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The Final Artist’s Window

The final piece of artwork – Cultural Masks – is now on display at 4 Wellington Place

Our Artist’s Window series has been a great success. We’ve showcased the talent of students from Leeds Arts University, and we’re proud to announce that the final art showcase of the series is up at 4 Wellington Place.

Championing the theme of self-expression and motivated by rich African culture, Cultural Masks by Precious Seronga celebrates the unique and interesting qualities of the continent, which may be unknown to many.

Taking inspiration from the facial masks worn throughout the pandemic, which hide our expressions and identity, Precious was empowered to showcase her Maasai tribe heritage to highlight how masks can be used as a form of self-expression and pride.

Originally from the Maasai tribe in Northern Tanzania and Kenya, Precious drew creative thoughts from the beautiful hand-made beadwork the tribe create. Deciding to showcase this traditional skill, the colourful masks in the design were made by Maasai women.

Precious is currently studying a MA Fashion, Entrepreneurship and Innovation course at the London College of Fashion, having previously graduated with a degree in Visual Communications from Leeds Arts University.

Speaking about the design, Precious Seronga, said: “Being African in the western world, I have experienced the distinct lack of education about my continent. To be chosen on the cultural significance of the art was a true honour – not only to myself as an artist – but also to other Africans in Leeds. I believe opportunities like the Artist’s Window are great for young artists to have a dedicated space to showcase their work in order to help them make their way up in such a competitive industry.”

Dominique Simcox, Head of Customer Experience at MEPC, added: “We are delighted to host Precious’ amazing design at 4 Wellington Place – it truly is a fantastic way to end the Artist’s Window series. The artwork comes from a deeply personal place and we love the inspiration points, as well as the education value it brings to the city of Leeds. We can’t wait to see how the public will engage with this and hope they love it just as much as we do.”