Last week I attended the launch evening of the Leeds Creative Family Tree, which is an ongoing not-for-profit project designed to showcase the huge range of culture and creativity in Leeds.
It all began the winter of 2012, photographer Sara Teresa wanted a good way of introducing people to each other, and after consulting with Split who specialises in creative graphic design, they came up with the first Quarry Hill ‘family tree’. After the success of this initial idea they decided to develop it further, with the primary aim of encouraging networking and collaboration between people of a similar ilk, and bringing out these creative talents to a wider community.
The aim of the launch party was to distribute the first two volumes of the Family Tree, which showcased the talent in the Quarry Hill and Mabgate/Sheepscar areas of Leeds. As a not-for-profit venture the initial funding came from a successful Kickstarter campaign, where £1756 was donated and raised from the generosity of organisations and individuals alike. This was used to print and distribute the first two family trees.
There was a great turn out to the event, with many of the people included in the family trees and supporters of the Kickstarter campaign in attendance. It was also fantastic to see two of these creative talents, and members of the family showcasing their produce – Leeds favourites The Grub and Grog Shop and That Old Chestnut!!
I picked some really moreish Peanut Butter Tiffin which was incredibly unctuous!!! It was so good I left with another piece of Peanut Butter Tiffin, but also their Chocolate and Stem Ginger Tiffin!!
Of the two wraps I had I preferred the vegetarian option, which was absolutely bursting with flavour!!! With great textures from the pomegranate, lentils and charred cauliflower, it had a lovely combination of delicate and punchy flavours, heat from the scotch bonnet. It basically worked brilliantly together, was well balanced and was very YUMMY!!
After a lovely evening with my friend Alice I took home copies of each family tree, I can’t wait to see them framed and in their new home. If you’d like your own copy, then they are available from Gallery Munro House, Duke Studios, Enjoy and East Street Arts.
I’m looking forward to following the journey of The Creative Family Tree further as they map out other creative hubs in Leeds one at a time. Areas which they will cover in the future include – Leeds City Centre, Holbeck, Chapeltown and Headingley.
It was a great celebratory event bringing the cultural and creative talents of Leeds together, I look forward to the seeing the next volume!!