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First exhibition in 40 years of British bohemian artist George Morland at University of Leeds

1 March 2015

In a new exhibition guest-curated by Dr Nick Grindle (UCL), The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, presents the work of 18th century British painter George Morland (1763-1804).

Al Pacino Announces Excitement to Meet Yorkshire Fans

26 February 2015

The Oscar winning actor, director and ‘king of gangster movies’ Al Pacino, is heading to Yorkshire for an intimate black tie dinner event. The event, An Experience with…Al Pacino, is taking place on Saturday 16th May at the Leeds Centenary Pavilion at Elland Road and is being organised by the events company, Olexy Productions.

The Libertines to Headline Leeds & Reading

24 February 2015

Reading & Leeds Festivals are thrilled to announce The Libertines as the final of this year’s Main Stage headliners! The indie-rockers will bring the good ship Albion to the Festivals this summer, cementing a Reading & Leeds legacy which dates back to 2002.

Macmillan Cancer Support's Big Easter Bake

22 February 2015

The Big Easter Bake is back and is once again being held on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support in order to raise money for the West Yorkshire branch of this wonderful charity.

Heart patient takes part in Heart Dissection Workshops at Thackray Medical Museum

18 February 2015

This Half Term, Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds has been welcoming families to take part in heart dissection workshops. The week long activity allows children (and adults) the opportunity to investigate the workings of one of the major organs in the body.

New Basque Kitchen and Bar to Bring Authentic Spanish Dining to Leeds

17 February 2015

A brand new kitchen and bar inspired by the food-crazed Basque culture is ready to paint an authentic portrait of Spanish tapas using traditional recipes and artisan ingredients combined with bold and modern flavour combinations. Located next to Marks and Spencer’s at Trinity Leeds, ‘Pintura’ - meaning work of art in Spanish - is set to open its doors on Saturday 28th February.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) announces Grants for the Arts funding bid success

17 February 2015

Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), Leeds, has confirmed the success of its bid to Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts funding scheme

Brian Conley to Star at Leeds Grand Theatre in Barnum

16 February 2015

One of the UK’s most versatile actors and performers, Brian Conley, continues his successful musical theatre career with Cameron Macintosh’s production of Barnum at Leeds Grand Theatre in April

Ed Byrne: Outside, Looking In

13 February 2015

Comedian Ed Byrne will appear at City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds this October

John Bishop: Supersonic

13 February 2015

City Varieties Music Hall is delighted to announce that John Bishop will perform his sell-out show Supersonic at the theatre in March

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26 February 2015 to 06 March 2015

Figure This Out at Assembly House StudiosThu 26 Feb - Fri 6 Mar 2015Curated by Kate Hiley, one of the painters exhibited, "Figure This Out" hopes to contribute to and build on the tradition of self curated exhibitions. The works will travel to different cities in Europe throughout the coming year.

05 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Count Arthur Strong: Somebody Up There Licks Me! at City Varieties Music HallThu 5 - Fri 6 Mar 2015Fresh from donkey’s years on his award winning BBC Radio 4 series and the huge success of his BBC2 TV Show, Count Arthur Strong gets back to doing what he does best.

06 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Barbara Dickson at Leeds Town HallFri 6 Mar 2015For over four decades, Barbara Dickson has continued to deliver songs to the public in her own incomparable fashion.

06 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

The White Ribbon at Howard Assembly RoomFri 6 Mar 2015Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or award-winning film is a spellbinding tale of bigotry and brutality, set in a north German village immediately before the outbreak of the First World War.

06 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Taste of Yorkshire at Doubletree by Hilton LeedsFri 6 Mar 20154 course locally sourced food with local drinks to compliment

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Tasting Adventure at Roast + ConchSat 7 Mar 2015Our Chocolate Tasting Adventures have been created especially for chocolate lovers who would like to take the next step in their appreciation of chocolate – gaining delicious insider knowledge and tasting tips.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Andrew Newton at City Varieties Music HallSat 7 Mar 2015World famous hypnotist Andrew Newton returns to City Varieties Music Hall in his hilarious one man show.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Life Drawing With Rob Oldfield at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GallerySat 7 Mar 2015Whether you are a newcomer to the art-form or an experienced artist, this workshop is open to all

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Leeds Town HallSat 7 Mar 2015Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform at Leeds Town Hall

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Aurat at Leeds College of MusicSat 7 Mar 2015Considered one of the finest Sitar players to emerge on the Indian Classical music scene in the UK, Roopa Panesar has received kudos from audiences and peers alike for her outstanding ability and quality of music.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

The Light's got the X Factor for Comic ReliefSat 7 Mar 2015On Saturday 7 March, The Light will be celebrating the UK’s most famous talent contest hitting the First Direct Arena by hosting it’s own X Factor event – all in aid of Comic Relief.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Cookery Class: Starters - Hansa’s Sharuaat at Hansa's RestaurantSat 7 Mar 2015The sheer variety of snacks we Gujaratis make is mind-boggling. Hansa will show you how a few of these delightful spicy snacks can be can be made with ease.

