News / 15 Nov 2023

Alumni design six artworks for Leeds 2023 Neville Street exhibition

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

BA (Hons) Fine Art

BA (Hons) Illustration

BA (Hons) Textile Design

Ten unique large-scale artworks celebrating history, life, and culture in Leeds were unveiled in a new outdoor exhibition on Neville Street as part of Leeds 2023 Year of Culture. Six of the artworks were created by Leeds Arts University alumni.

Commissioned by Leeds City Council, the Leeds Civic Trust, Network Rail, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and local Councillors, this installation comprises a gallery wall featuring ten unique works of art by locally based artists. The artists have undertaken a considerable amount of engagement with communities in the development of their artwork which is represented in the final designs with particular emphasis on communities within the south of the city.

“The artists have done an incredible job of representing so many aspects of our heritage, history, and the wide range of cultures in Leeds within their artwork and I think people will enjoy these works for many years to come.”

Helen Hayden, Councillor

Leeds Arts University alumni that were commissioned for the exhibition are BA (Hons) Illustration graduates, Kyle Prior and Megan Dobbyn, who created ‘A Joyous Journey’ and ‘Strength in Community’ respectively; BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate, Amy Hodkin and their design ‘Life in Leeds’; Foundation Diploma in Art and Design graduate, Melody Sutherland, designed ‘Leeds 2073’; BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate, Mike Winnard created ‘Leeds Scenes’; and Printed Textiles alumni, Natalie Ratcliffe designed ‘Conversations in Nature’. Click here to see all of their designs on the Leeds City Station website.

“This vibrant exhibition is a fantastic way to celebrate our region’s diverse communities and rich cultural heritage.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire

“It has been brilliant to work with the artists and local partners to turn this idea into a reality – an idea that will hopefully deliver enjoyment and a lasting legacy for everyone who passes through Neville Street as part of the new Leeds station.”

Anna Weeks, Network Rail


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