Goodbye for now A R T U R N


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There’s moments of self doubt; Questioning if you’re good enough, questioning if your work is good enough. Then there are the moments after when it’s even a struggle getting people to take the time to appreciate all of your hard work and efforts.

Being an artist in a world where opportunities are lacking can affect people in many different ways. Some artists give up, sticking to their day job. Others persevere through the dark times of being unknown and others get the opportunities.

Wouldn’t this world be better if we each used our individual talents and skills to give others opportunities? To open doors to people who are carrying too much to open them with their own hands?

Here at The Arts Platform, we think that giving people a chance to show their work and in turn show people themselves is exceptionally important. Especially so that future generations of artists don’t have to worry about if their work will be seen.



A R T U R N has been running art exhibitions all over Leeds and London. However, the student run collective only promised us a month and that month has sadly come to an end.

Back in January, we got the opportunity to interview Kendra Howard, co-founder of A R T U R N, which you can read through the link below if you haven’t already done so.

The idea was to give young artists an opportunity to display their work. An opportunity that is not so easily come across, especially for free. Bringing multiple different artists together for exhibitions lasting up to a week or two; Kendra Howard and Tilly Davies gave their audiences an experience to remember.

Exhibitions such as participate that made attendees get involved with the art, really brought the art to life. Everyone’s experience of ‘Participate’ was completely different to the next persons which is what is so inspiring, an exhibition that can go from fun to personal in a matter of minutes is an exhibition that works, and does its job.

These art exhibitions were truly one of a kind, people of all ages joined Kendra and Tilly in appreciating the work of all the featured artists.

A silent film festival was also run by the girls which was hosted at Nation of Shopkeepers (a great place, which everyone should check out at some point). This exhibition gave artists of a different talent a chance to display their work. The audiences looked on as student film makers from up and down the country brought their films to life.

The Art Platform’s very own Oliver Asadi premiered his new silent short film ‘Niyaz’.

“It was such a cool experience getting to show my work. Getting my name out there is something that will help me progress. It was awesome of Kendra and Tilly to set this up and let me get involved.”

Throughout the past month we have been graced by some inspiring talent that would have gone unseen if not for the hard work and dedication of Kendra and Tilly have put in.
A R T U R N gave artists a chance to be seen, to have their work viewed and to get their names out there… After all it is A R T U R N (Our turn, for those non-Yorkshire folk out there).

“We have thoroughly enjoyed planning and organising the series of events hosted at BR:EAK over the past month. We have made some great friends and made links with wonderful artists who will definitley be taking part in our next venture. With very generous donations made at our events we have raised enough funding to now continue our organisation! Our aim is to put on an art event every two months. Always free and always fun! A R T U R N’s future is looking great”- Kendra Howard

We hope we haven’t seen the last of these guys as it would be a damn shame, but until then; Thanks for the art, the hard work and the countless opportunities.


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Extraordinary People by Louis Fitzpatrick


Back in December of last year, we had the pleasure of interviewing aspiring photographer Louis Fitzpatrick. Since we last caught up with Louis he has completed one of his collections which will be published on his website shortly. However, The Arts Platform has been given exclusive access to publish the collection.JPEG image-C53F8461DEBE-1.jpeg

The series named “Extraordinary People” is a collection based on how people are perceived. How we as individuals judge and make assumptions before we know anything about others.

“I have taken each image in a way that doesn’t reveal the subjects background, unbeknown to the viewer each individual has an amazing story to tell. Once the narrative is revealed the viewer’s perception of that person may change. The series is to show why we shouldn’t judge people based on their appearance.”

Using the Nikon D800, Louis created a collection that is of high quality images that once explained can cause a viewer to do a double take, to appreciate the photographs and individuals in a different way.

“My favourite thing about producing these images was getting to know each of the individuals personally. At each photo-shoot I had to opportunity to chat with each of the models and find out about their extra ordinary stories on a one on one basis; at one of models houses I spent a couple of hours chatting before even taking any photos.”

Louis has taken the opportunity to tell the stories of those who otherwise would not have a chance to. Taking something that potentially can be extremely personal, Louis has respected each individual and in turn developed a collection that makes its viewers think twice about how they perceive others.

We look forward to seeing what new collections Louis will be creating over the next year.

Update: Extraordinary People is now available to view via Louis’ wesbite via this link 

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Erin Moore: Photographer 

How many people can say that their hobby is their job? Or that their job is their favourite thing to do? Not many is the answer to both of those questions. It’s a rarity in this world to come across people who truly without a doubt love their job.12670552_1074197065977859_8137604685492332200_n.jpg

Erin Moore,21, is one of those lucky people. Driven by her need to create art and to be able to say something with it, Wakefield born Erin is a photographer/journalist/professional gig finder.

