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The Juice Magazine is a new publication being brought together by a group of young graduates and students, with a background in the arts. The focus of the magazine is to represent and support the growing community of emerging artists in Leeds and the wider area of West Yorkshire.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Coming Up!

We're working hard on Issue #02 of The Juice Magazine, so here's a little teaser of things to come....

Helen Shaddock

Jonny Packham
Luke Steers

As Jimi Hendrix sat in the recording studio he plucked freely at his guitar strings. The notes that came out constructed a raw yet beautiful melody which those with an ear for a tight bit of blues rock would appreciate for it's divinity. The question is, how did this guitar great compose such delicious riffs? As Leonardo Da Vinci stared at his empty canvas, what inspired him to construct a painting such as Mona Lisa? The answer is they tapped into their inner creativity. An attribute of the soul, of our imaginations, engrained in our human fibre....

I hope these tasty morsels have wetted your appetite for the second issue!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Lucky Bloggers

On Wednesday night I was sat in the tiled cafe eating pie with people who I usually address with a prefixed '@' symbol...

A collective of us lucky blogger/social media types were invited to the 'Behind The Scenes' event at Leeds art gallery, to preview the Northern Art Prize, midway through it's set up process. We were greeted with complimentary wine and our number was divided into 2 groups and the evening was split into 3 stages.

Our half took the group discussion first and topic of conversation covered the basic logistics involved in organising the Northern Art Prize as well as evolving into a debate about the effects of social media for artists. How they can use it to engage and attract their audiences, to display progress on a piece of work and for everyone's favourite activity, 'networking' and its bohemian cousin, 'schmoozing'. The influx of so many online outlets for creative types can be a way to express your artistic work in the best possible medium, but can also create a conflict of interest whether your choice is personal taste or commercial gain.
It was a conversation that as a fairly recent art grad I've contemplated and discussed with others at various stages and one that on the night forced us to The Victoria afterwards for further contemplation...

Secondly the entire party was reunited for the prestigious honour of tasting and voting for our favourite pastry based dish in 'The Northern Art Pies'. It was an enjoyable interlude to the evening and if some witty soul had piped up with 'who ate all the pies?' the finger of blame would certainly be pointed towards The Juice corner of the table..

Finally, it was our turn to take the tour of the gallery, with the four shortlisted artists work mid-installation. It was a strange experience to be viewing partially completed installations without seeing a distressed and tired artist sat amongst it all on the verge of a breakdown after that one light fitting just wont stay in position even though you've tried every conceivable way of fixing it... although maybe that was my own personal experience as I felt slightly transported back to the days of art college. There was a similar air of anticipation and the busy feeling of a team pulling together to create a show.
Although the artists work comes from different places and perspectives it was interesting to discover that they had slight ties and connections within their themes and that their layout was based around these ideas. Being told about the artists work whilst we saw it in progress was a brilliant way to engage our minds in the thought processes behind the work and continued to open up the idea that all most people need to start engaging with art work is a little communication.

I'd be hard pressed to say who my bets are on for the final prize but overall I felt impressed with everything I saw. Someone raised the point that none of the artists have been from Leeds. I sometimes think that we're on the cusp of a cultural uprising, every year more and more of us feel Leeds is the place to open a new gallery, run an artistic event or set up a new magazine. We need these things to start to gain confidence in Leeds's cultural identity. We've had a fantastic creative year so far and The Northern Art Prize is a brilliant way to end it.

Many thanks to Leeds City Art Gallery and Culture Vultures for coming together to bring this event to us and to Alec Finlay, Lubaina Himid, David Jacques, and Haroon Mirza for allowing us to to view and photograph their work on the night.

Article : Lois Whitehead
Photography : Nick Collins

Monday, 6 September 2010


Hello All!

I am writing to let you know about the launch night of our finished magazine, and would like to invite you all down!
If you have submitted work, advertised, advised or are just interested in the Leeds art scene then come down and dig your teeth into a brand new copy for free!

15th of September at The Roast Cafe (1 Whitehall Riverside).
19:00 - 23:00

Also if you would like to get involved as a performer or exhibiting artist or you know anyone that would then please let us know ASAP!

Click on the link for the event for more info or drop us an email.

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And keep up to date with everything we're doing on our beautiful website

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Advertise for free in The Juice!

Calling all local (Leeds and Yorkshire) artists and companies, would you like some FREE advertising? Of course you would, it's free!
Well at The Juice we have saved a page for promoting local arts and businesses and we need you to get involved!
Send us a couple of lines about you, your products, your services etc etc... and we'll put it on the pages of our lovely Leeds based art magazine.
Send any info to (or email us for any more info!).

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Friends of The Juice

Hi All,

As you are aware, at The Juice we are committed to supporting emerging artists through our publication and events.

