This webpage documents the creation of the murals developed as part of the 2019 Colour Hyde Park project through collaboration with the people, businesses, universities and schools of Hyde Park. We invite you to use this as a guide to understand more about the murals and to encourage you to take a tour of Hyde Park, the latest destination for community art!
In January 2019 the University of Leeds teamed together with a local artist and the Hyde Park neighbourhood to deliver a community mural project. Murals and street art are a wonderful way to preserve our city’s cultural identity and inspire communities to feel pride and ownership for the place they live. We developed this project with local people; providing workshops and activities prior to the murals being painted to ensure the community was involved from the start and that the designs truly resonate with the residents of Hyde Park.
Our project team feels passionately about Hyde Park and creating art that is accessible and representative of the neighbourhood that it visually represents. In June 2019 we came together to through workshops, events and painting, to create our murals. The artists for this project were chosen by our community panel, each artist with their own connection to Hyde Park. The designs created reflect the spirit of Hyde Park through recreating local landmarks and architecture alongside shapes and images that symbolise the area and the people that live in it.
This project would not have been possible without the positivity and support throughout from local residents, the Hyde Park Neighbourhood Forum, Brudenell Primary School, local councillors and local businesses.
In February we ran an open design competition for four of the murals. We requested the designs reflect the natural beauty of the area and celebrate the diversity of the community. Our community panel, built from members representing the full community, helped us choose our four winners; Charlotte, Niall, Joy and Maya. The final two artists, Emma and Fem, are developing their designs through workshops with Brudenell Primary School.
Two of our artists, Emma and Fem, developed their mural designs through workshops at Brudenell Primary School to collect stories and experiences of the area from the children. They used the workshops as a way to understand and visualise Hyde Park as the children see it.
The children provided artwork inspired by the places they visit, such as the Makkah Mosque and Abu Bakr supermarket. Another popular shape was ice cream, often eaten by the kids out on Woodhouse Moor. The shapes and styles created by the children will be incorporated into Emma and Fem’s murals.
To create a lasting legacy for the community, artists and everyone involved, we have created a Mural Map. This will feature all six murals, alongside biographies from our incredible artists.
We would like to thank all those involved on this project, especially the Hyde Park Neighbourhood Forum and the local businesses.
Special thanks to:
- Councillor Al Garthwaite for all of her enthusiasm and support throughout this project.
- the community judging panel who worked together to select the competition winners;
- Brudenell Primary School teachers and children who assisted and attended the workshops;
- the landlords who kindly donated their walls for the artists to paint;
- the student volunteers who assisted with consulting the residents;
- and finally, all the artists who have done an incredible job of creating bespoke pieces for the area.
This project was funded by the University of Leeds, Leeds Inspired, the Inner North West Community Committee and supported by Leeds Beckett University.
End of year can be a hectic time for students. Exam season has ended and already you need to pack up your things and move on to a new house or depart Leeds for good. Before your thoughts turn to taking time off, having a holiday and seeing family, take a little time to prepare for your move and save yourself some money and hassle in the process!
To help take the stress and hassle out of moving out we’ve created a handy moving out checklist. It includes tips on where to find your nearest glass recycling, where you can donate your unwanted stuff and last minute things to consider before you hand back your keys.
1. Leave Leeds Tidy
Consider donating your unwanted stuff instead of throwing it away. Drop off any unwanted at one of the end of year collections running in residencies, the local community and campus. You can drop off any furniture, clothes, kitchen goods, electricals, non-perishable food and anything else that you no longer need! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on collections near you (#ASmoothMove) or check the Moving Out map http://bit.ly/MovingOutMap
2. Dispose of your rubbish properly!
Did you know that every year, over 70 truckloads of waste is produced on changeover day alone?! And a lot of this can end up littering the streets and gardens which also means your landlord can charge you for extra cleaning. Take care of the environment (and your wallet) and make sure your housemates stagger your rubbish disposal times so bins don’t overflow. Use the Leeds Bin App here to find out what should be put in each bin!
3. Recycle your empties
Been hoarding glass in your garden with the intention of recycling it? Put those good intentions in to practice and take your glass to your nearest bottle bank. (No you can’t put them in your green bin!) Download the Leeds Bins app to find your nearest. https://datamillnorth.org/products/leeds-bins/
4. Leave only empty cupboards behind
Check if you need to buy any more food. Use up what you have stored away in the cupboards and freezer before buying any more. If you have any food leftover at the end of year, call around to your neighbours and see if they would like it or drop off any none perishable food at one of the city’s collection points. See the Moving Out map for details of where you can find your nearest. http://bit.ly/MovingOutMap
5. Who does all this stuff belong to?
Starting to regret not having done any cleaning this year? To have any chance of getting your deposit back it’s time for everyone to muck in and get things sorted. Work out a plan with your housemates how you will divide up the tasks, sort out who owns what and clean communal areas. That includes your garden and outside spaces! It’s a good idea to agree a day that you can all get together and clean up before everyone starts disappearing.
