In recent years the Library has delivered a number of Projects to attract new audiences with the Library and to look at new ways in which we can raise the profile and engage the wider public in the work and significance of our Collections through

The Library has worked in partnership with several arts and cultural organisations.  These have included:

Below are links to some of the projects that the Library has been involved in highlighting some of the many artists, performers and writers who have collaborated to bring our Library and Collections to life.

Much of the work associated with the projects could not have been made possible without the support and funding from a number of funding bodies and grant giving trusts including the Arts Council, HLF, Leeds Inspired and The Bramall Trust.

Most notable are the projects undertaken with Alchemy Anew who with the Library have delivered several projects in recent years including Hidden Diamonds in 2015 and The Haunting: Ghosts of Every Shade in 2016 that combined music, drama, spoken work, film, visual arts, installations, dance and craft to bring unique spectacles and experiences to the Library

Below are links to some of these projects including videos of the some of our many collaborators and contributors.  We will also detail forthcoming projects that we will be taking forward on this pages.

The Hidden Diamond

 

Radiance is a specially commissioned poem written by writer, Rommi Smith  for The Hidden Diamond.

The Haunting : Ghosts of Every Shade

Filmed performances from The Haunting.

Sound clips of the Haunted Doll’s House.

Events at The Leeds Library

The Leeds Library Members' Film Club (TOE2017)

Saturday 7th October,
13:45 to 15:45

PLEASE NOTE - LATER START TIME FOR THE FILM! Members' Film Club: The Film Noir Season Details are only available in the library. £3.00 for refreshments SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY!   more...

A Place called Home: David Oluwale's Leeds - An evening of poetry featuring Imtiaz Dharker and Glyn Maxwell with Caryl Phillips

Friday 13th October,
19:30 to 21:00

Award-winning playwright, author and essayist, Caryl Phillips, is performing as part of an event to remember David Oluwale. His 2007 book, Foreigners, features the life and brutal death of David Oluwa more...

'What do Historians Really Think about Biography? Thoughts from Spain'. A talk by Professor Adrian Shubert

Tuesday 17th October,
18:00 to 19:30

Biography is one of the most popular ways of writing about the past, but historians have long been ambivalent about the genre, often disqualifying it entirely. In this talk Professor Shubert will expl more...

Tour of the Leeds Library

Wednesday 18th October,
10:30 to 11:30

Visit the historic Leeds Library. The oldest surviving library of its kind in the UK. All welcome but booking essential. more...