Student work showcased in ‘The Artist’s Window’ at Wellington Place

23 April 2021

Art works by four Leeds Arts University students is set to be showcased in ‘The Artist’s Window’ at Wellington Place in Leeds.

The work of second year BA (Hons) Visual Communication student Molly Launchbury is the first to be showcased in The Artists Window. Her installation is an interactive artwork based on the owl, the symbol of Leeds. The piece creates the illusion of having grown a pair of wings when standing in front of it. 

Image: Bevan Cockerill 

Motivated by the city centre’s architectural buildings, the mural was driven by a desire to capture the beauty of Leeds’s diversity, with Leeds Arts University’s Parkinson Building and Leeds Town Hall stencilled among the feathers.

Four winning designs were chosen from over 30 entries, and the successful artists will have their pieces on display on a rotational basis, having been selected by a panel of judges. 

The community initiative was set up by MEPC working with Leeds Arts University to help support the creative talent in Leeds, showcasing art installations on the ground floor of 4 Wellington Place. 

Image: Bevan Cockerill 

Competition winning artist Molly Launchbury, said: “During a pandemic there is a movement towards positive affirmations, so I wanted my artwork to be a symbol of reflection as viewers think about what has ‘lifted’ them through lockdown and any previous hard times. I hope it continues to spread positivity throughout the community.

I was honoured to hear I was one of the four winners and it’s a privilege to have my work displayed in a public space. MEPC has given opportunities to many students and aspiring artists and it’s refreshing to see such a big company supporting the local arts sector and providing a platform to showcase their work." 

Dominique Simcox, Head of Customer Experience at MEPC, said: “There was so much talent displayed throughout all of the competition entries, and it was great to see how the brief was creatively interpreted – it certainly didn’t make picking the final winning designs easy. We loved Molly’s positive take on the pandemic and the symbolism featured throughout." and added "We hope that the installations bring a smile to the faces of the Wellington Place and wider Leeds community, all whilst showcasing talented local artists.”

‘The Artist’s Window’ can be found in the window of the latest building to be completed on the site - 4 Wellington Place. 

Visitors are being asked to share their images of the art work on social with #LiftingUpLeeds and #TheArtistsWindowLeeds. 

The next installation will be Daria Kowalczyk, 6th July – 4th October 2021.