Leeds Today: art, education, bikes and bouncy castles.

Morning people of Leeds and people who are interested in Leeds! So, everyone then. It’s Ally and Kirsty here on this overcast-but-at-least-it’s-not-raining Monday morning. There’s little in the way of news today, but let’s see what we can forage.

Of course the big news story of the past 24 hours is the siege in a Harehills supermarket. We’re sure that a lot more information will come out in the next few days, but for now, we’re just glad that nobody was hurt.

Elsewhere there’s an update to news about The Tetley. Opening in September, the hope is to create not only a great new arts venue and preserve an iconic part of Leeds’ heritage, but also to drag people down to that end of town. Once we’ve done the Tetley, can we vamp up round the Minster please?

Also celebrating Leeds heritage, 100 years of Leeds Metropolitan University is to be marked with online exhibition of memorabilia. Check it out before they plaster the new name over everything.

On another educations/arts linkup (oh we’re good. It’s almost like we put thought into this), Leeds College of Art have scored quite a coup with the news that the 2012 Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price is going to be visiting this week. Not only will she be giving a talk, but there’s also a Q&A session, so now’s your chance to ask those burning art questions you’ve always wanted to know the answer to, like “one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses?”

If you’re more into pedals than paintings then Bike Week started on Saturday. Kirsty swears that every time she does BGL there’s some sort of bike event, but this is the first time we’ve heard of a national week for it. Get on your bikes and ride! You can search for events locally, or just, you know, ride around a bit then go for an ice cream. We nearly said pint, but don’t drink and ride.

West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards (yes, that’s a thing) have announced their winners, and it’s no surprise that Leeds’ big ticket winner was Trinity Leeds. Whether you love or hate that cathedral of commerce, you can’t deny that the roof is really pretty.

If you’d rather meet with friends and enjoy unstructured fun than spend your time in a shopping centre, then The Leeds Midsummer Feast this Sunday might be for you. It seems like the plan is to have no plan, but if you’d like a vague idea then Culture Vultures have done a round up. See you there, we’ll be the ones swinging off lampposts in feather boas (we won’t, we promise to behave).

And before we all go wild in the streets, let’s head out to to Belle Isle, as Saturday sees the Belle Isle Summer Gala. We love community festivals here at BGL, and we especially love events that have Clever Dogs (notice the capitalisation) on the line up. Throw in a bouncy castle and that’s the rest of our week spent in breathless anticipation.

And that’s us done for the day! Hope the weather holds off for you all, and we’ll be back tomorrow with the next thrilling installment of Beyond Guardian Leeds! <plays theme tune>

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