Who We Are
Arts Live is a community arts provision delivered by Garforth Academy and the Delta Academies Trust. We have one simple aim, and that is to provide access to high-quality arts provision to as many people as possible.
Arts Live is currently based at Garforth Academy. The classes are open to anyone wishing to take part from across Leeds, Wakefield and the surrounding areas, although some of the groups may have entry criteria based on minimum or maximum ages or levels of competency.
All of the groups within Arts Live work with professional tutors. We place a high emphasis on regular performance, recording or exhibitions with each group and we provide many opportunities to do so in the local community and the wider region.
Activities We Offer
Welcome to Arts Live, your local community arts programme run by Garforth Academy. Taking place mostly on Thursday evenings, we offer a wide range of exciting and fun activities for all ages and abilities. The table below shows the groups we offer, subject to the number of enrolments we receive.
|Group Name:||Group Description:||Termly Fee:||Age:||Day:||Times:|
|Guitar Group||Develop your guitar skills with sessions for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels||£45 (10 sessions per term)||Open to all||Every Thurs||5:00pm – 5:45pm|
|Panic Attack (Steel Pans)||Steel pan group which plays a wide range of music, suitable for all abilities. We offer regular performance opportunities in the community||£40 (10 sessions per term)||9-17 years||Every Thurs||5:00pm – 6:00pm|
|Astronomy Group||£60 (10 sessions per course)||18+||Thurs (Set 10-week course, timetable issued on enrolment)||6:00pm – 7:00pm|
|Steel Crazy (Steel Pans)||Adult steel pan group which plays a wide range of music, suitable for all abilities. We offer regular performance opportunities in the community.||£30 (6 sessions per term)||18+||Thurs (Fortnightly only, timetable issued on enrolment)||7:00pm – 9:00pm|
SOON TO COME! Register your interest now for our new classes due to start soon:
|Group Name:||Group Description:||Termly Fee:||Age:||Day:||Times:|
|Ukulele Group||Develop your ukulele skills with sessions for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels||£45 (10 sessions per term)||Open to all||Every Thursday||4:30pm – 5:00pm|
|Rock & Pop Bands||These groups are suitable for instrumentalists and vocalists, with grade 2 or equivalent experience, who want to play popular rock and pop music, as well as compose, perform and record original music.||£45 (10 sessions per term)||11-17 years||TBC||TBC|
|Recording Sessions||This is for anyone interested in the technical side of performance. An introduction to recording basics and capturing live performances using multi tracking and mixing.||£45 (10 sessions per course)||11-17 years||Thurs (Fortnightly only, set 10-week course, timetable issued on enrolment)||4:30pm – 5:30pm|
Contact & Find Us
For further information about Arts Live, please contact us by the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All Arts Live classes are currently held at Garforth Academy (Formally Garforth Community College), the address of which is:
There is ample free parking on-site, however when other events are taking place at Garforth Academy it can get very busy so we cannot guarantee a parking space. There is a turning D in front of the academy which provides a safe pick-up and drop-off point. There is also plenty of free local street parking within a short walking distance.
We have disabled parking and toilet facilities on-site, and if you have any special requirements please contact us for further advice regarding access and our facilities.
Terms & Conditions
Arts Live Terms & Conditions:
All participants must be members of Arts Live to join any groups. To become a member you must fill out and sign an enrolment form (these are available on request email@example.com). By signing the enrolment form you agree to these terms and conditions. It is essential that you provide us with contact details including an email address that you check regularly; we will use email as the primary means of communication. You must notify us as soon as possible of any changes to the details provided on your enrolment form.
There are termly fees which differ depending on the group you attend. The termly fee guarantees 10 sessions per term (a session is a workshop, rehearsal or a performance). This applies to all groups unless stated otherwise. We do not issue refunds if you miss a session. If a session is cancelled by Arts Live and this reduces the number of available sessions that term to below 10, we will extend the payment deadline for the next term. If you choose to leave the group you have joined mid-term you will not be issued a refund for the remaining sessions you have chosen not to attend.
Garforth Academy which runs Arts Live uses a cashless system and payments can be made via ParentPay if your child attends the school or BACS if you are external. If you are registered on the Garforth Academy ParentPay system you can only pay Arts Live fees via that system.
Payment of termly fees are due by the “payment due date” stated on each emailed invoice. If the deadline is missed your membership will be revoked and lessons suspended until the outstanding balance is paid in full.
Every Thursday 5:00pm – 5:45pm (Music Room 88)
These groups are led by versatile guitarist Simon Franklin, Simon is a professional guitarist who has worked for ArtsLive for many years. Simon studied guitar and music at Leeds University and has taught guitar professionally for over 20 years. His past students have gone on to great success, with many currently performing in professional bands or as solo artists and session musicians. As well as teaching Simon has played guitar all over the world and has performed with members of Iron Maiden, Warlock and Within Temptation.
The Arts Live guitar groups are the ideal place for a beginner to advanced guitarist who wants to learn more in a relaxed and encouraging environment alongside other guitarists. The sessions move progressively though the basics of chords, lead lines and finger picking techniques. We encourage our participants to take part in ensemble band and solo performances at our end-of-term shows, to show off their skills.
Every Thursday 5:00pm – 6:00pm & fortnightly 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Performing Arts Centre)
These groups are led by musician Kathy, Kathy has taught music at various levels for many years and has been part of the ArtsLive family since its creation. Kathy is passionate about the steel pans and wants to encourage everyone to give it a go! This instrument is becoming more popular within the industry so it’s a real bonus to have it as one of your additional skills.
The ArtsLive steel pan groups are the ideal place for anyone who wants to learn more about steel pans in a relaxed and encouraging environment alongside other musicians. The sessions move progressively though the basics pan techniques and reading music. We encourage our participants to take part in ensemble band performances at our end-of-term shows, to show off their skills