The Artist’s Window
‘The Artist’s Window’ will be located in the ground floor window of the newly completed 4 Wellington Place and will see the space transformed with specially commissioned pieces from Leeds Arts University students.
The students have been set a brief to transform the window with specially commissioned pieces from any medium – from paintings to photo series and even sculptures. The initiative gives the artist complete creative license to create whatever they’d like to showcase.
Of the 33 students who responded to the brief, four lucky winners will be selected by a judging panel to see their work showcased in the space on a rotational basis throughout the year.
Dominique Simcox, Head of Customer Experience at MEPC, said: “After a year that proved difficult for everyone – especially the arts community – we wanted to support our local artists by firstly providing a central, public space in which they could exhibit their works, and secondly by funding and commissioning a series of bespoke pieces especially for Wellington Place. The window space in 4 Wellington Place offered the perfect location for us to do this.
“We have worked with the Leeds Arts University for many years and the talent that the students deliver never fails to impress us. We hope to spread a little more joy to both Wellington Place and the wider Leeds community with the installations. We encourage everyone to come down and take a look through The Artist’s Window to enjoy the exhibits.”
Elli Whitefoot, Assistant Careers Employability & Enterprise Manager, Leeds Arts University, added: “We’ve done a number of projects with Wellington Place now, and it’s great to see a commercial developer supporting the arts in Leeds. The brief really allows our students to be creative, and we’re watching with excitement to see the various installations on display over the coming months, in such a prominent space in Leeds city centre.”
First installation: Molly Launchbury, #LiftingUpLeeds.
Date: 12th April – 5th July
#LiftingUpLeeds is an interactive piece of artwork based on the owl – the symbolic bird of Leeds. When you stand in front of it, the piece creates the illusion of having grown a pair of wings. As you look closer, you may notice intricate drawings of the university’s Parkinson Building and Leeds Town Hall stencilled among the feathers.
Motivated by the city centre’s architectural buildings, the mural was driven by a desire to capture the beauty of Leeds’ diversity. As an illustrator and graphic designer, Molly initially sketched the design by hand, allowing her to encompass fine lines and delicate details. Once finalised, the artwork was composed through digital software. This approach combines her passion for hand-rendered illustrations and digitally developed art.
Over the years, Molly has explored a variety of different art forms and as a second-year student she is still discovering her individual aesthetic. With a background in fine art, Molly enjoys taking the time to create pieces by hand, which can then be enhanced digitally using a variety of creative programmes.