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Petition to leeds city council

Save the home of community arts in Leeds

As of April 2018, changes brought in by Leeds City Council Officers will mean that 14 community arts groups will effectively be evicted from the Carriageworks Theatre. This has been our home since it was built, using public money in 2005, and was made for the community after the closure of the Leeds Civic Theatre where we were based before. Now Council Officers are moving to commercialise the venue and drive us out again - the very people who hold it so dear, who have made it the success it is, and who account for tens of thousands of feet through the door each year. We urge Leeds City Council to intervene and make good on their promises in the Leeds Culture Strategy 2017 to "utilise [cultural activity] as a means of improving the quality of life experienced by every person and every community in Leeds" and to keep the Carriageworks Theatre the home of community arts in Leeds.  The four main requests we have are: To allow the theatre to remain open past 8.30pm so that our members can rehearse at a sensible time To give back access to the rehearsal and meeting rooms so that groups aren't left with nowhere to rehearse while rooms lay emptyTo give us back access to the workshop facilities so that we can continue creating amazing sets for theatre and musical productionsFor a sensible community pricing structure, which is affordable and acknowledges the fact that we are community arts groups not professional touring companiesMore information can be found at the Leeds Community Arts Network website: LEEDS COMMUNITY ARTS NETWORK WEBSITE To show your support please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, share posts and get people involved! CARRIAGEWORKS IS COMMUNITY FACEBOOK CARRIAGEWORKS IS COMMUNITY TWITTER We will not let go without a fight, because this is our home. We are Leeds taxpayers, and this is a taxpayer funded theatre. The Carriageworks was built for the Community, and the Community refuse to be pushed out. A copy of our press release is below with additional information and background. -------- Leeds City Council Officers will force 14 nationally recognized, voluntary arts organisations out of their long-established home in Leeds. The Carriageworks Theatre, situated on Millennium Square in the Civic Cultural Quarter of Leeds, was purpose-built in 2005 as a home for community arts after the closure of the Leeds Civic Theatre. It came about after a lengthy campaign supported by the Yorkshire Evening Post and is currently home to groups such as Leeds Youth Opera, Leeds Children’s Theatre, Leeds Arts Centre, Our Community Dances, Leeds Writers Circle and Shatterproof. These groups are represented by an umbrella organization called Leeds Community Arts Network (Leeds CAN). The changes made by Council Offers are directly at odds with the Leeds Cultural Strategy 2017, which states that the city will “value and prioritise cultural activity, utilizing it as a means of improving the quality of life experienced by every person and every community in Leeds”. The changes being brought in are: Eviction from the scenic workshop facilities and storage area - space that was put into the new building specifically for the use of Leeds Community Arts Network member groups - will mean costs more than quadrupling for the volunteer-run community groups.A halving of the number of rooms available for rehearsals and meetings - meaning that groups will no longer be able to meet at the theatre.Early closure at 8.30pm - meaning that members who have family or work commitments would not be able to make earlier starting times of 6.30pm.New room-hire rates to come into effect as of the 1st April 2018, rising to the same level as professional arts rates by 2021/22 – an increase of 500%.Said Matthew Stirk, Chairman of Leeds CAN Board of Trustees - “Obviously we understand that savings need to be made, but the commercial activity of the Carriageworks was always intended to support community arts, notreplace it. To ask a community group, especially one performing youth theatre, to pay as much as a professional touring show is naive at best. The early closure times will affect most of our groups, considering that many ofour members have families and are often dictated by childcare and tea times. This could kill off the community spirit once and for all and, considering the West Yorkshire Playhouse redevelopment is funding an additionalperformance space for emerging artists, it could even kill off the Carriageworks Theatre itself.” Anita Adams, trustee of Leeds CAN and Artistic Director of Leeds Youth Opera – which was described by the Yorkshire Post as ‘a national cultural treasure’ - said “How can the council not be proud of all the incrediblethings being created at the Carriageworks? The theatre was built to have Community and specifically our groups at its very core. Access to the arts is absolutely essential to the well being of young people. Our groups empowerconfidence, inspire imaginations and above all provide amazing opportunities for many children and young people. This is at the heart of the Child Friendly Leeds agenda. The Carriageworks wouldn’t exist without the work we put in when the Civic was closed. The council should be hailing this theatre as a shining light for community accessibility and doing everything possible to champion the work. Instead we find ourselves outpriced, with restricted access and no support at all. This is our home, it’s the last in a long line of evictions and I fear this one we won’t survive.” The terms were described as ‘non-negotiable’ by one Council Officer. He also described the Carriageworks as ‘not a community theatre’, conflicting with a statement from Andrew MacGill (Head of Arts & Events, Leeds CityCouncil 2005) which said “I think we now have the final piece in the jigsaw. The Carriageworks will complement Leeds' other theatres promoting a range of events and it will also become a vital resource for arts and community groups in the city.” A petition to save community arts at the Carriageworks Theatre has been started on Social Media by a group of people involved with the original campaign to save the Civic Theatre ( – “Community arts groups like the ones supported by Leeds CAN at the Carriageworks Theatre are often the only way some young people can experience arts, as education cuts and negative attitudes from the Department for Education towards arts have resulted in fewer schools offering extensive extra-curricular arts programmes. No-one can deny the positive effects that involvement in the arts can have on all aspects of life, yet the Council seem intent on reserving this to only those who can afford it, and we believe it should be enjoyed by all. Considering the number of members we have over retirement age and the current problems with loneliness in the UK, these moves are absolutely callous.” – Janet Johnston, spokesperson for the Carriageworks is Community campaign.

