strategic-aims/

Meeting papers
These links are all to .pdf files

Agenda

Minutes from the last AGM (2021/22)

Annual accounts for the year ending 31/03/2023

Easy-read summary of the annual accounts

Annual activity report

Trustee Profiles

Josh Pedley-Cook

Josh works in many different art styles, including tie-dye, drawing, patchwork and digital art.
In Josh’s very first project with Pyramid, he made his own set of pogs/milk caps.

Josh recently hosted a solo exhibition at Bramley Baths in Leeds, featuring a water polo diorama and a series of portraits. His exhibition was called Treading Water.

You can view some photos from the exhibition as a flipbook zine here: https://heyzine.com/flip-book/ae585c58e7.html#page/1

Josh expresses his feelings through his art with bright colours which makes him feel like people can connect to him more, as it creates a happy atmosphere. He likes working with fashion concepts, including making bandanas, t-shirt designs and costumes.

Since joining a Development Team, Josh says, “I’ve learnt a lot and I’ve met people who make me feel really welcome to Pyramid.”

BEYOND Chaos

Thursday 29 June – Thursday 13 July at Archive in Kirkstall, Leeds.

Adam Cox and Ella Schofield showcase the amazing artwork they have been working on during their time with the BEYOND Artist Development Scheme.

Join us on Wednesday 12 July for a celebration event, where we will be screening Adam’s film and hearing about Ella’s colouring book.

When: Wednesday 12 July

Time: Drop in from 1pm-2.30pm or 4pm – 6.30pm

Where: Archive, 94 Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS3 1HD

Cost: Free, plus a drink voucher on arrival

Please visit the Archive website for opening times and venue information: https://archiveleeds.co.uk/

Access: We have produced an easy-read access guide, which you can download as a .pdf file:

Archive easy-read access guide

Inclusive Employment – Short Film

With funding awarded to Pyramid by Inclusion International, a team of people with learning disabilities have created a film to educate employers on how they can make their workplaces more inclusive.

The film explores good practice already happening in Leeds, how organisations can remove barriers, and how workplaces can benefit from having people with learning disabilities as part of their team.

Leigh Bowser – Pottery

I think everyone has felt the pull of the pottery wheel since The Great Pottery Throwdown began. Sunken Studio is a well-known and amazing space on the edge of Leeds City Centre, who offer tutored taster sessions in both throwing and hand building. Using the 16% for artists financial support, I was able to book myself onto one of these courses to learn the basics of handling clay that spins around.

I studied ceramics for half a year during my university exchange programme to Finland, 10 years ago. I’m not sure if that counts as experience – I wasn’t very good at it then, and so I didn’t hold out too much hope for myself now. However, the tutor was excellent and without the language barrier, I was able to fully understand exactly what my hands should be doing throughout each stage of the build.

After learning to centre the clay (coning and flattening the clay three times), I was proud to realise it wasn’t as daunting as I had previously remembered.

We were guided on creating the perfect bottom, ensuring both a sturdy thickness and a smooth even base.

The next task was to pull the clay up from the bottom to form the walls of the pot. A task so nerve racking, I forgot to take any photographs. This one took the most practice, but after a 2.5 hour class, I had made three pots (and one blob of wet clay).

As you can see, my first attempt was the most accurate. The last was when I started to get too confident, and the clay put me back in my place.

The chosen pot will now be allowed the become leather hard before it is trimmed. It will then be allowed to fully dry before it’s first bisque firing. A clear glaze will be applied after, and it will be fired for a second time. If the Kiln God’s are kind, I’ll be able to collect it in around 4 weeks’ time!

The taster session has helped me feel more confident in my understanding and handling of clay, which we often use in the Pyramid studio (even if it doesn’t always require firing), and despite some initial nerves, I had fun – the most important part of any creative activity.

Leigh’s finished pot

High Rise Bramley

High Rise Bramley Celebration Day at Bramley Community Centre.

Apron or Hairdryer?

Apron or Hairdryer? A Matthew Watson Experience is a film by Ben G Brown about Pyramid member Matthew Watson. It was shortlisted in the Yorkshire Short Film Competition, part of Leeds International Film Festival 2022.

Matthew is a visual artist and lead singer of Leeds prog-rock band Ultimate Thunder. The film follows Matthew as he works on his art project, The Matthew Watson Experience, and records Ultimate Thunder’s debut album.

A small number of ‘Matthew Watson Experience’ toolboxes are still available in our webshop: https://pyramid.org.uk/shop/a-matthew-watson-experience-toolbox/

Irregular Art School

The Irregular Art School is a project partnership with the University of Leeds, which is trialling new methods to support the development of learning disabled artists, and addressing barriers to inclusion and access.

You can read more about it, and hear from Lead Researcher Dr Jade French, here: https://spotlight.leeds.ac.uk/world-changers/irregular-art-school/

Places and Spaces: My Bradford

Please join us for our exhibition launch:

When: 11am – 1pm on Thursday 11 May

Where: Kala Sangam Arts Centre, St Peter’s House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4TY

Please visit the Kala Sangam website for more information on how to get there: https://www.kalasangam.org/getting-here-2/

Come and see a display of maps celebrating our favourite things about Bradford, and add your own artwork to our collaborative installation.

RSVP: wdw@pyramid.org.uk

If you can’t make it to the launch, the exhibition will be on from 11 May – 23 June. Please check with Kala Sangam for opening times before travelling.

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