Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life In Drawing

February 1st 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci. To celebrate the Renaissance master, Leeds Art Gallery have put on a truly beautiful exhibition of 12 phenomenal drawings by one of the world’s most legendary artists. 

This exhibition showcases the intricate details in every sketch, drawing, study that Da Vinci produced. Seeing the pages displayed from several year’s worth of sketchbooks and journals is has a remarkable thing to behold. In fact, it’s a beautiful way to pay homage to this beloved artist who passed away 500 years ago!

As you walk around the room, you find yourself getting lost in every little scribble, sketch and line in Da Vinci’s work. It has been curated so beautifully and you get to learn a lot about Leonardo’s history as you look at each piece in detail. 

There are so many incredible illustrations focusing on the muscles and structure of both humans and horses. It was truly fascinating to see one of the true artistic masters’ creations right there in front of you.

Leonardo Da Vinci

We can’t recommend visiting it enough. This exhibition will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for any lover of art and illustration and for any history fanatics. 

Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life In Drawing” is open to the general public from today until the 6th May 2019


This article was first published on the Leeds Arts University website

An exciting new project managed by Leeds Arts University, Leeds City Council and Rachel Reeves MP is seeking to commission a public sculpture to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in Leeds.

The project, conceived by Rachel Reeves MP, is now looking to coammission an artist to create an iconic public sculpture to represent the accomplishments of multiple women in the city, creating a more balanced gender representation of public sculpture in Leeds.

It is proposed the artwork will be located at the heart of the new development of Gateway Court at Quarry Hill, home to BBC Yorkshire, Leeds College of Music and Northern Ballet, and sited prominently at the top of a green landscaped, tiered public space visible from Eastgate and The Headrow.

The public will be given the opportunity to see the shortlisted artworks in an exhibition held in the new gallery at Leeds Arts University in May 2019. The selected artist will be paid a fee of £10,000 for the piece, which is expected to cost approximately £40,000 to be produced.

The project is seeking applications from artists ideally based in the UK, with experience of delivering public projects on a similar scale. The deadline to submit is 21 September 2018 and any interested artists can find out more at HERE

Rachel Reeves, MP Leeds West, said:

“It’s incredibly exciting that after many months of planning with Leeds Arts University and Leeds City Council, we are another step closer to creating a city centre sculpture that truly celebrates the women of Leeds.

The achievements of women have been under-represented in local art and culture for too long but the Artist’s Brief, which invites artists to submit their ideas for a sculpture commemorating women’s achievements, is a fantastic opportunity to develop the city’s cultural offering.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the ideas put forward for this project and would encourage as many artists as possible to get involved in this historic piece of work”

Professor Simone Wonnacott, Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Arts University, said:

“It has been a pleasure to be involved in this project, particularly since some of the world’s most significant sculptors are alumni of Leeds Arts University, including Barbara Hepworth. The project will offer a new opportunity for established, and up-and-coming, artists to propose how we can celebrate women’s contribution to Leeds with an innovative and thought-provoking new sculpture.

We are looking for work that will stimulate debate and inspire the next generation of women to be bold and confident in what they can achieve.”