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The Woon Foundation Prize 2016 is Open for Applications

Dated: 02/07/2015 The Woon Art Prize 2015 winner Kayt Hughes and her piece ' Study Scores, 2nd Movement 2015 at Baltic 39 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
Student artists from across the UK can now apply for one of the UK’s most generous arts prizes. The Woon Foundation Prize, jointly hosted by Northumbria University, Newcastle, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, offers an exceptional opportunity for final year undergraduate fine art and sculpture students.

The first prize is £20,000 cash and a 12-month studio space based in the Woon Tai Jee studio at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle city centre. The year-long fellowship includes mentoring from staff from both institutions and a final exhibition with catalogue at the end of the Fellowship. There are also two generous runner-up prizes of £9,000 and £6,000 plus a further £5,000 discretionary award.

Kayt Hughes and Mr Woon

Current Fellow Kayt Hughes with Mr Woon

The shortlisted artists will be selected by a panel of judges including Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator, Christine Borland, Turner Prize-nominated artist and BALTIC Professor at Northumbria University, and Karen MacKinnon, Curator and Director, Artes Mundi.

Up to 12 artists will be shortlisted from the open submission for an exhibition at BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39 in summer 2016, with a solo exhibition concluding the Fellowship, at Northumbria’s Gallery North.

Now in its fourth year, the Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2016.
The Woon Foundation Prize 2016 is open for applications until 31 March 2016. For full terms and conditions and to enter visit:

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Yorkshire Has Talent!

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Friends and family of Gemma Newman have got together to run this fabulous event to raise funds for Gemma’s continuing treatment after she suffered a bleed to her brain in May 2014 and lost her mobility, speech and memory. Gemma is fighting back but it is a long road and takes a lot of intensive, expensive therapy.

With so much talent in Yorkshire, friends decided to stage a special Yorkshire Has Talent evening in Wetherby. Auditions take place on 7th and 14th December. Rehearsals are on 4th January and the full show is on 10th January, in front of celebrity judges. There’s also a £500 cash prize!

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So, if you have a talent, prepare to show it off! Book your audition now by contacting:

Kendra: 07703 234 691

Sarah: 07712 629 259


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More Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine at The Grand Arcade

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Our Handmade Collective in The Grand Arcade is holding a Christmas Shopping Event on Thursday 4th December, 4 – 8pm – More Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine!

There will be live music in the Arcade, 10% discount on most items in the shop, and in the run up to the event they are running a competition where 10 pairs of earrings can be won – winners will be picked at random throughout the evening. And, if you wear a Christmas jumper you get a prize! Plus there’s a raffle with prizes totaling over £200.

Fellow Grand Arcade retailers are also participating, with a percentage of sales being donated to the Save the Grand Clock appeal.

Full details can be found on Our Handmade Collective’s facebook page.

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Shop in Chapel Allerton and Win!


Chapel Allerton businesses have got together to put on a promotion where one lucky person can win a great Christmas treat. Participating businesses are all donating £20 in vouchers to spend in their shops, and the winner takes all!

Twelve businesses are taking part, including Armadillo Toys, Crust & Crumb, Radish, Chirpy, The Fruit Shop, Neil the Butcher, George & Joseph, Opposite, Margot and Miller, Glasshouse Gallery and Angels Too. And, still more businesses could join the promotion – so that’s at least £240 in vouchers!

Just pick up a loyalty card from one of the shops and collect 10 stamps from at least four different businesses, with a minimum spend of £5 for each stamp. Then hand the completed card back into one the businesses.

Look out for the posters in the shop windows. The prize draw will take place on the 20th December.

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Script Yorkshire Celebrates 25 Years!

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On 28th June, Script Yorkshire presents an exciting evening of new writing at The Theatre Royal Wakefield, in celebration of its their 25th Anniversary. A region-wide 25th Anniversary Competition for Script Yorkshire members will result in five professionally shortlisted, directed and performed 15 – 20 minute plays.

