ArtsFest is our student exhibition and performance event program that aims to give all students the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their creativity. Our ArtsFest program runs throughout the year, exploring a variety of themes and disciplines. Each event is hosted at an independent venue in the city. All students are invited to submit so be on the lookout for call outs in your student email inbox! Take a look at just some of the ArtsFest events we've hosted below.
We are also here to support and help you organise any amazing events and exhibitions that you might want to put on yourself whilst you study, the more students involved the better, we love it!
The LGBTQIA+ society, Spectrum, celebrated LGBT+ History Month and the University’s community in the ‘Queer Identity’ exhibition. Hosted at the Corn Exchange in Leeds City Centre over 6 days, ‘Queer Identity’ showcased the work of 13 undergraduate students. The exhibition private view was a lively celebration of queer identity in live music, performance art and drag.
Our Afro Caribbean society celebrated BAME students and alumni in the ‘2020’ exhibition. Hosted at the Corn Exchange in Leeds City Centre over 5 days, ‘2020’ showcased the work of 34 BAME students and alumni. The exhibition private view was attended by students and staff, with live music and spoken word performances.
As part of the Unions first Sustainability Week, our Conscious Creatives society hosted an exhibition celebrating wild flowers, fungi and sustainable practices in collaboration with Kew Gardens & Grow Wild UK. Taking submissions from across the University, the exhibition was hosted at local independent arts organisation, Hyde Park Book Club.
To celebrate International Women's Day, the Union hosted the exhibition titled 'Woman'. Hosted at The Brunswick, the event saw live music and pieces from a variety of courses from Textiles and Photography to Fine Art and Illustration. Limited edition pin badges were also on sale, designed by an Illustration student, with all money raised donated to the Together Women charity.