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Between July and October 2013, eight emerging artists and writers who have all experienced mental health difficulties were selected to be mentored through the process of collectively researching sites within Leeds that held emotional resonance for them as individuals. From initial site visits and through mutual investigation, the artists developed new work in response to the peculiarities of each place and their developing understanding of Leeds in a broader context. The work was exhibited as part of Love Arts Leeds Festival in October 2013 and an artist film documenting the places and artworks was produced in partnership with the artists.

Now, we, the artists' mentors, Judit Bodor, Emma Bolland and Tom Rodgers, with assistance from publisher and editor Brian Lewis, will work with the artists to produce a publication of their developing art and texts and a second exhibition to showcase their developing talents. This book will be part artwork, part record; a collection of interweaving lines in creative output and an expression of the progress each artist has made in defining their practices and exploring their city.

The Place& Memory artists are:

Risks and challenges

The major challenge in this project is the book itself. As this is the first significant publication we have worked on together, we are learning many of the process as we go. We are, though, all experienced in designing, printing, creating, publishing, exhibiting and mentoring in a range of situations and are extremely excited and privileged to work with these artists in this project. We have the specialist help of Brian Lewis, a publisher of beautifully produced poetry editions at Longbarrow Press, who will oversee the production logistics and timeline.

- Time constraints - As we have a relatively short period of time in which to produce and print this publication (we aim to have it released by the end of May 2014) and as there are eight artists and their work to encompass, organisation and proper time management will be essential. However, we are a very close knit team who have worked with the artists through a range of other projects of similar intensity within similar time constraints. As professional artists and mentors we have set aside the required time in our diaries, and are committed to assisting the artists and writers achieve their dream.

- Printing issues and communication with printers - Again, working with large scale print runs and high-end printers is new to some of us, so ensuring that information and quality is clearly communicated in both directions will be learned as we progress. Happily, as stated above, we are closely associated with an experienced publisher who has agreed to assist us in this project.

- Production of artworks and involvement from the artists - All eight of the artists working as part of Place & Memory are talented individuals who are committed to the project entirely. Nevertheless, we intend to include newer works from each of them, across a range of media and, as the creative process is an unpredictable beast, we will need to keep a close eye on their latest progress, continuing to mentor and support their developments till the very end of the process. We have every faith in the artists and confidence that this project will result in a beautiful book that presents the Place & Memory experience in all of its splendour.

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