Projects

In recent years we have extended our work, beyond the purchase of works of art, to include the restoration and building refurbishment projects and education and public programmes.

The Central Court

We supported the creation of the Central Court on the first floor of Leeds Art Gallery, which revealed the original glazed barrel vault ceiling. It has provided a light, white space for large scale installations and it is regularly used for learning activities. It has even been the site of an installation where skateboard coach, Ro Elliott, skated on Dani Abulhawa’s, Drift Tricks, in April 2024. Abulhawa’s work was chosen by Lubaina Himid to feature in the exhibition, Found Cities, Lost Objects.

Ro Elliott, pictured skating on Dani Abulhawa’s Drift Tricks, in the Central Court, in April 2024
Ro Elliott, pictured skating on Dani Abulhawa’s Drift Tricks, in the Central Court, in April 2024

Support for artists during lockdown

During lockdown we supported artists working in the region commissioning a series of online talks in which they shared their experience of maintaining their art practice during the pandemic.

We also supported the Gallery to buy prints from sites such as Vide Atelier set up to provide artists with online purchase opportunities. With funds from the Barbara Roberts Bequest, we funded the purchase of the screenprint, Better Days are Coming I Promise, by Yinka Ilori. This screenprint recalls a temporary billboard created for the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

Better Days are Coming I Promise , 2020 Screeprint by Yinka Ilori © the artist
Better Days are Coming I Promise , 2020 Screeprint by Yinka Ilori © the artist

Butler's Pantry

Most recently we have provided funds towards the reinstatement of the Butler’s Pantry at Temple Newsam.  The new displays will show off the magnificent silver and metalware collections and reveal these behind the scenes working spaces of a great country house.  It includes the Butler’s occasional bed, for use when he was required to work late for grand functions.

Buter's Pantry reinstatement supported by Leeds Art Fund

On the upper floor of our own Leeds Art Gallery, there was a dark corridor!

This was removed to reveal, Wow! A huge barrel vaulted Gallery, with an ancient, rain damaged roof and walls festooned with a giant spiderweb of old cables, looping in every direction.

Just look at it now!

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