Leeds Today: evac, trouble at t’mill, architecture, lots of arts news and mental health.

The big news today is of the evacuation of Park Row yesterday afternoon. The YEP has the skinny:

It is believed the alert was sparked after a pensioner mistakenly left a gas cylinder, which belonged to his wife who is receiving hospital treatment, in bag at the NatWest branch on Park Row.

Reports on twitter of the event were hysterical, with some commentators speculating that a hostage situation was in play.

T’other big news was all about trouble at t’mill. The fire at the mill on Thornton Road in Bradford is now being damped down but concerns remain that it could still flare up. Investigations are still underway as to the cause of the fire which took hold very quickly. Urban explorers had been for a look around the mill earlier in the year and mentioned that signs of arson were present at the time; their report is on Urbex website 28 Days Later and is well worth a read.

The soaring levels of debt during the somewhat euphemistically-named “economic downturn” mean that Leeds-based debt advice charity CCCS is recruiting more staff, reports the BBC. 418,000 people contacted the charity last year.

The British Design Awards has given the Hepworth in Wakefield a gong for best architecture, says the BBC. The gallery, which opened in May, has received a stack of accolades for its architecture and contents, and was also featured in the RIBA awards over the weekend.

The Arts and Minds Network has their showcase of artwork by its members at their annual show, Highlights, at The Light. The exhibition is part of the Love Arts Festival and will be available for passerbys to view from yesterday until Sunday 9 October at The Light in Leeds. A special event will also be happening on Friday as part of Light Night.

Talking of Light Night it’s time for all the previews to start coming out! Mark over at Culture Vulture asks what we’re looking forwards to, and Exploring Leeds gives a brief overview of the evening.

In other art news, Leeds arts org Pavilion have two installations coming up, both set in cinemas.
International artists Lucy Skaer and Aurélien Froment have come up with two distinct and ambitious new works in quite interesting locations – one, a neglected, almost deserted former picture house and the other, a functioning art-house cinema. More info is on Pavilion’s website, but if you’re near the Lyric in Armley or the Hyde Park Picture House these are worth popping into.

East Street Arts has a new exhibit in the pipeline too: Just Passing Through is a collaborative work which launches on Friday 7th. From the website:

[…] will quietly tour an as-yet-to-be-determined itinerary on an indefinite basis. The project involves a limited edition artist’s book which takes as its subject-matter concerns with impermanence, place and non-place, identity, journeying, human connection and ownership. It is interventionist in character, each book being hidden in a public place to be happened upon by unsuspecting passers-by, who might then opt to participate in the project themselves[…]

So if you see a book, join in!

Finally today, LCC is joining in with World Mental Health Day on Saturday 8th. A series of events are taking place to help people and carers living with mental health concerns, particularly dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Events are free and all at the Carriageworks throughout the day.

That’s it for today! As ever, please get in touch! We love to hear your feedback and concerns about what we write about and if you have a story you’d like us to mention then please get in touch. See you tomorrow!

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