© Debi Holbrook 2012

Opportunity – we are looking for Leeds-based artist(s) to produce a remix/mashup of our first project for the upcoming SCI base exhibition in New York – in association with Basement Arts

We need to submit three A5 (210mm x 148mm) artworks, one of which will be included in the exhibition.

Imagery to be remixed

All submissions will be featured, with information about the artist on this website.

For more, email Jon

Opportunity to exhibit in New York.


Were you a Nulufest photowalker?

A message from organiser, Jon Eland

Hi there!

Thanks so much for taking part in the event – I thought it went great and it seems to have been a HUGE success so far! And the headcount was around 40  – an amazing turn out!

I sent an email to all the addresses I had; but if I misread (or never got) yours – here’s the key points…

  • Sylvia Bruton (Sister Cities of Louisville) is interested in keeping the buzz going and would love to hear from any of you who’d be up for a follow up event run by the organisation – I’m nervy about privacy issues; so please email her if you’d like to be kept up to date on happenings. Contact her via Joanne in the Sister Cities office.
  • The Meetup group have been uploading images; you can see them here.
  • Crescent Hill ran the radio piece on Saturday; you can currently hear it here – they also asked me to ask for anyone who hasn’t yet submitted an image to send one (along with your credit name) by email.
  • Finally – I’d love to put a gallery together (and follow-up piece); so if you can send me up to 12 of your favourite images then I’d appreciate it – email me.
I’m trying to get in touch with everyone who attended – and keep you informed of LVLLDS activities – we’re about to launch a new initiative that, if you enjoyed the photowalk, you’ll get excited about. So, please, if you know of anyone who attended but that you’re not sure if they have got this – please forward it; or point them at this page
I hope you all had a good time – I’d love to hear about what you got upto once we’d all split – please don’t hesitate to get back to me with any feedback or anecdotes!
Keep snapping!
Cheers – Jon
And, don’t forget – you can keep in touch – www.facebook.com/lvllds • @lvllds
Image © Matthew Wickham. All Rights Reserved – used with permission

A gallery of textures.

This gallery contains 48 photos.

Ahead of the LVLLDS Louisville launch events we are publishing the complete selection of images from each artist taking part in ‘the textures of two cities’ project. These images were selected by the partner artist in their home city from a larger selection prepared by the photographic artist. Would you like a copy of Textures […]

Launching LVLLDS stateside with a week of events!

Jon Eland, founder of LVLLDS is returning for his second visit to Louisville (16-25 Sep 2012) and will be taking the opportunity – and a series of speaking / exhibition opportunities to launch the photographic collaboration initiative to the Kentucky end of the partnership.

The events are:

  • Mon 17 Sep • Sister Cities of Louisville
    620 South 3rd Street, Suite 200 • From 5.30pm (FREE)
  • Tue 18 Sep • Pecha Kucha Louisville
    Fresh Start Growers Supply (1007 East Jefferson Street) – 7.30pm ($5)
  • Wed 19 Sep • The Louisville Photoforum
    Bon Air Library, 2816 Del Rio Place – 6.30pm – 8.30pm (FREE)
  • Thu 20 Sep • ‘Nuluvillians’ exhibition preview event 
    709 East Market Street – 7.00-9.00pm (FREE)
  • Sat 22nd Sep • Nulufest Photowalk
    Meet at Hillbilly Tea, 120 South 1st Street. 11am for 11:30am start


For more, email lvllds@exposureleeds.org or voicemail – 502 403 2517 (UK: 0113 851 0517)

And, I’m a friendly type – with some free time daytimes in the week; if you want to meet up in ‘Nulu’ – give me a shout!

OPPORTUNITY: Project Curating Editor

(preferably Louisville-based*)

Following the near completion of the first LVLLDS project, ‘The Textures of Two Cities’, we are now looking for a curating editor for our next project.

This second project is anticipated to be a multidisciplinary project of several visual artists creating a work to represent their home city, with an another artisan from the partner city creating a words-based response to their project. The output of this will (like the first project) be both on and offline in nature. We anticipate a 12-24 artists being involved.

The appointed individual will be asked to help shape the project, by answering artist questions, reviewing supplied material and connecting appropriate artists in each city. The appointed person will not be expected to recruit artists, prepare the content for final publication or provide detailed editing services – but will not be dissuaded from doing so. They will be invited to nominate themselves as an artist in the project if they wish. Anyone proposing themselves should be aware that at the core of this project is the aim to provide opportunities for creative people in both cities to collaborate and share.

As with other elements of this project the role will be voluntary. It will commence in April 2012 and be concluded in August 2012, at the latest.

If you are interested in this permission, please email me with a short biog/resumé (a single paragraph should suffice) and an indication of why you are interested in the project.

Please post questions as comments below or email me.

*The reason for the Louisville preference on this project is that the first project’s curating editor was Leeds-based.

Image – detail from a work by Michele Larocque produced for the first LVLLDS project.

Introducing… Debi Holbrook

The final of our four artists for the first Leeds-Louisville creative project is Debi – we’d been talking about collaborating for months and it was when we started to pull that collaboration together that the idea of producing a trans-atlantic project emerged so, Debi…

Jon: How did you find the project?
Debi: After the lull of Christmas and New Year this project was just the thing to jump start a creative 2012 – very refreshing.

And how much did you know about Louisville before you started?
Shamefacedly l knew very little but the project got me curious and thanks to the power of Google l now know a lot more and my ears will be pricked the next time l hear Louisville mentioned.

What do you think to collaborative projects such as this?
Before my first collaboration I had reservations but found my main concerns i.e. ‘my collab partner and I have different ideas’ or ‘I’m not in control of the outcome’, are the very reasons to embrace such a project. Working with and sharing new media, ideas and ways of doing is eye opening and not being in total control is the core reason for collaborating.

What advice would you give to others considering getting involved?

  • Don’t be afraid – give it a go.
  • Communicate honestly with your partner.
  • Be realistic about how much you can put into the project, time wise especially, but when it comes to skills, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries.
  • Go with your gut instinct.
  • Come to decisions quickly (not too quickly) and if something isn’t working, move on.
  • Document the process.

What’s your general creative practice?
‘Visual Artist’ is a bit nondescript but l cant find an alternative. I sculpt, draw, paint, collage (mainly) but use photography, make prints, site specific and performance work. My main concerns are in ‘absence and evidence’ but l don’t restrict myself.

…and any recent career highlights?
Professionally (but, unfortunately, not financially), 2011 was a very good year all round – lots of exhibitions and a few firsts like going freelance, having works published and a first solo exhibition.

So, after this – what’s next?
A month-long drawing-a-day project and a couple of exhibitions to prepare work for. I also have a list of potential projects l’d like to make a dent in but it’s unrealistically long. And the bug bear l must conquer soon is to start blogging!

For more see Debi’s Flickr pics – a mixture of photography, art and the obligatory kitten shots!

Image © Debi Holbrook – all rights reserved.