Pyramid of Arts’ High Rise Visual Arts group, in collaboration with Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, are creating a sculpture to be placed on the plinth vacated by the old kiosk. The sculpture is being made out of decorated ceramic tiles. (see images below)
The High Rise Project is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. The programme provides creative opportunities for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). People with PMLD have some of the most restrictive lifestyles, so the opportunities that we offer to be creative, express themselves, and to socialise and form friendships is incredibly important. The finished sculpture will showcase the hard work and determination the group have given to the project.
Images below of decorated clay tiles before painting and firing, and sketch of how the sculpture may look.
The earliest records of Armley Mills date back to the 16th Century, and after hundreds of years as an operating mill it finally closed down as a business in the early 1970s. The site was purchased by Leeds City Council, and has operated as a museum since 1982. Once the largest woollen mill in the world, today Armley Mills tells the story of Leeds' rich industrial heritage through the collections, exhibitions and galleries of Leeds Industrial Museum.
High Rise Visual Arts have visited Armley Mills on several occasions for the inspiration to create unique clay tiles which will decorate the outside of the construction. The final sculpture will be on permanent display at the entrance leading from the Cardigan Fields Leisure Complex, over the Buffalo Bill Bridge (a name chosen by history savvy children from Kirkstall Valley Primary School).
Images below show group visit Armley Mills, and see the plinth where the sculpture will be located.