All plays have a cast of professional actors and are directed by Dominic Leclerc ( Coronation Street, Shameless and currently working on BBC TV The Village 2 with John Simms and Maxine Peake).  Dominic is sourcing actors for the event. The five shortlisted pieces will be judged by a panel including Gary Brown (Royal Court Theatre), David Nobbs (Reggie Perrin), Ian Kershaw (Shameless, Casualty, Holby City), and Lisa Holdsworth (Fat Friends, Midsomer Murders). Patrons, development producers, industry professionals, writing organizations, writers and regional drama makers and practitioners have been invited to attend.

So come and join us and help celebrate the evening and watch an exciting selection of new work.  (Winner will be mentored by BBC’s Gary Brown to develop their piece into a full-length play). The theatre bar will be open for drinks and networking from 6pm and the performances begin at 7pm.

Tickets are £5 (£2 concessions and Script Yorkshire members).

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Hepworth ‘Museum of the Year’ Photography Competition


The Hepworth Wakefield is one of ten finalists for the Art Fund’s ‘Museum of the Year 2013’ prize, the largest UK arts prize, which celebrates the UK’s best museums and galleries.

As part of this, the Art Fund Prize has organised a nationwide competition to find the best photograph inspired by the finalists and The Hepworth is inviting visitors to submit their Hepworth-inspired photographs for a chance to win.

The winning picture will capture the spirit of the museum. It could be the building, the works of art or the people. It could be serious or humorous, a snap or a carefully considered composition – it’s up to you.

The Art Fund will choose its favourite image from each of the ten museum finalists, then ask the public to choose the overall winner.

The winner will receivean iPad mini; aNational Art Pass (free & discounted entry to UK museums and art galleries for a year);an image published in Art Quarterly, the Art Fund’s magazine; and two tickets to the Museum of the Year ceremony on 4th June at the V&A, London.

To enter, submit your photos online at, email or twitpic @artfund. Remember to include your name and title of your photograph and read the terms and conditions at deadline for entries is Wednesday 15 May.


Get inspired with The Hepworth Wakefield’s Photography Weekender at May Bank Holiday (Saturday 4 May – Monday 6 May). Visitors of all ages can take part in free workshops and photography demonstrations to help capture what The Hepworth Wakefield means to you.


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Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe – MPs Launch 2013 Competition

MPs and e-skills UK recently launched the seventh Make IT Happy competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school students aged 9 to 11.

This year’s competition has been specially designed to help children use the internet safely and creatively. Staying safe online is an important skill even for primary age children, and the competition helps them learn how to make the most of the internet without putting themselves at risk.

Children will be asked to create an infographic – a digital poster – that tells other people what they’ve learned and how they too can be safe on the web. This reinforces the learning and helps spread the word about using the internet securely.

£1,200 will be awarded to each of the regional competition finalists, with the overall winning school taking home an additional cash prize of £4,000. Winners will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held at the Houses of Parliament in London in June 2013.

“I encourage all of the local primary schools to get involved with Make IT Happy this year”, said Greg Mulholland MP for Leeds North West. “I’m confident that pupils will enjoy the chance to work together on such an exciting and relevant project, as well as having the opportunity to win cash prizes for their school.”

The closing date for entries is April 6, 2013.

For further information and details of how to enter, visit the website at


The competition is run by the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. It is backed by almost 100 MPs from across the UK.

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Breakin’ Convention Comes to Leeds for the First Time

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The Ninth International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 2nd June. This is the first time the convention has comes to Leeds and promises to be a fabulous event.

Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention presents a dazzling array of the very best in hip hop dance, with local crews opening the show and featuring stunning performances from France’s Vagabond Crew, who won both Battle of the Year and the UK Bboy Championship in 2011, and Clash 66 (France & Korea). As well as breaking and popping, audiences can see different hip hop dance forms, including locking and b-boying, plus newer styles.

