A HUGE thank you to all who contributed to and participated in Leeds For All, our four day celebration for International Day of Disabled People, which wrapped up on Friday.

From boxing to singing, and autobiographical writing to poetry – there really was something for everyone. 300 delegates attended our live events, and our pre-recorded content has had over 1,000 views. Purple Patch Arts’ Zoom disco attended by over 60 people and a sold out event focused on strategies for Disability Activism were particular highlights.

The activities weren’t all live – lots of organisations joined in the celebrations throughout the week in their own way, including Healthwatch Leeds and Leeds Museums and Galleries, who released their exhibition, A Day in the Life, on 3rd December. It features a collection of photos and stories from people with disabilities, highlighting their experiences, both positive and negative, throughout the coronavirus pandemic. You can view the collection online here or download the stories directly here.

Possible All Along, a new exhibition of work by 13 disabled artists based in Leeds curated by Gill Crawshaw, also went live as part of #LeedsForAll. You can view the exhibition online here. It is a space to show that disabled artists are an important part of the cultural landscape of the city. The exhibition includes painting, digital art, photography, sculpture and film and features the following artists: alabamathirteen, Si Denbigh, Alfie Fox, Sarah Francis, Mindy Goose, Stephen Harvey, Kirsty Ramsay Hogan, Lily Lavorato, Judit Mathe, Nicole Murmann, Vickie Orton, Ruthie Reynolds, Ria.

None of this would have been possible without the work of the William Merritt Centre to plan and coordinate the event, the support of Councillor Ritchie, Leeds City Council award Councillors and the LCC Equality Hub, who kindly part-funded the programme of events, and the contributions of all who hosted the live events.

If you were able to take part in the events in any way, we would be really grateful if you could share your feedback via this short survey to help us to improve future events: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YTHYDG9

We are planning to write/film/visually interpret a summary/report of the programme so watch this space! In the meantime, you can catch up on recordings of some of the live sessions and enjoy all of our pre-recorded content on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7p8TfCuepMeeUTd5yrdQ7nsroGpnYOh3

Thanks again and see you next year! #LeedsForAll