06 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair at The TetleyFri 6 - Sun 8 Mar 2015We are delighted to welcome back the Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair for another exciting weekend of displays, exhibitions and live events revolving around the expanding genre of the artist’s book and small press publishing.

10 November 2014 to 08 March 2015

The Event Sculpture at The Henry Moore InstituteMon 10 Nov 2014 - Sun 8 Mar 2015The façade becomes a surrogate plinth and screen, presenting actions, objects, and images, some lasting seconds, others hours.

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Age UK’s Harewood House 10k at Harewood House and GardensSun 8 Mar 2015Join over 2,000 runners in the grounds of this beautiful stately home, with stunning views of the Yorkshire countryside. This trail run is perfect for experienced runners and first-timers alike. All finishers recieve a medal and goodies!

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Bullfrog Blues at SmokestackSun 8 Mar 2015Live Blues straight from the Aire Delta. Every Sunday @ Smokestack Free entry 8pm - 10pm

09 March 2015 to 09 March 2015

David Greed & Simon Lindley at Leeds Town HallMon 9 Mar 2015David Greed - violin Simon Lindley - City Organist

09 March 2015 to 09 March 2015

An Evening with Scott McCloud at Leeds Town HallMon 9 Mar 2015Scott McCloud visits Leeds Town Hall to discuss The Sculptor, his first graphic novel for nearly 10 years

09 March 2015 to 09 March 2015

SouledOut Presents... at SmokestackMon 9 Mar 2015SouledOut presents: a serious Funk and Soul night with some of the freshest live bands Leeds has to offer!

09 March 2015 to 10 March 2015

Bouncers at City Varieties Music HallMon 9 - Tue 10 Mar 2015Multi award winning play written and directed by John Godber featuring a frightening array of northern talent.

11 March 2015 to 11 March 2015

Come and sing at St Chads ChurchWed 11 Mar 2015Give your voice a treat. Experience a rehearsal singing with Leeds Festival Chorus.

11 March 2015 to 11 March 2015

Ilkley Concert Club- Trio Apaches piano trio at Kings Hall and Winter GardensWed 11 Mar 2015Matthew Trusler violin, Thomas Carroll cello, Ashley Wass piano Debussy arr. Beamish, Bridge & Shostakovich This exciting new piano trio "will go from strength to strength." Keswick Reminder

11 March 2015 to 11 March 2015

11 March 2015 to 11 March 2015

Brown Sugar Sessions at SmokestackWed 11 Mar 2015Live Funk, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae and Ska every Wednesday night from 9:30pm. At Smokestack, 159a Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LY

11 March 2015 to 11 March 2015

Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Howard Assembly RoomWed 11 Mar 2015Following in his father’s footsteps, jazz royalty Ravi Coltrane performs tracks from his new album Spirit Fiction which encompasses his huge artistic legacy and distinct vision.

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Make a Felted Picture at Our Handmade CollectiveThu 12 Mar 2015You can learn the techniques of wet felting with Lucy of George & Lilly Felted Crafts and Gifts. Lucy will teach you the art of felting to help you design and make your own felted picture to adorn your wall!

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Origami for Card Making at Our Handmade CollectiveThu 12 Mar 2015Join OHC at The Bridal Emporium to learn new skills in our Creative Craft Classes. You can learn the techniques of paper folding with Life’s Big Canvas. Fold Origami shapes and make four completed greetings cards.

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Nonclassical club-night at The Key ClubThu 12 Mar 2015Nonclassical return to Leeds with another very promising LCoM collaboration, this time hooking up with artists such as Damien Harron and Jess Aslan, and featuring music by Dai Fujikura among others.

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Nathan Carter at City Varieties Music HallThu 12 Mar 20152015 will see Irish musician Nathan Carter return to City Varieties with his exciting brand of country, Irish, and popular music.

04 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Romeo and Juliet - Northern Ballet at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 4 - Thu 12 Mar 2015Remember the first time you fell in love? Jean Christophe Maillot’s Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Romeo and Juliet is performed in the UK.

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

A Swinging Affair at Kings Hall and Winter GardensThu 12 Mar 2015Multi award-winning vocalist Claire Martin OBE and legendary saxophonist and vocalist Ray Gelato have combined their love of all things ‘swing’ and joined forces for their first show together, A Swinging Affair.

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Omid Djalili Iranalamadingdong at Leeds Town HallThu 12 Mar 2015He’s back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out four week West-End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

FRANK + introduction with Jon Ronson at Hyde Park Picture HouseThu 12 Mar 2015The odd & brilliant FRANK, based on writer Jon Ronson’s real life experiences as Frank Sidebottom’s keyboard player, was 1 of our highlights of 2014. We’re delighted that the man himself will be joining us to introduce a special screening!

