Gott’s Park Black history walk and creative workshop
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About The Event
Join Heritage Corner's Joe Williams as he delivers a bite sized Black History Walk in Gott's Park connecting industrial growth to untold histories of the African diaspora. This is a specially created walk for the Unseen Histories festival and will take us from the ground we stand on through 6000 years of black history.
Afterwards Garry Barker, Artist and Academic from Chapeltown, will be leading a creative workshop in two art forms responding to the walk. Firstly, Garry will show you how to use unconventional materials, such as coffee, sticks and spices, to capture interesting landscapes of the walk. Secondly, making collaged maps of new trade routes, where we collectively explore contemporary issues surrounding trade and the way people are used as commodities.
Please arrive at either 10:15 to meet on Stanningley Road (opposite KFC) or at 10:30 at the start of the walk, on Armley Ridge Road, opposite the allotments. There will be staff on the day to help you find the locations.
The walk goes across uneven ground and there are some slight hills. The walk is outdoors so please dress for the weather. However, there will be cover and indoor options for the creative workshop.
Unseen Histories is a month-long festival, running throughout September, of artworks and events exploring Black British history in Leeds. The festival is curated by Black artists in and around the city, with support from Heritage Corner, pioneers of the Leeds Black History Walk and Assembly House, an artist studios and project space in Armley, Leeds.
The industrial revolution included contributions of peoples from different parts of the world, many of whom are represented in Leeds today - how can we celebrate inclusion in the telling of these narratives?
Many communities are excluded from the knowledge about the richness and success of Black history and culture in Leeds, the festival aims to give access to this history in unconventional and artistic ways, hoping to engage with the wider community.