A little further afield in Chapel Allerton, Seven Arts are celebrating their twelfth year as an entirely independent creative space. The CIC do not receive funding form Arts Council England and relies entirely on donations, sponsors and benefactors. Seven was born out of a group of local people’s efforts to improve community spirit through the arts. They see themselves as having a crucial role in the linking of the various cultures in and among the LS7 area, hence the name ‘Seven’ was chosen.
Their inhouse café/bar, which boasts a range of homemade cakes and local ales also hosts several events such as art exhibitions, comedy acts, live music and film festivals that are aimed at bringing the community together to celebrate local talent and performing arts.
Run from a former church in Hyde Park, Left Bank is a multidisciplinary arts venue which, after being closed in 1995, was reopened in 2002. A group of residents with a vision to develop the place into a community lead venue for arts, rallied together to restore this grade II listed building. According to Director, Courtney Spencer, the main goal at Left Bank is to inspire growth, connection and wellbeing whilst also offering a stunning setting for celebrations.
She said, “At Left Bank Leeds we are working to create a welcoming and sustainable space that connects the people of Leeds through an accessible programme of arts and events.” Creatives can get together to learn and socialise at several different events on offer at Left Bank such as drawing workshops, sculpture exhibitions and creative open houses.