16% for Art

16% for Art is a Pyramid initiative which increases artist development opportunities for the freelance arts team delivering Pyramid’s work.

Contracted freelance artists are paid for one additional day per project per term for professional development. In addition, contracted artists can apply to our Artist Development and Training fund to support activities such as training, attending conferences and workshops, or research visits.

Pyramid hugely values its freelance creative team and recognises that each person’s individual growth and development as an artist benefits the whole organisation. An artist who has time to practice, learn and reflect will bring all of those skills and experiences with them into their work for the organisation.

Here we share some of the work, learning and development that the team have undertaken with their 16% for Art.

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... Read More...

Tim Curtis – Glyndvillr Lava Flows

I used a holiday in Iceland to rekindle my interest in digital photography with an incredible natural subject on hand every day. The series here... Read More...

Alice Clayden – fabric dyeing

Since graduating from University over 10 years ago (eek!) I have worked hard on building my skills as a community artist working with Pyramid and... Read More...

Leigh Bowser – natural dyeing

As part of my textile and embroidery practice, I try to be conscious of the sustainability of my fabric choices. I have always wanted to... Read More...

Sammy Holden – Hallowe’en and drum practice

Halloween inspired banners, the very start of a new dance track and little drum practice vids! Read More...

Sandy Holden – Dunne’s Cottage

During September and October 2021 I was involved in a project run by The Art Doctors and Arts and Minds Leeds. Six Leeds artists met... Read More...

Alice Burford – slab building

Alice used the 16% for Art scheme to attend a slab building course at Sunken Studios, where she made this beautiful pot. Read More...

Karen Hood – What Lies Beneath the Spurn

This collage is what I made from spending a day at Spurn Point and is called ‘What lies beneath the Spurn’ and the second piece... Read More...

Cassy Oliphant – painting

I’ve run away!  Ok well only for 2 nights, and I’m still in Yorkshire (didn’t need to cross the border/use the Yorkshire passport).  I needed... Read More...

Sandy Holden – Reasons to be Hopeful

I recently took part in a project run by Leeds Playhouse called 'Reasons to be Hopeful'. This was an online project via Zoom meeting once... Read More...

Sandy Holden – mixed media

I was feeling a bit stuck and lacking inspiration on a rainy day so I decided to play around with some mixed media stuff to... Read More...
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