6. Make some extra cash for the summer
Sell your unwanted textbooks, clothes, electricals and media and get some extra cash for the summer. See our Living in Leeds Guide for more information. http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/being-a-positive-partner-in-society/your-community/
7. Take meter readings
A few weeks before you move out, contact the utility companies and let them know that you will be closing the account soon. On your final day take your meter readings, inform the companies to close your account and give them a forwarding address to send the bill. Do keep a record of the meter readings. Once paid, make sure you send proof to the landlord/agent.
8. Protect your ID
Shred any documentation with your personal details on it. Identity thieves are known to go looking through bins as well as looking for any opportunistic open doors and windows to help themselves to your laptop. It’s also not a good idea to store all of your possessions in a car overnight as it will get broken in to!
9. Get out and see Leeds
It’s not too late to take advantage of your free time in Leeds to go to one of city’s many great summer festivals and attractions. Looking for ideas on what you can do? Check out the following link which lists what’s going on! https://confidentials.com/leeds/things-to-do
1. Too many tins of soup left? – Donate!
Give it away instead of it wasting away
Clear out your fridge and donate any leftover food. Why not give it to housemates or friends that are staying in Leeds over the break? Or simply drop it off at the FD Building on campus and any of the university residences’ reception (non- perishable foods only) where it will be given to help others this Christmas.
2. Room a mess? – Take your stuff home.
A quick way to declutter
If you have too many things lying around that you didn’t use or need this semester, take it home with you or donate it to a British Heart Foundation donation bank (on campus and in halls) to help you declutter. Remember you’ll be getting new things so make space for them!
Give yourself the perfect Christmas gift – a nice clean room!
4. Shut down what you don’t need and save money.
Switch it off!
No one wants to come home to crazy electricity bills after the break. Shut down what you don’t need but keep a few lights on for security purposes. Treat yourself to a light timer plug! Not everyone has control of their heating, but keep it low if you can!
5. Take your valuables home/ keep them out of sight.
Keep it out of sight. You don’t know who is watching.
Keep your belongings safe. Take your valuables home and keep anything you’ve left behind out of sight!
6. Staying in Leeds? Join in the festivities.
Take a break from revision (or procrastination)
It’s freezing out there, but don’t stay cooped up inside all day. Take a break from your busy schedule of procrastination – I mean doing your assignments… Join in the festivities and check out the annual #UniLeedsChristmas events!
Are you staying in Leeds over the winter break? Christmas in Leeds is an annual programme for all students and…
7. Most importantly have a great Christmas break and see you in the New Year.
Sometimes it is as simple as a conversation, with the right person, that sparks an idea and starts to build a strong relationship. In June 2017 the Outreach Officer for Leeds College of Building and the Area Manager for Leeds Go Higher West Yorkshire met with the Reverend of St Agnes church, Burmantofts, Leeds.
Since that date, and with the additional support of the Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) officers from Leeds City College, Kirklees College and the University of Leeds, a parents group has formed. Workshops are delivered to around 30 parents and carers each time (and sometimes young people too)! The workshops are tailored to the groups’ needs and vary in topics including apprenticeships, futures in health, what are the different routes and options in Higher Education. All workshops involve the opportunity to meet current students, and students that reflect the young people from Burmantofts.
Go Higher West Yorkshire are led by the University of Leeds and host to the GHWY central team. GHWY are formally recognised by Office for Students as the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for all 11-18 schools in West Yorkshire, as well as primary schools and businesses.
Find out more about projects that the University of Leeds is involved in by signing up to our bi-monthly community newsletter at sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/sign-up-to-our-e-newsletter
Produced by the Sustainability Service with contributions from across the University, our bi-monthly community newsletter brings you a wide range of articles on community-related projects. From research co-designed by and benefiting local communities, to projects raising the aspirations of local young people. Projects showing student contributions to communities as well as those encouraging them to be good citizens, plus public events, lectures and activities welcoming visitors to campus. Our aim is to keep you up to date with what is happening on campus, as well as highlighting the ways you can get involved.
- The latest edition of the Community newsletter can be found here.
- To see previous newsletters take a look at our archive.
Sue Buckle, long term resident of Hyde Park shares her thoughts about the end of term, students departure and how students are viewed by permanent residents.
