Man, the weather turned cold last week didn’t it?
I know, it’s tempting to hibernate at this time of year, until your body is over the shock of the temperature drop, your eyes accustomed to the dark and your wardrobe starts knowing again what on earth you’re supposed to wear.
We’re in a slight post-summer no man’s land, at least until my birthday (end of October, so still time to get a gift) and bonfire night. Refusing to mention the C-word yet.
But Yorkshire isn’t giving up on life that easily. There are still loads of great things to get out and do. Here are my suggestions for this week.
Faces, Anatomy of Autonomy at Leeds gallery
Like many others, I changed my Twitter profile pic last week (yes, that’s my cartoon interpretation of me) in honour of this exhibition at Leeds gallery. It’s part of an ongoing project by Lee Goater which started in 2012 with his anonymous distribution around the country of 180 Polaroid-sized magnets featuring eight different characters.
Faces, Anatomy of Autonomy takes the project into a second phase, with the exhibition aiming to question the difference between who we are and how we are perceived.
As well as photographic prints showing places the magnets popped up, at the exhibition you can take a template and create and print an image of your own identity using stamps, stencils, moveable components and even an app. Now I love me some interactive art and was dearly hoping to get to the gallery for this but alas I don’t think it’s to be (it’s on until Monday October 21). If you’re in the same boat, you can download the app for iOS and Android instead (thanks to Cheery Little Thing for these links and additional info on the exhibition).
(images via Leeds gallery)
One of the nicest surprises about the arrival of Trinity Leeds has been the big addition its bars and restaurants have made to Leeds’ social scene (see my posts on Angelica and The Botanist). As I’ve said before, I think street food is coming of age in Yorkshire and Trinity is right to recognise the quality and authenticity of the dishes the men and women inhabiting these little vans are putting out.
Tomorrow (October 17) sees the opening of Trinity Kitchen which, as well as some permanent food outlets, will see five street food traders every month literally lifted into the first floor of the mall. This photo tweeted by Manjit’s Kitchen of their van going in proves it!
Take a look at this video to find out more and get your mouth watering.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview last night and promise you will not be disappointed by the design, food or the atmosphere. Very, very cool.
Host a bake off for breast cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (a cause I have already explained is close to my heart) and Friday (October 18) is their Great Pink Bake Off. The idea is you gather your best baked goodies and invite friends, family and colleagues to eat cake to their heart’s content in exchange for a donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. What’s not to love? Visit the website for recipe ideas if you’re stuck.
Dress Me Beautiful fashion show
It may not have all the glitz and glamour of the Harvey Nichols event I shared with you on Monday but the Dress Me Beautiful fashion show at Leeds Town Hall on Friday (October 18) is where independent and local designers and recent graduates show their creations. Expect fun and flair and maybe even a big name of tomorrow. If you can’t make it I’ll be blogging about it soon.
Do any of these things take your fancy?
Is there anything else you know about that is going on?