Since the age of 11 I’ve always carried a camera around with me.

Self teaching throughout her younger years helped Erin through her A level photography course which swiftly moved her on to a degree in Contemporary Photographic Arts, which she graduated with a 2:1 in 2015.

During her degree, Erin came to realize that she could potentially make a career out of her photography.

In 2014, Erin set up Forte Photography, where she works as a freelance live music and portrait photographer.


My love for capturing emotive photographs of musicians fuels my ambition to work with huge bands, artists and the biggest shows in the world.”

Working as the photographer in residence for the Yorkshire Live Music Project (Link below) and also a photographer for the online music magazine Backseat Mafia, creating content for their websites by covering gigs, concerts and festivals in Yorkshire. Photographing bands and artists such as; Bring Me the Horizon,Bowling for soup, The Pretty Reckless, Like a storm and Escape the Fate. Erin has also been writing for online magazine Backseat Mafia (Link below).

In 2014 Erin got one of the biggest breaks a music photographer could wish for. Lead singer, Taylor Momsen, of The Pretty Reckless re-posted one of Erin’s gig photographs on Instagram. As with any of Taylor Momsen’s posts the photograph of her got over 44,000 likes on Instagram. The iconic photograph was then printed onto thousands and thousands of T shirts for fans around the world to buy.


When it comes to shooting for her job, Erin has perfected the way she approaches every new project.


For the band I am shooting, I will check out other shots people have taken of them on the tour. To see how the lighting has been or see if they have their own lighting guy. I will research the way the band moves around the stage, so I can work out the best position for me to be in to get the best shot that I can.”

Discovering her passion at young age gave Erin an advantage others late to the game could wish for.

Take a lot of photos, you will only get better the more work you produce.”

To further her knowledge of photography, Erin constantly researches different photographers in her own field and in others in order to develop her skills. Networking with photographers by getting to know them and chatting about their editing techniques is another one of Erin’s way to improve herself as a photographer.


Black and white, high contrast photographs are my favorite styles of photography. My ‘Bring me the horizon’ shots are some of my favorite ever. I used the Sigma 35mm Art series lens and it was perfect for their dramatic lighting. Super sharp photos.”

Oliver Sykes of Bring me the Horizon photographed by Erin Moore at Doncaster Dome

Mixing two of her life’s loves is a great way to live. Erin not only gets to photograph every day but she also gets to photograph some amazing bands and artists.

In the future I would love to be shooting every weekend at festivals and/or touring with a band.”

Speaking of the future, Erin also has big plans to start her own project with close friend and journalist Emma Mcyntire.

It will hopefully be starting very soon. Networking, putting myself out there and shooting a lot will get us there!”


The Arts Platform is a diving block for any and all creative people. We are inspired by the creative young talent out there and only hope for the best when it comes to our featured talent.

We look forward to seeing what Erin accomplishes in the next year and look forward to meeting back up with her and Emma when their project is heavily underway.

The Yorkshire Live Music Project –

Backseat Mafia –

If you want to see more of Erin’s work now, then check out her Facebook page, Forte photography.


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A R T U R N is a student collective that started right here in Leeds when Kendra Howard,21, and Isobel Adderly,22, attended frieze fair in London in late 2015.Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 20.56.32.png

Shocked at the low number of female artists in attendance at the fair; they decided to set up a series of exhibitions for females only.

“We soon realised the unsustainability for this and ended up focusing more on student artists. Another group who don’t have enough opportunities in the world of art and exhibitions.”

Over 6 weeks Kendra and artist Tilly Davies,22, are running exhibitions in and around Leeds while their other co-founding member Isobel Adderly is down in London running exhibitions and finding artists down there.

Kendra Howard, Co-founder of ARTURN, speaks to us about the inspiration and her thoughts of young artists and the art world.

Hey Kendra, so let’s start from the beginning, where did this idea start?

We just wanted to give students a chance to exhibit their work for free on a professional platform to enhance their chances of success post-graduation, and our six week festival just started out as a one night exhibition and ended up becoming a huge event! It has been great fun though and has given us so much more opportunities to give to other students!

How long have you and Isobel known each other?

I met Isobel in 2013, as we both were on a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Leeds College of art, we have since gone down different routes in terms of our artist career but remain good friends with similar ideals on what we would like to both give and receive from our art! With Isobel in London, I actually work alongside another student Artist Tilly Davies, who is now a member of ARTURN also. We make most of the decisions and organise most of the events due to the logistics of it and Isobel remains our London-based member who organises for London-based artists to exhibit with us.