To do this we are looking for ways to raise funding to cover our printing costs so that we can reach a larger audience, increase publicity for the artists we represent and keep The Juice free!

If you would like to donate to our magazine you can do so directly through paypal by clicking the 'donate' button below.

If you would also like to become a Friend of the Juice, you can download a form, fill it in and email it back to us with your details.

Being a Friend of the Juice has lots of lovely benefits, such as your own personal copy delivered to your door..

Download Friends of The Juice Form by clicking here.

Please pass on this information if you know anyone who would be interested in our endeavours or may wish to make a donation.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Meet the Team!

Lois Whitehead - Editor

Lois is the Editor and founder of The Juice magazine. She has had a long relationship with the arts, studying Theatre, Art and English at A Level at Allerton Grange. She then went on to graduate from The Glasgow School of Art with a Ba(hons) in Fine Art (Environmental Art).

She is a practising Public Artist and has worked on projects at York Minster, South Square Gallery and Gallery 2.

Click to see Lois's blog.

Katie Lee - Researcher and Journalist

Katie Lee is a drama graduate from the University of Manchester with a semester at the University of Toronto. She does not want to be an actor.

Her love of culture began at an early age (ballet lessons at age three) and developed through her time at Allerton Grange school and university. Having always wanted to write for print and failing to do so at University, Katie leapt at the chance to assist with 'The Juice'. Fairly easy to please you might find her articles appreciative of most things. Beware of the fase sense of security given by this impression, or you might end up the same way as that awful 'Love Actually"...

Jenny Hall - Events Co-ordinator

Jenny is a visual artist and designer based in Leeds. She studied Surface Pattern Design at Swansea and graduated in 2009 with First Class Honours. Her work was showcased at New Designers 2009 where it caught the eye of the Embroiders Guild. The Guild invited her to exhibit at the Knitting and stitching shows as part of their showcase featuring new talent.

Jenny works with a range of materials and processes including digital and traditional textile techniques, print and paint.

Click to see Jenny's Blog

Helen Jeffers - Marketing Manager

Helen was born and grew up in Leeds and attended Allerton Grange High School, where she studied for her GCSEs and A-Levels. She studied for her degree in Business and Marketing Management at Oxford Brookes University, where she graduated in 2009. She is the Marketing Manager for The Juice. Her interests include singing, going to music concerts, the theatre and reading. She also enjoys travelling.

Harvey Ascott - Researcher and Journalist

Harvey was 18 when he received his first film commission from Screen Yorkshire and the UK Film Council to produce a Digital Short, 'Where Aeroplanes Go To Die' starring Cathy Tyson. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner 2007.

As an active member of the Yorkshire film community, Harvey has prolific experience producing shorts and documentaries, working on features and TV dramas.

Harvey mentors and advises new and emerging filmmakers, students, graduates, teachers and young people wanting to get into the field of moving image production and the media.

As well as giving talks at regional film festivals, Harvey has planned, delivered and evaluated workshops and lectures up to MA level.

Harvey also works throughout North and West Yorkshire in the education, community, voluntary sectors and has established a professional relationship with many organisations and institutions.

Harvey brings a knowledge of group set up, funding process and organisational skills to The Juice. He is also working on interviews and articles for the publication.

Click here for a brief list of Harveys TV credits

Lindsey Dew - Researcher and Journalist

Lindsey is a maths graduate from the University of Birmingham, 2009. She's currently working in government finance, but hasn't yet made any firm career plans.

Lindsey is interested in many forms of art, especially music and theatre. One of her main passions is playing the piano, which she has been learning from the age of six. As a student Lindsey was involved in several theatrical productions and whilst working at a summer camp for children in the states undertook the role of musical director for the camp's production of Grease.

Lindsey is excited to be involved with The Juice as it combines her interest in culture and team working.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Submissions Brief

With our first issue we have taken inspiration from our own position in life and chosen a theme to reflect this, ‘Part time job, Full time artist’.

Thinking of Van Gogh vs Hirst, how do we manage life as an Artist and support the creative path we choose? Do we compromise on our ideals to sustain an art practice? Can we effectively manage our earning time with our creative energies? Are there specific qualities that can separate one art graduate and elevate them to success whilst their contemporaries struggle to make ends meet?

This open brief is what we are hoping you will respond to. We are looking for submissions from artists, writers, photographers, illustrators, designers and anyone creative, who can respond to this brief. The one stipulation on this brief is that you must be living, studying or working in West Yorkshire. Also please be aware that we are only printing in black and white, so any images need to be appropriate for this medium.

All submissions should be sent to

We can’t guarantee that we’ll use every submission, but we will endeavour to where we can. And we will always keep you in mind for future submissions.

If you don’t feel you have anything to contribute but you would like to know more about us then please feel free to get in touch as well.