It’s that time of year again- gardens are lovely with spring blossom and on pavements, black bags overflowing with clothes charity shops would be glad of. The universities terms are nearly over and soon our student neighbours will be on the move.
It’s sad to say goodbye to the students who’ve become friends, even though we’ve never had the promised coffee or drink together due to busy lives. My immediate neighbours have been great, considerate and friendly, and I wish they were staying another year. The ones on the street who’ve woken people up after midnight with loud, shrieking discussions about who’s going in which taxi or who’ve resolutely refused/forgotten to put their bins back in gardens- we can live without!
So far, Bank Holiday Monday, it’s been pretty quiet with only a few occasional loud boozey voices late at nights. We empathise with the euphoria of ending exams, but if only the lucky ones would remember the poor souls still revising for their exams. Local school children are still revising for their GCSE and A-level exams. Friends from a neighbouring street report “bearable noise” so far, but are bracing themselves for the next few weeks. Even the benefits of Hyde Park Christmas- the piles of discarded clothes, furniture, household items and food- don’t make up for the misery of sleep deprivation. Especially when you have an early start the next day or been told “This is a student area. Why don’t you move?”
Going back to bins- yesterday, walking up Victoria Road with my two adult daughters visiting their old home for the weekend, we had to step around the mess from bins overturned by we assume bladdered idiots on their way home. Festering rubbish including so much discarded food all over the pavement! This morning, three Council staff were picking up and bagging every smelly item- at a cost to the cash strapped Council! In a queue at the Cardigan Road Co-Op recently a friend overheard two students discussion on what a trash heap Hyde Park was. O the irony….
BUT, coming up my street today I chatted to some students who are staying next year, all done with exams apart from one. They’re keeping our recent street-flyer and will be following our tips to pass on their edible food to our Real Junk Food Project down at All Hallows Church, plus any other unwanted stuff which is reusable or recyclable.
When its near to the end of June, my washing machine will be on most days with binned clothes to pass on to charity shops and the South Headingley Community Association table top stall at Kirkstall Festival and Unity Day will benefit from all the stuff that students or their parents cars can’t fit in. Hopefully these will come straight to me, rather than via the bins!
Then it’s a peaceful summer with those of us whose home is here getting the chance to know better the students here over the summer- before October, and another 200+ new neighbours to try to get to know and welcome to the Hyde Park community!
Creating noise nuisance can not only lead to hefty Council fines and a disciplinary from your institution but it could also be costly in repairing any damage to the property you rent if you hold parties. With the use of social media it’s now easier than ever to spread the word about a party you’re hosting and you risk dozens of strangers turning up and attracting the wrong crowd who won’t respect you, your property or your belongings. Once a large crowd gathers it is very difficult to disperse everyone and as a tenant you will remain liable for any damage caused by the guests- even if you did not know them. Remember, you are not only paying for the repair itself but also the contractors time which can be very expensive- some examples of costs to expect would be;
Filling and painting over one damaged wall; £60 plus
New carpets; £500 plus
Professional clean; £50 plus
Replacing a broken sofa; £450 plus
If you are not towards the end of your tenancy your landlord can demand you pay for these costs straight away and if it is towards the end of your tenancy you risk losing your deposit altogether and being taken to court for any remaining charges.
It is very common for landlords to request references before allowing you to sign a new contract- remember to bare this in mind because even after you have paid for the damaged property your landlord would still have to be honest when asked if they would consider you a trustworthy tenant. Some landlords require references from the previous five years so this could have a major impact on you for a long time to come.
Studying is very hard work and it is expected you balance this with a good social life but if you have friends around remember to limit the number you invite and only invite people you trust. Speak to your neighbours and let them know to contact you if they are disturbed by noise from your property. Leeds offers a wide range of bars, pubs and clubs and it is a much better idea to go to these for a party rather than risking the consequences noise nuisance can bring.
My top tip to any student thinking of holding a house party is to think carefully whether you are likely to cause any offence or nuisance to those living around you- remember loud music can travel some distance and will affect more than your immediate neighbours.
I’ve heard many DIY solutions that students have tried in the past to try and prevent the noise from the DJ’s and professional sound systems being heard. No amount of cardboard or mattresses pressed against windows will prevent your neighbours from hearing exactly what is going on! Especially if your guest list extends to 100+ people who will be in and out of your property and causing a disturbance as they make their way home through the neighbourhood in the early hours. And of course, I wouldn’t have this knowledge if it wasn’t for the University receiving numerous complaints about noise and having to speak to the students involved.
