Landlord and developer, MEPC is once again celebrating the best of Leeds’ artistic talent with the unveiling of the third winning installations to be exhibited at Number 5 Wellington Place.
The winning pieces were all created as part of a Leeds Arts University competition allowing students to explore their creativity whilst taking inspiration from Leeds and the surrounding area. The latest piece is by MA Creative Practice graduate, Mel Dewey, who has presented a series of analogue photographs aptly named; Leeds Nostalgia.
The four winners were chosen from an impressive array of entries by a judging panel of representatives from occupying businesses at 5 Wellington Place. This included Slav Sedlan of Willis Towers Watson, Harmajinder Hayre of Ward Hadaway and MEPC’s CEO, James Dipple.
The installation, made up of six photographs, will hang in pride of place in the foyer for the next three months and local art fans are welcome to come and view the piece during business hours, Monday to Friday.
Competition winner Mel Dewey, said:
I absolutely love living in Leeds and the brief given to us by MEPC allowed me to capture the ever-changing city in a positive, vibrant and colourful way, using my own style.
The competition offered a great opportunity to exhibit in an alternative space, and also gives people chance to enjoy art in their lunch hour, something which you typically don’t get to experience. I’m now currently working as part of a Collective, which is providing me with further opportunities to exhibit my collection.”
Elli Whitefoot, Assistant Careers Employability & Enterprise Manager, Leeds Art University, said:
“We’re incredibly proud of our students, they’re hugely talented, with fantastic creative minds and abilities, and it’s great that this can be showcased in a unique way. MEPC have offered a fantastic opportunity to our students which allows them to be recognised within the wider Leeds community.
The flexible brief gave the artists creative freedom to explore the variety of materials and techniques. All the feedback received so far, for both the entries and installations, has been incredibly positive and we’re sure this will continue with the final two installations being hung.
James Dipple, CEO of MEPC also commented:
“We’re proud of the support that Wellington Place can offer to other local institutions, helping to further showcase local talent at various levels. This offers a unique platform, from which we hope artists can be inspired to continue their fantastic work and pursue it as a full-time career.
The reception for the previous installations has been an incredibly positive one, and I’m confident that this will continue from those lucky enough to experience the artwork first hand. The pieces each capture a different angle of this brilliant city, and we’re pleased to be a part of it.