The actual show starts at 7.30pm, but the fun starts at 3pm in the foyer with all kinds of hip hop events – there will be rap battles, breaking and street dance battles, workshops and DJs and other family activities – and this part is absolutely free. The theatre will be open right through to 12.30am and there’ll be an after party at Sedgwick Avenue.

Keep an eye on for the latest details.


We have four pairs of tickets to give away – For your chance to win two tickets just answer the following question:

Who is the host of Breakin’ Convention?

a)    Jonzi B

b)    Jonzi D

c)     Jonzi Z

Send your answer to 

Closing date: Saturday 19th May 2012


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Win Tickets to Opera North’s Cautionary Tales!


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March is a month for mischief and Opera North is creating mayhem by offering readers of North Leeds Life’s website five family tickets to Cautionary Tales!, musical moral tales with a twist.

Bad boys and girls including lying Matilda, runaway Jim and daredevil George will entertain you with their disobedient ways and dreadful ends. Full of colourful tunes and stories, this is a lively short piece of musical theatre for all the family based on Hilaire Belloc’s original tales and is an ideal introduction to opera.

Suitable for children aged 5+ and their families. Duration: approx 60 mins.

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Enter now to win one of five family tickets to see Cautionary Tales! between 2nd – 6th March at the Howard Assembly Room.

To enter the competition answer the following question:

Who wrote the original Cautionary Tales for Children?

Spike Milligan

Hilaire Belloc

C.S Lewis

Please email your answer to along with your name and contact telephone number.

Terms and Conditions

Subject to availability, the family ticket is based on two adults and two children and cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. The winners will be picked at random on Wednesday 29th February and will be contacted via telephone.

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Leeds International Film Festival Opens with Award Winning Film

The 25th Leeds International Film Festival opens tomorrow (Thursday 3rd November) with a gala screening of Andrea Arnold’s award winning adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.

The much-anticipated new version of the classic novel set in Yorkshire and filmed on the North Yorkshire Moors has overtaken ‘The King’s Speech’ as the fastest-selling film in the history of the festival which runs from 3rd – 20th November. The Festival – the largest outside London – will feature over 300 films from around the world.

Andrea Arnold will be joined by Leeds actor James Howson, who plays Heathcliff, Shannon Beer (young Cathy) and Solomon Glave (young Heathcliff) for this special screening at Leeds Town Hall.

The festival has also secured a late addition to its programme, with an exclusive screening of Oscar-tipped comedy ‘The Artist’ set in 1920s Hollywood starring Malcolm McDowell and John Goodman as the finale to the event at Hyde Park Picture House on Sunday 20th November.

Other highlights include the popular horror-themed Fanomenon Night of the Dead XI which returns on Saturday 5th November at Hyde Park Picture House; and Fanomenon Day of the Dead 5 at City Varieties on Saturday 12th November, with the directors of three of the four films to be shown making guest appearances. It will also feature the UK premiere of ‘Juan of the Dead’, Cuba’s first independently-produced film to be shown outside the country in 50 years.

Comicbooks, graphic novels, gaming and storyboarding are also celebrated with the return of the fifth Thought Bubble Festival at Saviles Hall and Royal Armouries Hall on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November.

The festival will also feature an appearance by comedian, writer and television star Paul Merton who will present a night devoted entirely to silent film comedy genius at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 9th November.

Tickets for the Leeds International Film Festival including the offer of six tickets for the price of five on all screenings, are available from the City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks, by phone from 0113 224 3801, or from

Festival programmes are available at: Leeds Town Hall, The Carriageworks Theatre, Hyde Park Picture House, Tourist Information Centre – Leeds Station, Leeds Art Gallery, Jumbo Records, ICS Reception – University of Leeds, Travelling Man, Waterstones, Leeds Central Library, Dock Street Market

For more information on the Leeds International Film Festival please visit

Two days left to enter our competition to win tickets to a film of your choice (depending on availability) enter here

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