It’s art Jim but not as you know it! Submerged this weekend was visited by a phenomenal 500 people, who came to explore the mind-bending combination of art, swimming and underwater music at Bramley Baths. The inventive exhibition was created by I Love West Leeds Festival’s Jane Earnshaw & Leeds photographer Lizzie Coombes.
The exhibition attracted local residents and visitors from across the city and beyond, with many people visiting the baths for the first time ever to hear an underwater soundtrack of Handel’s Water Music as they swam around the photography exhibition.
Visitors plunged in for the art and music or enjoyed home-made cake and a DIY disco in the form of a wind-up-gramophone on the balcony while browsing an exhibition of photographs charting the work of the prolific I Love West Leeds Festival.
Friends of Bramley Baths took the opportunity to hold taster activities – including free mini-steams in the Russian Steam Room, hula-hoop fitness classes, static bike racing and ping pong. For the Friends, it was a very useful chance to chat to people about plans for the Baths, and test out some new ideas for the enterprise. We received lots of feedback from parents and children, telling us how much they enjoyed short steam sessions, and the hula-hoop keep fit and table tennis seemed to capture people’s imagination.
Andy Phillips led visitors on short tours of the pump room – explaining how they filter the brown mains-water that arrives from the pipes into the clear clean drinkable water we’ve come to expect to swim in at Bramley Baths.
The exhibition has attracted interest from Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post, Metro, Big Issue North, The Guardian, LOL, Culture Vulture, BBC Radio Leeds, Third Sector Magazine and most recently – BBC Look North. If you missed Look North’s report, watch it again here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-20045306
Thanks everyone who came along, but especially I Love West Leeds Festival (for another brilliant idea beautifully realised) Jane Earnshaw, Lizzie Coombes, Sally Brown, Howard Bradley, Beate Rohle, Fra Panella, Tall Paul (sorry Paul), Sarah Howells. Thanks also to Jane Zanzarotta of Artemis Leeds who displayed a collection of vintage swimming hats and the brilliant team who made the underwater music happen – Anything Audio. Thanks also to the Bramley Baths team – always lovely to work with, and to the Friends for volunteering their time, and to the FoBB bakers who brought and made cake (you rock)!