Where did the name come from?

As students ourselves, we felt it was our turn, so phonetically that’s what ARTURN sounds likes, however we incorporated the word ‘ART’ too and I suppose you have to have a bit of a Yorkshire accent too to make it sound like our!

What types of artists are you looking for or is there no specific focus?

There are really no specification to what we look for in artists, we like to strike up conversations with people and keep everything very casual. We don’t like to scare people off with unfriendly submission forms and we like to keep an ongoing open conversation with all those involved. We aim to challenge the existing relationship between artists and curator by bringing the two roles closer together to created artist-curated exhibitions and involved young artists with a new and fresh approach to exhibiting. So to answer the original question I suppose we look for people that are really open to new ideas and experimental with their work, something that helps to create the whole package in our exhibitions.

How is the experience going so far?

Yeah really great, we have done lots of fundraising in our gallery whilst it’s being open and it has been a great success so far, the more money we raise the better our next series of events will be and the more opportunities we can provide! We have learnt a lot, more than with anything else I have ever done, and also met some really great people too. We have set up some good connections with other artists and collectives that will make our next events bigger and better.

Would you do this again?

Most definitely, it’s extremely rewarding and so exciting to be organising!

What feedback have you had so far?

We have been told lots of great things by visitors and artists. A lot of people thank us for the opportunity we have given them, and many visitors comment on how professional the works are to say all participants are students, all of which go from GCSE all the way to Degree Level! So all in all, it’s been extremely positive so far, and we really thank everyone for such positive support!

Like The Arts Platform,you guys have set up a free space for people to Display their work; do you think there needs to be more opportunity for young people?

Oh most definitely! As young people, I feel we really struggle in the art world. Like all other careers you need to have a lot of work experience to gain a full time job and with the nature of artist careers, it becomes very difficult to gain the type of experience needed to achieve your goals. We want to give young people the chance to gain confidence and feel proud of their work.

Here at The Arts Platform we would say that there isn’t enough free opportunity for creative people to display their work in the north, do you agree and what are your thoughts?

Yeah for sure, and it can be quite a vicious cycle – students and young people never get the opportunity to exhibit and that forces them to loose confidence in their work and their abilities to succeed. Then because of this, when the rare chance to exhibit work comes up they feel too self-critical or unconfident with their work to take the opportunity. Although saying that, this is not limited to the north, I feel this is happening all over the UK and London, especially, has even less opportunities for free. This means students are also put off by the high prices for space rental or exhibition participation.

Clearly A R T U R N is a shining example of young people going out and making their dreams happen for themselves. In todays culture of dog eat dog it can be aggravatingly difficult to get your work and yourself out there for people to see. People like Kendra, Isobel, Tilly and ourselves at The Art Platform have realised how difficult it is to be seen, and have decided to do something about it.

If you have an idea or are an artist in any of the many forms then don’t hold yourself back as there are collectives around like A R T U R N and The Arts Platform whose sole purpose is to increase the exposure of young creative talents.

Here at The Arts Platform we look forward to going along to the next A R T U R N exhibition taking place on Thursday 4th February at Br:eak, Cross York Street, LS2 7EE

Check back soon when we will be featuring A R T U R N again for a catch up to see how everything went.

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Gemma Wade: Fashion Designer 

Finding her passion at a young age; Gemma Wade, 21, has been working towards a career in fashion from very early on.

Growing up in Spalding, Lincolnshire, Gemma packed up and moved to HuddeScreen Shot 2016-03-02 at 20.56.48.pngrsfield to start her degree in Fashion design with Marketing and promotions at the University of Huddersfield.

“I have always been interested in anything fashion related from a young age… i love designers such as Mary Katrantzou and Holly Fulton as they always produce such beautiful collections from season to season.”

As like a lot of young people these days, Gemma is driven by the thought of succeeding. “I always want to try and be successful in what i do and so i always push myself to try harder.”

“I hate the thought of failing.”

For her final year of university, Gemma is currently in the process of designing a fashion collection.

Inspired by the architecture and interior details you would find in english royal palaces and stately homes, Gemma says ‘I hope my collection turns out to be the vision i have in my head, which sometimes can be hard to produce when we have to logically pattern cut the garment in 2D to get the 3D product.’

“I hope i’ll be proud of what the collection is and not hate it because I’ve seen it too much!”

