Workshops 2019

This year we have loads of exciting workshops and events for everyone to get involved with! Why not try your hand at making a pinch pot, or painting part of a community mural? Don’t miss the events – this year we have live poetry, sound performance and dance!

Find out more about the workshops and events that will be happening over the weekend:


Kirkstall Abbey community mural
Bobbi Rae
11-4 Saturday and Sunday in the Kirkstall Abbey Cloisters

Piece by piece and throughout the duration of the weekend, a collaborative, communal collage will be built up. Play your part in creating a large scale community mural!

There will also be a display of mural pieces by year 9 students at Lawnswood school. Taking inspiration from the recent projects of Lawnswood school’s year 9 art projects, Bobbi has spent time working with students to produce a number of artworks will will be on display at the cloisters.

Number 1 on the map: Kirkstall Abbey

Geli plate printing
David Hodgson
11-4 Saturday and Sunday

Try your hand at geli plate printing, and take your prints home!
Number 5 on the map: Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club

Giant Dreamcatcher
St. Stephens Community Garden
11-4 Saturday and Sunday

Join St Stephen’s Church Garden Committee and help to build a giant dreamcatcher.
Number 8 on the map: St Stephen’s Community Garden

Cabbabaggio, paint by numbers mural
Headingley Station Allotments Association
11-4 Saturday and Sunday

Join in a large scale paint by numbers mural and see an exhibition of art and curiosities by committee and allotment members.

Number 6 on the map: Headingley Station Allotments

Pinch pots
Smudge Pot Studio
11-4 Saturday and Sunday

A family friendly pinch pot workshop. The pinch pots will be made from air drying clay so that people can take them home at the end of the day. The workshop will run with small groups of 6 at a time, and everyone will make a simple pinch pot and then decorate with mark making tools!

Number 19 on the map: Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Centre

Sun print photography
KAT team
11-4 Saturday and Sunday

Make beautiful photographic prints (cyanotypes) using nothing but the the sun, shapes and special photographic paper.
Number 6 on the map: Headingley Station Allotments

Recycling KAT 2018 maps origami
Emma Saynor

We had a lot of maps left over from last year, so we thought we could recycle them in a fun origami workshop!
Number 20 on the map: Kirkstall Bridge Inn

Explore your environment creatively
Mindy Goose
1-4 Saturday and Sunday

Go for a walk in the beautiful surroundings of TCV Hollybush, and learn how to explore creatively with Mindy. Use your senses to take in your environment, and document your experiences using creative writing, sketching or photography. This family friendly workshop aims to encourage creative ways to enjoy the outdoors. Stay as long as you want!

You can drop in or sign up in advance here:

Number 21 on the map: TCV Hollybush

Kirkstall Art Trail Duck Hunt!
Saturday and Sunday 11-5

Can you find the art trail ducks? 100 ducks will be hidden in our venues each day. If you find one, keep it as a souvenir…But if you find a duck numbered from 1-5 each day, you can win a prize! Visit the Committee hub at Kirkstall Abbey to receive your bag of art trail goodies!

Events/ Performances

Extended poetry reading
Claire Wigzell
Meet at the War Memorial, Saturday and Sunday 12:30

Join Clare to hear her long poem about Kirkstall Abbey and park. Clare will read it in sections, then participants will walk in a silent meditation to experience the places mentioned and have their own response. The poem includes memory, history, myth and characters and is easy to understand.

Number 1 on the map: Kirkstall Abbey

Live sound performance ‘A Dark Paradise’
Performance times: 10.30-11.30 Saturday and Sunday, Kirkstall Abbey Chapter House

A Dark Paradise is a collaborative project from multi-disciplinary artist Dan Beesley and roots musician Benjamin William Pike. The concepts of contrast and tradition are explored with a delivery of improvised music and soundscapes from within historic buildings.

Number 1 on the map: Kirkstall Abbey

A Journey Through Time
Blood Memory Dance
Performance times:
1pm workshop at the back of Kirkstall Abbey visitor centre
2:15 performance 1 of ‘A Journey Through Time’ – Cellarium (Kirkstall Abbey)
3:15pm performance 2 – Church

Blood Memory Dance present ‘A Journey Through Time’ – an intergenerational dance performance directed by Emma Clayton, inspired by stories from Kirkstall’s heritage, geography and people. Prior to the performance there is a 1pm participatory dance workshop for all to enjoy!

Number 1 on the map: Kirkstall Abbey

Latent Power
Rebecca Appleby

A very exciting inclusion for this year’s trail!
Leeds City Council’s Town and District Centre Scheme have commissioned East Street Arts to work with artist Rebecca Appleby on the creation of a new public art commission for Kirkstall, that sits within East Street Arts public art programme, ‘A City Less Grey’.

The large scale sculpture ‘Latent Power’ will be placed in the grounds of the Leisure Centre and will pay homage to the local heritage and industrial landscape, with particular reference to the waterwheel that played an important role in the economic development of the Kirkstall neighbourhood.

We hope that the people of Kirkstall will enjoy this new addition that will put Kirkstall firmly on the cultural map of the city!

Number 15 on the map: Latent Power

Animals of Abbey House
Number 2 on the map: Abbey House Museum

Show and tell: get up close with museum objects, and add an animal to our art wall which will then be displayed in Kirkstall Abbey visitor centre on Sunday 21st July. Why not follow our animal trail around the museum? (normal admission applies)