Shoddy would not have been possible without the generous support – of time, resources and advice – of many friends and colleagues. Thanks to everyone who helped in some way, whether that was in promoting Shoddy, lending equipment, providing funds or sheer hard work.

Thank you…

All of the participating artists

Live Art Bistro – whose early offer of a venue (in a re-purposed building) made the whole blooming thing possible, plus added hard work and warm welcome from Adam Young, Jessica Charlotte and Matt Allen. These guys do so much with so little – they deserve your support

East Street Arts & Pyramid of Arts, both early and constant supporters of Shoddy

Carrie Scott Huby – exhibiting artist, mentor and who came up with the idea from which everything else flowed: Shoddy!

Emma Bolland – as well as ongoing support, plus (always) wise words and advice, her expert input into the artists’ brief and the selection process gave the project credibility

Helen Astaire – volunteer extraordinaire, her skills in organising, setting up and curating were absolutely invaluable

Andrew Towse and Anne-Marie Atkinson –designed a brilliant leaflet and let us use their striking images for online publicity

Arts & Minds, particularly Tom Bailey, who organised a network event during the exhibition

Inkwell – for the loan of plinths, personnel and much more

CuratorSpace – fantastic innovative resource that makes the arts organiser’s job so much easier

Leeds Mencap Young Ambassadors – who enthusiastically pitched in to help during the set up and the launch

Alison McIntyre – advice and support that basically helped Shoddy get funding

Leeds City Council Arts Development team – whose exhibition screens transformed the space at LAB

Leeds City Council’s Civic Enterprise– huge thanks for delivering and collecting the aforementioned screens, no mean feat as they weighed a ton

Richmond House residential home for the donation of two chairs – one of which formed the basis of an artwork

Armley Junk-tion – nibbles at the launch from The Real Junk Food Project, exemplars in reclaiming what others discard

Amelia Crouch – for some helpful critique at a crucial stage of the project

Amy Jenkinson, curator at Armley Mills Industrial Museum, for infoirmation about the local shoddy industry

Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council for funding support

Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, for funding the Shoddy publocation

Brian Lewis of Longbarrow Press, who designed the publication – it looks gorgeous

Hammerson plc, who funded Shoddy’s event about disability arts in December 2015 – with special thanks to James Rogers, community executive, a great supporter of the project.

Finally, the amazing volunteers who helped set up the exhibition, Shoddy absolutely could not have happened without them:

  • James Hill
  • Jo Crompton (a life-saver)
  • Lotte Shaw
  • Lucy Meredith
  • Mat Dale
  • Pete Barrett
  • Stuart Harrison – who can build anything and stuck with it for the long haul!
  • Yvonne Baines
  • Zoe Parker.