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Arve Henrikson at Howard Assembly RoomThu 12 Mar 2015Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen’s exploration of the instrument’s possibilities shows no limits.

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Thunder at First Direct ArenaThu 12 Mar 2015British rock band Thunder will be coming to the first direct arena Thursday 12th March.

17 January 2015 to 14 March 2015

‘Made with Love’ at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Sat 14 Mar 2015Our annual exhibition celebrating the romance of British Craft.

12 March 2015 to 14 March 2015

Leeds CAMRA Beer, Cider and Perry Festival at Pudsey Civic HallThu 12 - Sat 14 Mar 2015The 2015 Leeds CAMRA Beer, Cider and Perry Festival will take place 12-14 March, with the Pudsey Civic Hall hosting the event

23 January 2015 to 15 March 2015

The Labours of Herakles at Leeds City MuseumFri 23 Jan - Sun 15 Mar 2015The timeless Athenian tragedy of ‘Herakles’, will be explored through a series of fascinating lithographs and etchings by New Zealand artist Marian Maguire from Friday 23 January 2015 at Leeds City Museum.

16 January 2015 to 21 March 2015

The Art of Baking at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryFri 16 Jan - Sat 21 Mar 2015The Art of Baking: Cake Making and Bread Baking through the Ages. Recipes weird and wonderful, new, old, faithful and plain disgusting, feature in this small display.

14 February 2015 to 12 April 2015

Ilkley Camera Club Creative Light Exhibition 2015 at Manor House Art Gallery & MuseumSat 14 Feb - Sun 12 Apr 2015Stunning exhibition of over 100 photographic prints and projected images from one of Yorkshire’s top rated camera clubs. Vote for your favourites. See creative light objects and our take on them. Talks and workshops on many Saturdays.

28 January 2015 to 19 April 2015

A Study of Modern Japanese Sculpture at The Henry Moore InstituteWed 28 Jan - Sun 19 Apr 2015Introducing modern Japanese sculpture to Britain, this exhibition presents small-scale sculptures from the Taisho and early Showa periods

17 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Solo Ceramic Showcase - Charlotte Jones at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Cornwall with its dramatic land and seascapes inspire Charlotte Jones to make her beautiful ceramics. Her distinctive pots are made from coloured stoneware clay using oxides and self-dug clay.

12 March 2015 to 10 May 2015

The Tetley Collection Thu 12 Mar - Sun 10 May 2015For the first time The Tetley will be working with Tetley’s Beer in a new creative commission, ‘The 2015 Tetley’s Collection’.

06 February 2015 to 24 May 2015

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People at Leeds Art GalleryFri 6 Feb - Sun 24 May 2015This exhibition explores the everyday theatricality of the body through paintings of the human figure

17 January 2015 to 27 June 2015

'Rings' at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 17 Jan - Sat 27 Jun 2015Our annual showcase of rings from ten jewellers who all work in very distinctive styles. Something for every occasion from rings for everyday wear to wedding and engagement rings.

07 March 2015 to 27 June 2015

Group Print Exhibition at The Craft Centre and Design GallerySat 7 Mar - Sat 27 Jun 2015Victoria Keeble and Emerson Mayes showcase their limited edition collagraphs and drypoint prints in this exploration of animals in their natural habitats.

14 February 2015 to 24 July 2015

Georgie Meadows: Stitched Drawings at Thackray Medical MuseumSat 14 Feb - Fri 24 Jul 201520 textile artworks that explore personal experiences of ageing and dementia.

04 November 2014 to 27 September 2015

John Fowler Exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley MillsTue 4 Nov 2014 - Sun 27 Sep 2015Marking the 150 year anniversary of his death, the work of John Fowler, who was a pioneer in the development of steam engines for ploughing and inventions which changed the course of agricultural practice, will be showcased at Armley Mills

14 February 2015 to 30 November 2015

The Healing Home at Temple Newsam House and FarmSat 14 Feb - Mon 30 Nov 2015An intimate exploration of the role of Temple Newsam House as a hospital and a home during the First World War.

01 January 2015 to 01 December 2015

Gaucho Dinner & Show ExperienceThu 1 Jan - Tue 1 Dec 2015Gaucho Leeds offer bespoke dinner and show experiences in association with the First Direct Arena.

24 January 2015 to 31 December 2015

How Do I Look? at Abbey House MuseumSat 24 Jan - Thu 31 Dec 2015Join us to peep in the mirror and see how people throughout history have enhanced their looks and presented themselves to others.

01 January 2015 to 01 March 2016

Figure and Architecture: Henry Moore in the 1950s at The Henry Moore InstituteThu 1 Jan 2015 - Tue 1 Mar 2016These projects represent Moore's most fully realised attempts to integrate sculpture into the rhythm and fabric of a building