Art trail to look at Kirkstall through both lens and stanza

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Kirkstall Abbey by Mindy Goose.

By Jim Corah

Members of the public are being invited to contribute their photography and poetry to Kirkstall Art Trail.

For KAT2024 organisers are looking for creative members of the community to contribute to the Kirkstall Poetry Trail and the Capturing Kirkstall Photography Competition.

For the photography competition, keen photographers can make a submission capturing the wonder of Kirkstall. There are four themes: Wildlife and Pets; Buildings and Places; Nature and Environment; People and Community. A submission form can be found on the Kirkstall Art Trail website.

The winning photographs will be printed out and put on display at a venue over the Kirkstall Art Trail weekend and for a period of time after.

Lines have been also been drawn up to bring poetry and spoken word into Kirkstall Art Trail. Poets can make a submission to Kirkstall Poetry Trail, which will be printed out for visitors to discover around Kirkstall (submissions can be made to the KAT website).

There will be a writing workshop and various spoken word events, including a open mic in Burley Rugby Club’s clubhouse on Abbey Road.

Kat Williams, a regular artist on the trail and a member of the organising group, said: “I’ve really enjoyed being a part of Kirkstall Art Trail, as an artist and as a volunteer. This year we are expanding the types of artforms that are on display, with the poetry trail offering all poets an opportunity to submit their work and discover it around Kirkstall. There is also an open mic event taking place at Burley Rugby Club, along with a writing workshop.”

Kirkstall Art Trail is a free event that takes place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2024 between 11am-5pm, with venues across Kirkstall hosting artists and workshops. KAT2024 maps will be available during the week to help visitors make their way around. KAT2024 is funded in part with support from Leeds City Council’s Inner West Leeds Community Committee.

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