Looking at Gemma’s designs so far, the collection is filled with intricate patterns and intriguing shapes that can take you from one aspect of the design to another. The colours reflect those of what you would find in stately homes; Blacks, deep and royal blues which are complimented by metallic golds.

Taking inspiration from many different parts of her life, Gemma says, “It’s hard to pin point exactly where and how i find inspiration because it can be different for every project… Sometimes i will find an image on ‘Pinterest’ that i find interesting which i will look further into and develop an idea. Other times i will go somewhere and love the architecture of a particular style or city and take inspiration from that.”

The process of creating a collection (especially one with a strict deadline) can be daunting and exhausting. Fashion design students have it tough when creating their final collections as they are really thrown in at the deep end.

Being inspired, researching, illustrating, designing, designing some more, pattern cutting again and again and putting everything together to create a final collection is handwork and a challenge for such young designers however Gemma thrives from the challenge of the technical elements involved.

“Pattern cutting can be really hard work because it can be really technical… But i like it! I feel good once i have completed the pattern and it actually works!”

“I love seeing designs come together to form a collection especially when we manufacture a design and it goes perfectly”

With anything taken on in life there can always been moments of self doubt, “I know that before I started my degree I was worried that I wasn’t good enough for the course but don’t worry because you develop over the years and there is a big difference now from where I started in first year. Just enjoy yourself and take every opportunity you can. A course that offers a placement year is a bonus because I took a placement year and I learnt so much and I feel that it has prepared me for final year and when I work in industry.”

During Gemma’s own placement year, she was given the opportunity to work a s a junior knitwear designer supplying to high street brands. Over the year Gemma not only learned invaluable knowledge, she also had one of her own designs supplied to Sainsbury’s own fashion brand ‘TU’.


Here at The Arts Platform, we look forward to catching up with Gemma in a couple of months to see how her collection is doing.

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Louis Fitzpatrick: Commercial Photographer 


5979_1053708054693427_2365032716626670657_nWhen Louis Fitzpatrick,22, from Altofts in Wakefield, first started his foundation degree in photography at Wakefield college, he was unaware of how much he would grow to love the course. Fast forward four years later and Louis is now in his final year of his BA Hons commercial photography degree at the University of Derby.

During his foundation degree at Wakefield college Louis learnt about different styles of photography and over the course learnt different techniques and about different photographers that inspire him even now.

“Throughout my time in education I have developed a passion for photography, along with strengthening my technical skills. It enabled me to be creative and in a way that allowed me to be in total control of the outcome, leaving me to develop my own style of work”

Inspired by photographers such as; Jane Bown, August Sander and especially Toby Keller.

Image by Louis Fitzpatrick inspired by the work of Toby Keller.

“Keller uses slow shutter photography, this type of photography enables you to paint with light in a way and creates a ‘neon’ effect.”


Louis has a keen interest in commercial photography which he hopes to peruse a career in. Recently getting into portrait photography Louis is constantly bettering himself to become an even better photographer.

“It would be a dream come true to make it in the industry.”

Speaking on other types of photography, such as fashion, Louis says he could not truly create something amazing if his heart isn’t in it.

Louis works on a range of different projects whether it be; for personal use, for university or for clients. As a young developing photographer, Louis has become more confident with how he handles projects. He says “Every new project starts the same… With an idea. No matter how stupid or unrealistic it is. I work on the idea to make it possible.”

Treating every project with such attention shows just how much of himself he puts into each photograph he takes. Taking an idea that is unrealistic and making it happen is a sign of a dedicated photographer who at a young age shows the maturity of a photographer who has been in the industry for years.

“Nothing is impossible.”

Louis is driven by self motivation and the positivity of the people who he surrounds himself with. He says “They inspire me to push myself further all the time.”

“I always want to be a better photographer. No matter how good I think a piece of work is, I always want to produce something better the next time.”

Developing an online photography portfolio called ‘Daukarhoto’ (the link is down below) which translates to ‘photography’ or to ‘take a photo’ from the afroasiatic language known as Housa. Louis has amassed a following of people who take an interest in the style of photography Louis produces.

You can follow Louis journey through photography through his portfolio. Looking through the different collections it’s interesting to watch how he has grown as photographer from his first sets of photos to the latest photographs.


Speaking of the future, Louis says he hopes to see himself working in advertising as he is particularly interested in commercial photography. Currently prioritising his degree which will open doors for him, he will focus on getting his name and his work out there once he has graduated from university.

Here at The Arts Platform we look forward to seeing how Louis will progress from now.

Check back in a couple of months where we’ll be back with Louis discussing and focusing on one of his many collections.

