Welcome to Arts Live, your local community arts school run by Garforth Academy. Taking place mostly on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings, we offer a wide range of exciting and fun activities for all abilities & ages (unless otherwise stated).
The table below shows the groups we offer, subject to the number of enrolments we receive. We run multiple sessions for some groups so please indicate your preference when you enrol (see here for full details about enrolment).
Contact us to find out what places are available.
Adult Community Choir
This community choir is led by Cleve Freckleton. The main aim is to come together to share in the joy of singing a wide range of music including gospel, soul, reggae and contemporary and classic popular music. Working towards performances and recordings if the group chooses, this group is suitable for people of any ability or experience level.
Exciting and fun sessions delivered by Booma – BoomaDance for all abilities with regular performance opportunities
Develop your guitar skills with sessions for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
These groups are suitable for instrumentalists and vocalists, with grade 2 or equivalent experience, who want to compose, perform & record original music. The group is led by professional musicians.
17:45-19:00 (Year 7-9)
19:00-20:15 (Year 10+)
Junior Rock & Pop Bands
These groups are suitable for instrumentalists and vocalists of any ability including elementary, who want to compose, perform & record original music. The group is led by professional musicians.
16:00-17:00 (group 1)
17:15-18:15 (group 2)
Folk and Acoustic Music
This is a community band for young and adult musicians at any level interested in folk and acoustic music. Rehearses once a week and performs regularly throughout the year.
Garforth Jazz Rock Band
This is a high quality band with an outstanding reputation of regular gigs in professional settings, including The Wardrobe, Chapel Allerton Festival, Garforth Arts Festival. No audition required. Suitable for instrumentalists and singers who also play an instrument with grade 5+ or equivalent experience.
Adult steel pan group with performance opportunities
We have lots of exciting events coming up in line with the Garforth Arts festival!
Panjumbi – join us on the 26th June at The Lord Gascoigne from 4.30pm – 9.30pm for Steel Pan performances from primary children, Secondary students, teachers (Steel PANTS!!) and the Steel Crazy group. Entry is FREE!
Camerata Vocal Musica Aurea – Thurs 28th June come along to St Mary’s church to see the youth choir perform. This kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets are £7/£5.
Hannah James/Sam Sweeney – Come and witness the SLANIA group perform along with Hannah and Sam at Garforth Working Mens club on Tues 3rd July from 7.30pm. Tickets are a bargain at £8/£6!
Urban Arts Project – AMP are on hand to showcase their skills at this years Urban Art Project event held on Thurs 5th July at The Works Skatepark in Leeds. Tickets are £4/£3
The Playground Party – The big finale for the Arts Festival is, as ever, lining up to be one to remember! Come along to see countless acts with the streetdancers on hand to show off their moves! This is also another chance to see AMP perform. Ticket prices vary and details are on the website.
Keep a check on the website for more details on all the events going on at this years Garforth Art Festival! We look forward to seeing you there!
I’ve been visiting some of the local Primary Schools in the Brigshaw Trust to create 9 Olympic/Paralympic themed mosaics, to be displayed in Vicars’ Court. Here are some photos from Kippax Ash Tree Primary School, with their mosaic design on the theme of ‘respect’:
10 members of the Arts Live Art Club exhibited their self portraits in Baraka Cafe on Garforth Main Street during half term. They looked absolutely amazing and really caught the imagination of passers by. Well done everyone!