The Artist’s Window
‘The Artist’s Window’ at Wellington Place, which has been installed in the ground floor window of the newly completed 4 Wellington Place, proudly showcases the creative talent of students from the Leeds Arts University.
The competition set a brief, giving the students complete creative licence to transform the window using any medium, from paintings to photo series and even sculptures.
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.
Molly Launchbury, #LiftingUpLeeds.
Date: 19th April – 8th July
The first installation has been created by 2nd-year Visual Communication student Molly Launchbury. Her interactive piece of artwork, based on the owl (the symbol of Leeds) creates the illusion of having grown a pair of wings when standing in front of it.
Motivated by the city centre’s architectural buildings, the mural was driven by a desire to capture the beauty of Leeds’s diversity, with The Parkinson Building and Leeds Town Hall stencilled among the feathers.
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.
“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.”
Stand in front of the wings, strike a pose, take a snapshot, then share it across your social channels using #LiftingUpLeeds and #TheArtistsWindowLeeds. Be sure to tag Wellington Place Leeds and @mollylaunch.designs.