Carriageworks is Community
12,082 supporters
Decision maker responded 3 weeks ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Matthews Yard

After the riots in summer 2012, I opened Matthews Yard to create a place for our community. We have battled for survival for more than 5 years and thanks to the love and support of the people from Croydon we are still going strong today. We have hosted thousands of events ranging from baby showers and birthday parties to weddings and wakes along with a diverse range of arts, cultural and community events including film festivals, political meetings, activist meetings, charity fundraisers, music gigs, comedy nights and so much more. But now we are at risk of closure because of developers who want to replace us with a housing development. Over 50,000 people have attended events at MY and hundreds of thousands more have passed through our cafe for an informal meeting, or to have coffee, cake or the best burgers Croydon has ever seen (as voted by you the people, in Time Out this year). Matthews Yard is a much needed central and independent focal point for community activity. The Impact Report available on the Matthews Yard website at provides much more information on our achievements. Regeneration in Croydon now directly threatens Matthews Yard and all the work which has gone into building our space. If planning permission is granted and the building is demolished without MY securing an alternative home then we will be forced to close in Summer 2018. To help Matthews Yard have the best shot at success and to ensure a lasting legacy, Matthews Yard has announced it will convert to a Community Interest Company and reinvest 100% of trading surpluses into delivering its community objectives. We now need the support of the Mayor of London to secure our long-term future. If you care about art, culture or community and you want to help save Matthews Yard, then please, please sign and share this petition as far and wide as possible.

Saif Bonar
5,597 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Etienne Lengereau

Help get a memorial plaque for incredible female artist who has no tombstone!

May Alcott Nieriker was a nineteenth-century American painter who achieved many remarkable accomplishments as a single woman in Paris between the years of 1870-1879. At a time when women were not admitted to the beaux arts and were forced to pay double in tuition at the private art schools of Paris, May daringly travelled alone to pursue an art career at the age of thirty. She made a great impact on the Parisian art scene: being exhibited at the Paris Salon twice (1877, 1879) and publishing a book, Studying Art Abroad and How to Do It Cheaply (1879), providing practical advice for other young American women who wished to study in painting in Europe. Her art was truly radical—protesting against the continuing enslavement of African peoples—and was even celebrated by John Ruskin: the most influential art critic of the period. However, if you go to the Montrouge Cemetery today, you won’t even know she’s buried there. While May’s family ensured there was a tombstone for her in her hometown of Concord where she is not buried, there is no plaque to mark the site of her remains in Montrouge. This is because her burial lot was not renewed ten years after her death, as her husband had returned to Switzerland. As a consequence, she was moved to the common grave where there is no plaque to commemorate her. In order to change this, we need to send a petition to the Mayor of Montrouge, Etienne Lengereau, with enough signatures to convince him that it’s worth investing in a memorial plaque for May. Please sign this petition—women artists deserve to be commemorated in monuments just as much as men! For more information on May see this short video: *** Pétition pour installer une plaque commémorative à une artiste sans pierre tombale. Artiste peintre Américaine ayant séjourner à Paris de 1870 à 1879, May Alcott Nieriker accomplit des choses incroyables pour une femme célibataire du XIXème siècle. À une époque où les femmes étaient inadmissibles aux Beaux Arts et donc obligées de payer deux fois plus pour s’inscrire dans les écoles privées, May voyagea courageusement toute seule à Paris pour poursuivre une carrière de peintre à l’âge de trente ans. Ses œuvres eurent beaucoup d’impact sur la scène artistique de Paris ; elle exposa deux fois au Salon de Paris (1877, 1879) et publia en 1879 Studying Art Abroad and How to Do It Cheaply [Étudier l’art à l’étranger et le faire sans trop dépenser], un livre destiné aux autres jeunes Américaines voulant étudier l’art en Europe. En tant qu’artiste, elle était très engagée, et son œuvre radicale dénonça notamment l’esclavage du peuple africain. Elle fut même célébrée par John Ruskin, le critique d’art anglais plus célèbre de l’époque.             Cependant, si vous allez aujourd’hui au cimetière de Montrouge, vous n’y trouverai aucune trace de sa présence. Bien que sa famille lui ait consacré une pierre tombale dans sa ville natale de Concord aux Etats-Unis, il n’y aucune plaque commémorative pour indiquer sa dernière demeure à Montrouge. Son caveau ne fut pas renouvelé dix ans après sa mort à cause du déménagement de son veuf retourné en Suisse. Par conséquence, ses dépouilles furent transférées à la fosse commune où il n’y a aucune plaque ni pierre tombale la commémorant.             Pour remédier à cette négligence, nous comptons envoyer au maire de Montrouge, M. Étienne Lengereau, une pétition avec autant de signatures que possibles pour le convaincre qu’il vaut la peine d’installer un plaque en l’honneur de May. Nous vous prions donc de signer cette pétition, et d’affirmer que les femmes artistes méritent d’être commémorées à la même hauteur que leurs confrères masculins. Merci d’avance de votre aide. Notre vidéo Youtube, sous-titrée en français, explique notre démarche ainsi que l’importance historique de May Alcott.   

Azelina Flint
177 supporters