Affordable art at Christmas, great music, local ale, a sense of humour, what’s not to like?
Christmas Art Festival, Temple.Works.Leeds, December 8, 11 am – 11 pm. www.leedschristmas.co.uk
What do three young artists – Claudia Bowler, Hannah Chapman, and Richard Oldfield – have in common? Well, a dark side, for starters … with some startling humour. Rick is the one who created a whole-room installation of duct tape, and dared people to enter into its slippery, strobe- lit interior. Claudia created a bathroom from scratch, and painted each individual tile with a “sinister private act”. And Hannah made a tunnel for people to stumble through, “mind your head!” encountering beautiful objects that expressed different parts of her life.
So they do like to startle, but they like others to be there for the ride: they want to be noticed, but they also want to make their art their day job. And most importantly, they want to make art and objects that can be enjoyed by a democratic platform: affordable art for all, things that people actually want to buy, wear and adore.
As such they’re part of the growing DIY movement in the North. This year they decided to stop beating their heads against the walls that separate them from their markets, and to go directly online to their audience. Part of this decision then branched out into the idea for a Christmas Art Festival, bringing in different artists, makers, and musicians who also want to go directly to those who will enjoy and purchase their work.
Claudia says: “This is our first festival market. But Leeds has so much potential, especially now; it’s an exciting time to be here. We wanted to reach out and find others like ourselves and do something Christmassy; what better than a market? With things people actually want to buy”?
At price points for original work, clothing, prints and accessories that go as low as £15 they have something for everyone. They’ve teamed up with another young local hero (our favourite Leeds Brewery) and with some wonderful local musicians for the evening – all of whom who share their spirit of DIY, humour and get-on-with-it attitude. There’s also talk of mulled wine, self-art and – uhhh – mince pies too, not to mention (sinister?) fairy lights, so get on down to Temple.Works.Leeds for Leeds’ first Christmas Art Festival, December 8. And bring a thirst, a musical ear and a shopping list.