If you want to see more of Louis’ work now then check out his website

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King Lion: Graphic Artist

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Growing up in Altofts in Wakefield, Oliver Asadi has been creating art since he was 13 years old. Starting off by running wrestling promotions with his friends, Oliver was the creator of all the art used in videos and advertisement.Throughout my education I’ve been more on the Art and Computer side of things rather than the standard subjects so I guess that helped me combine the two. I also got a degree in Computer Animation & Special FX last summer!”

Under the alias of King Lion; Oliver now works as a freelance artist. Creating pieces of art for music artists to use for their album covers and promotions.

Inspired by people who leave legacies bigger than themselves; King Lion creates art that incorporates wildlife and greenery.

In a majority of Oliver’s work you can see the repeated use of wildlife which he says ‘Ties into my alias King Lion and it’s a cool way to add my imprint on my artwork.’

Working with many different music artists; Oliver says his process begins by taking inspiration by what’s around him and what the music artist he is working with wants.

I work with my collective Shamans Are Alive personally like in-house designing so I handle all that artwork when they have music they want to release. I just wanted to make a cover that I felt represented the sounds and aesthetic of my Masked Shaman Project.”

 Only bigger and better things can happen from here on out for the young artist.

I’m just creating my own wave unlike the majority of people who are riding on others”

 Check back soon for a catch up with King Lion on the release of his first album ‘Chimera Land’

 Follow King Lion on twitter @oliverasadi


Fay Eve Richardson: Fashion Designer


Fay Eve Richardson,21, is an enthusiastic and exceptionally talented young fashion designer with dreams of making her way into the fashion industry within the next 5 years.


12274625_1029555703775329_7665648775034733027_n.jpgNewcastle born; Fay made her way down to Yorkshire to pursue her career in fashion. Starting at the University of Huddersfield, just over three years ago, Fay is going into her final and most intensive year of her ‘Fashion design with Marketing and Production’ course. After learning and absorbing as much as she can from her first three years; One of which was a placement year which she spent at Me & Thee, a womenswear design company, where she was an intern design assistant. Fay is now starting her final year fashion collection, which will include 12 pieces of which she must create 3 outfits from.

From an early age Fay knew she would go into fashion, “I was 7, when I announced to my mother’s work colleagues that my tights ‘were in fact mustard’ coloured instead of yellow, that I needed to work in the fashion industry at some point in my life.”

At high school, she was introduced to another side of fashion. Studying textiles at both GCSE and A level, Fay says, “I excelled more in practical classes where I was able to work innovatively as opposed to the academic subjects like maths and science.”

As Fay progressed through to higher levels, she was exposed to many different aspects; such as research, design and manufacturing. Not put off by the high intensity that fashion is, Fay went on to university where she continued her fashion journey.

When discussing her fashion career, Fay refers back to how when she was younger she would help style her mother.

“My family, without a doubt is my everyday inspiration. I am so lucky to have such a positive and supportive family that love me limitlessly. My parents are there for me 24/7 and I don’t think I would be in the position that I am today, if it wasn’t for their constant affection and provision. I am proud to be their daughter.”

They have been her ‘Solid ground’ when her work has been successful and when things have gone wrong they have helped pick up the pieces.

For her final fashion collection; 12 pieces must be designed out of which 3 outfits must be created. “I want my collection to be a successful high end contemporary collection, with elements of technology, pops of colour and contrasting fabrics and shapes including elements reflective of my personality and interests.

“Living on the coast inspired me for this collection. After struggling with anxiety and low self esteem, I found comfort in long walks along the beach; the sound of the waves soothed my mind and lifted spirits as they crashed on the shore. There’s something about the beach that creates a sense of being, you begin to notice the life that is living alongside you. The coast is an inspirational place for me; the colours, textures and shapes created as a result of nature and science feed my creative mind.”


“I was also inspired by a picture I saw in the independent magazine about microscopic seawater. The intricate creatures and minute life forms that cannot be seen by the human eye stimulated ideas for shape and print.”


Above you will see Fay’s mood-board she is using for inspiration for her collection.

As a design student, Fay says, she finds inspiration in the outside world and in exhibitions of relevance in order to be inspired by a secondary source.

After 2 long years of gruelling hard work; Fay has come out on the other side of it, as an inspiring young designer.

“Do not restrict yourself and work hard from the very beginning! First year results may not count but the knowledge and skills learnt are crucial.” She advises young aspiring fashion enthusiasts.

Fay is currently in the process of collating research, inspiration and designs for her final collection.

Check back soon for an update on Fay’s progress and her fashion journey. Next time we look forward to viewing her collection.

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