Previously seen as a, factory working part of the country, the North of England has never been so creatively vibrant. Step into Leeds and there is a huge buzz about the place, with its creative tendrils spreading out over the whole of Yorkshire.
Not only does it hold the best art colleges in the country with fascinating history, art festivals are popping up all over the shop providing workshops, talks and giving budding artists the opportunity to show the world their work.
The contemporary art scene is simply filled to the brim with things to see and do. The most widely publicised being the opening of The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, homage to the great Barbara Hepworth. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is home to some of the best contemporary, as well as historical, sculptures, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists to the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire.
2012 will be the year of the On The Edge arts festival in Leeds, combining art, music and culture and bringing it to the masses. A brilliant project which will put Leeds on the creative map for years to come, as well as the successful Laughter Lines Comedy Festival which saw the likes of Paul Foot and Carl Donnelly really showing the variety of culture the north holds.
With more events happening than you can shake a stick at, it’s safe to say the north has positively shaken off the ‘grim’ name it got for itself in the past couple of decades!
By Emily Ward