Love of Leeds is a creative and celebratory photographic essay that will document the explosion of sport and culture hitting the city this year. It's just fabulous that Leeds can attract and host such amazing international events, but what's even more profound is how communities benefit from these events, and the array of creative and compassionate community groups that operate in the city literally changing lives and saving lives. The focus of this project will also be on the cultural diversity of the city, its communities and its reputation for being a Northern powerhouse and perhaps the fastest growing city in the country.
The world’s eyes will be upon Leeds from many different perspectives this year, with world sport and the celebration of culture at the heart of 2019 in a way never seen before, with a plethora of truly exciting events.
This project will capture them in a book and exhibition at the end of the year and it will be called ‘Love of Leeds’. We called it this because we felt it really encapsulates what this project is about.
The year of 2019 really is the perfect storm, an explosion of sporting and cultural events all being proudly hosted and happening in Leeds in an unprecedented concentrated way. Our photo journalist Jude, has been given access to a whole variety of events such as Tour De Yorkshire, UCI World Cycling Championships, Northern Ballet, Leeds Pride, World Cricket at Headingly, World Triathlon, Leeds International Film Festival just to name a few of the events Leeds is hosting and showcasing. The imagery is focused on behind the scenes and it will shine a light on work that is going on within many organizations in Leeds that perhaps doesn't normally share the spotlight alongside big performances and events.
A couple of years ago Jude documented the sport of Triathlon in Leeds and one of the questions driving that project was ‘how does Leeds keep producing these amazing athletes?’ And in a way this project is asking the same question but from a much broader perspective.
‘Love of Leeds’ is a project which will capture the synergy and impact world renowned events has on the city and the direct impact these events have upon its communities in terms of their passion, support and commitment to this amazing city.
All the cultural diversity is so rich in Leeds and this project will be a platform to highlight the communities, the people and the love that people have for this Northern giant which continues to surprise and define what a city should be to all those that live here.
Jude's camera will shine a light on this city and its people like never before...
Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and Jude conceived the idea for this project together, this is a wonderful creative collaboration between Leeds City Council and Jude Media Agency...
Our latest photos are featured below and are being updated often so check back soon ...
Shoosmiths LLP set up in Leeds in 2016 and has since grown from strength-to-strength. The firm operates from 13 locations across the UK, has 943 legal advisers and 191 partners. It's turnover in the year ending April 2018 was £128.5m.
Redline Specialist Cars established in 2008 has come a long way in its 20-year history.
Starting off at a small site in Pool in Wharfedale, Redline is now one of the biggest independent prestige and performance car dealers in the UK operating from a superb purpose-built facility in Knaresborough. Redline was the UK’s fastest growing independent car dealer in 2017, according to Motor Trader magazine.
This book will be full of images from the wonderful partners who have contributed to this book. We cannot thank them enough!
There will be many more added as we go through the year, and we will add them to this list, but all will get a special mention in the book.
South Asian Arts
University of Leeds
Leeds United Trust
Leeds Rhino Foundation
Leeds Sports Awards
Tour De Yorkshire
Cricket World Cup
Yorkshire County Cricket
Leeds Young Filmmakers
Leeds Community Foundation
Yorkshire International Sculpture
West Indian Carnival
Leeds Festival 2019
Phoenix Dance company
UCI World Cycling