Forty Nineº

Leeds Art University Degree Show

Once again Leeds Art University (previously Leeds College of Art) degree show highlights the strength of its students and staff output.

In particular, this year’s photography course demonstrates the breadth of the photographic medium.

Forty Nineº refers to the forty-nine students on this years graduating BA (Hons) Photography course. Together they display a range of photographic styles which are both confident and engaging.

The degree show runs through until Thursday 14th June 2018.


  • 1º – Alec Aarons – Born from Red Ash | instagram | web
  • 2º – Jay BexBanality of a Distracted Mind | web
  • 5º – Liz Birch – You don't know me, but you're getting to know me | instagram | web
  • 9º – Holly BraithwaiteSkin | instagram | web
  • 10º – James Brook – I'd put you in a mirror | instagram | web
  • 15º – Sianna ColeThe Cat Eye Effect | instagram | web
  • 17º – Jack Davidson – A Tees Valley | instagram | web
  • 21º – Sam HortonAll for the Sake of Progress | instagram | web
  • 22º – Aston Reid Taylor Howe – What is your coloured life | web
  • 24º – Mimi InglisSomewhere In-between | web
  • 26º – Emily Kerr – Dolled Up | instagram
  • 29º – Liv Marshall – Beyond the City | instagram
  • 34º – Grace O’NeillThe English Riviera | instagram
  • 35º – Olivia ParrBeton Brut | instagram | web
  • 38º – Hilda QuickDefects | web
  • 46º – Abigail Walker – I Do It | instagram

Anthony McCall

Hepworth Gallery – Wakefield

I’ve never been a huge fan of sculpture, but still, the Hepworth is a great gallery to visit to try to provoke a reaction.

However, today’s visit was greatly enhanced by Anthonys McCall’s installation pieces. The main focus of this exhibition comprises two darkened rooms illuminated solely by video projectors.

This creates an interactive space of light and mist, that changes with the composition of the room.

It also reminded me in part of an exhibition I saw in Berlin at the awesome Hamburger Bahnhof gallery. db by Ryoji Ikeda

Cate Le Bon

Sugarhill Gang

Heavy Trash

Kid Creole & The Coconuts

Vamos! Festival

Vamos Festival in Newcastle celebrated it’s 10th anniversary with a closing day performance from Kid Creole & The Coconuts at the Summerhill Bowling Club, Newcastle. Despite the on/off rain it still ended the festival on a high. Vamos has scaled back it’s 2018 programme in Newcastle, but will be back in 2019 and also in Leeds in July 2018.

Brandon Street Night Market

Brandon Street Night Market

I was particularly interested to visit the Brandon Street Night Market at Canal Mills because my family used to own the land when it was previously a furniture wholesaler.

The last time I had been in this particular building it was actually a furniture showroom for contract furnishings.

Times change and now the business is closed and the land is being put to good use as club and events space.

Based just outside Leeds city centre, it position on an industrial estate next to the Leeds and Liverpool canal should mean no complaints from the neighbours.