Here are a few more common misconceptions about house parties that I have come across.
1. The noise has to exceed a certain decibel level for action to be taken. NOT TRUE! A sound meter isn’t even used. The University and Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team make an assessment based on who your neighbours are and how noise is impacts on the wellbeing of your neighbours.
2. Action can only be taken over noise that happens at night. NOT TRUE! Noise is more of a problem for people after 11pm but action can be taken for noise at any time. Even at low levels if you have a neighbour that is more sensitive to noise, such as an elderly neighbour.
3. If I can hear the noise, investigators can take action. TRUE! If the noise is audible outside of your house, there is a good chance it’s loud enough to cause a problem for your neighbours. Turn the volume down!
4. Having Bouncers will limit the number of people crashing your party and prevent problems with your neighbours. NOT TRUE! Bouncers are more likely to scare off your neighbours when they call around to let you know there is a problem. Being able to speak to your neighbours direct about any issues as they arise is a far better way of dealing and resolving disputes. Disciplinary and enforcement action is a far worse consequence of making a mistake than having to apologise to the people living next door.
5. If you create excessive noise you are breaking the law. TRUE! Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team can take enforcement action that includes the confiscation of equipment, house closure notices, fines and a criminal conviction.
6. If I let my neighbours know that I’m having a party then no action can be taken. NOT TRUE! I would always advise that you speak with your neighbours in advance of having your friends over and share your contact details. However, residential streets are no place for a party that continues past midnight and has over 30 guests at any time! Your neighbours are still likely to make a complaint if your event is too big, too loud and goes on too late.
7. Its my birthday, a one off party isn’t going to hurt anyone. NOT TRUE! If every student has a house party for their birthday then that means a lot of parties and a lot of lost sleep! Take your celebrations in to town or book a venue to hold your party.
8. Hyde Park is a student area, its okay to have house parties. NOT TRUE! Hyde Park is home to many different residents. No street is completely student only. We also receive as many complaint from students as other residents about house parties!
9. I moved into a property next to a noisy neighbour so I guess I have to put up with it. NOT TRUE! Let us know if you are experiencing a problem through our Helpline. You may not be the only person affected by the noise!
10. I can’t have my friends over at any time as my neighbours will complaint. NOT TRUE! No one is likely to object to your having your friends over if you do so in a reasonable way. Would you really like to live next door to a party animal if you had to be up for work or lectures at 9am?
For information on the University’s procedures in handling off-campus issues see my earlier Blog for details on the joint action being taken by the Council and Police to tackle noisy parties.
Noise from celebratory parties is a particular issue in local communities at this time of year. Whilst the University appreciates that students will want to enjoy and celebrate the end of their exams, this should be done in a way that does not cause distress and disturb nearby residents. The University and Leeds Antisocial behaviour Team have implemented procedures to respond to noisy parties and ensure that everyone is able to enjoy their home without being upset by the actions of others.
How is Noise Nuisance Dealt with?
Noise nuisance has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of those affected. Many factors effect this; frequency, time of day, location, duration and how many people are effected. It is a statutory nuisance at any time, day or night. Noise nuisance is a criminal offence and enforcement action can be taken by the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team against any household which is causing a nuisance. This could result in a criminal conviction, confiscation of any noise-making equipment, issue a closure order/notice on a property and impose financial penalties.
The Police may take action with respect to any crime and disorder. The team will be providing additional out of hours patrols in the local area up to the end of June to respond directly to complaints of noise.
The University may also take disciplinary against students whom behave in a way which persistently causes distress to their neighbours and brings into question the reputation of the university. For the University’s procedures see the Neighbourhood Helpline Code.
Tips to Avoid Noise Complaints Being Made Against You
- Noise can be a statutory nuisance at any time but the hours between 11pm and 8am are particularly noise sensitive. Please be more aware during these times.
- Regular late-night disturbances, even at weekends, are likely to result in complaints.
- As a matter of courtesy call around to your neighbours in advance of a party to let them know and agree on an end time.
- Keeping doors and windows closed, especially in warm weather, will help to limit noise levels.
- If you or any guests are outside (e.g. having a BBQ, playing sports in the street, smoking or waiting for taxis) please keep the volume to a minimum. Keep equipment away from adjoining walls and raised off the floor.
- If you play a musical instrument, speak to your housemates and neighbours and agree a time that you can practice without disturbing them or book rehearsal rooms.
- If you do get a visit from a neighbour, Police or Council Officer, remain calm and polite.
For practical tips and advice on how to avoid causing any problems for your neighbours and to avoid enforcement action, take a look at the Living in Leeds Guide.