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Young at Arts celebrates its first year

Thu 5 January 2017
Part of: Young at Arts | 2015-2017
Young at Arts - Feast of Music & Dance - Morley - 26 Sep 2015 © David Lindsay

To celebrate the end of Young At Arts’ first year, we have released a short film about Anne, one of our participants who attends Richmond Hill Community Centre. The film was made by filmmaker Michael Wray in collaboration with a group of older adults from across Leeds. The group visited the Sharp Project in November last year to contribute to the final edit. After a day in the studio with Michael, we are excited to share it with you.

“I hope this film will show other older people in care homes or maybe at home on their own that we are all still capable of making something – we are more nimble than people give us credit for! It has been so wonderful to meet new people from other [Young At Arts] sessions.” Anne, Richmond Hill Participant.

Yorkshire Dance is excited to look forward to the coming year of Young At Arts. The next project lined up will be a collaboration between Bradford based writer, Christian Watson, and The Real Junk Food Project.

Five FREE workshops will take place at Armley Junk-tion Café, home to The Real Junk Food Project on the last Tuesday of every month, February – June 2017.

Participants will be invited to share stories of cooking with him whilst preparing an evening meal for the group to share.

Christian will collate the stories and create a performance which will be shown at the Young at Arts final Weekend of Wonder in July.


Young at Arts is a two-year project, part of Time to Shine, a six-year programme delivered by Leeds Older People’s Forum and funded through Big Lottery Fund Ageing Better.

Time To Shine takes a city-wide approach to addressing the social isolation of older people. The LEAF partnership’s Young at Arts will create social opportunities through culture and the arts.


The LEAF Partnership • Leeds Grand Theatre & City Varieties • Northern Ballet • Opera North • Phoenix Dance Theatre • West Yorkshire Playhouse • Yorkshire Dance

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