Find out more about the new team and upcoming workshops for the second year of Footsteps into Art.

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The second year of the Footsteps into Art programme has started with some new members in the team. Some of you will know that Claire is expecting a baby so I am providing her maternity cover with the support of Dominika who has just started her education internship in the gallery.

We are both very excited about the forthcoming programme of art workshops, especially about working with Leeds City Academy, our first secondary school, for the first time this month. They will be exploring textile art with artist Vinny James, who will introduce techniques for weaving and making rag rugs to create individual wall hangings which can be joined to make one large wall hanging.

In December, the primary schools that Claire worked with last year will return to the art gallery for the fourth time to explore textile art with Vinny James, and look at colour with Laura Wilson from the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. In the New Year they will come back to explore mark making with myself, Dominika and another artist called Kasia Breska.

Next week we will meet student volunteers who will support the workshops over the next year.  We will spend some time getting to get to know them and then provide training for the role. If you are interested in this, you can find out more on the University of Leeds Volunteer Hub.

Other than this, we are busy preparing for the workshops by getting to know the gallery and the collections, meeting members of the wider team and planning sessions. It has been quite a busy few weeks, and we are looking forward to meeting the pupils from all the schools involved in Footsteps into Art!