Elevate Young Minds is pleased to announce EYM LX, a pop up festival for around 40 young artists in a cultural exchange based in Lisbon, Portugal. The one day festival will feature multidisciplinary art of all forms and is created around exploring connections and opening up cultural access to all.
This event was inspired by the passion of young collaborative artists and supporting artists on their ascent into the professional industry. At Elevate Young Minds, we believe it is important to foster and nurture artistic talent in all forms, and this exchange in Lisbon will provide opportunity to share work and to engage with others. Elevate Young Minds LX is made up of students from Leeds Beckett University (UK), artists from across the globe and volunteers and artists from Lisbon, Portugal.

Taking place on the 3rd September 2016 at EKA Palace, this festival will begin at 6pm and continue into the early hours of the morning. At EKA the artists will converge their diverse artistic mediums and approaches to create a fascinating one-day festival, combining theatre performances, street shows, concerts and an exhibition to reflect youth voice at an international extension.
Line up and ticket information is below:

Tickets: 3 Euro— Sale opens at 18:00

Exhibiting Artists: Beatriz Bagulho, Inês Brito, Alice Albergaria Borges, Madalena Wallenstein, Pedro Saúde, Sebastião Ribeiro Soares, Luana Sal, André Correia, Diogo Gama, Lisa Fernandes, Bárbara Faden, Carolina Caramujo

Film Artists: Clara Jost e Tiago Santos, Rita António, Cru Na and Ana Anix Antadze

Slam Poetry: Cru Na, Marco Galrito, Vitor Malvas, Ana Homem de Melo

Performance Line up (Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Concert)
18:30- (Outside) Stitch Theatre – Rise to Vertex. James Rowling, Martyna Kozanecka
19:30-( Inside) -This Land? Beth Ellis, Matthew Hill, Edenamiuki Aiguobasinmwin
20:00- (Outside) – Camisa
20:30 – (Inside) –Two, Daniel Phung and Kayleigh Price
21:00- (Outside) – Ossos D’Ouvido
21:30- interval – 30 min.
22:00 – (Concert room) – Império Pacífico
23:00 – (Concert room) – Morning Coffee
00h00 – (Concert room) – Maxi Zee
01h00 – (Schwarzwelt) – Vince Royce

 

We are also looking for volunteers from Portugal who are able to assist with the running of the festival, volunteers will need to be available on the 3rd September 2016 and passionate about supporting an arts based festival.

If interested please contact: admin@youngmindmatters.com 

 


Being a student with a limited amount of money, shopping for clothes can be hard. Topshop is a favourite amongst many students with their range of endless, fashionable pieces, but the items’ price tags force most to end up browsing rather than buying. An alternative to high street stores are vintage shops and Sheffield offers some of the best in the country. Sheffield’s various vintage boutiques sell original pieces from every decade; clothes that are cheaper than Topshop’s but are the source of inspiration for the the high street store’s 70s floral skirts or 90s cropped shirts. Buying vintage clothes also makes you a little different and more interesting than everyone else, as well as the fact that you are supporting independent, local businesses. Walking around the city centre, it is easy to see who shops at vintage stores as their look is unique and the pieces that they wear are ones that I have never seen before, probably because in most vintage shops there is only one of everything available. This is a breath of fresh air for me, as coming from a small rural area with only three good clothes shops, everyone wears similar things and it is inevitable that you turn up to an event or a party wearing the same thing as at least one of your friends.

Olivia and Em, both sixth form pupils from Sheffield, told me that one of their favourite things about their city is its vintage shops. Olivia likes the fact that you will find most of Sheffield’s vintage treasures around the same area, meaning that when she goes clothes hunting, she doesn’t have to walk very far from shop to shop. From Syd and Mallory’s Emporium to Cow, there is no need to look further than West Street and the Division Quarter for unique finds. Olivia’s favourite is Freshman’s located on Carver Street, and it is not difficult to see why.

 

olivia and em

 

One of the oldest vintage shops in Sheffield, the shop has existed on Carver Street for fifteen years. It is also one of the cheapest vintage boutiques, offering 10% to all students, and the same discount for non-students every Friday and Saturday from 12 until 3. If you like checked shirts, Freshman’s is the perfect place for you, selling an endless collection of multi-coloured ones on a long rail. Other clothes that stood out for me were the brown suede coats with cream shearling wool collars, tweed jackets, corduroy pinafores, and the box of tartan scarves which invites hours of rummaging.

 

freshmans

 

freshmans 3

 

Just down from Freshman’s is The Forum; a small shopping centre with interesting boutiques inside. One of my favourite boutiques is Closet Treasure which has its own jewellery collection whilst also offering second-hand clothes from the likes of Topshop, H&M and Primark, including some vintage pieces. What is unique about this shop is that if you’re having a wardrobe clear out, you can take your unwanted items there and you will be given half the amount of money that each of your pieces sell for. Easier than EBay and an opportunity to support a local business, it is an ideal compromise. Next to The Forum is Vulgar; a bright, colourful vintage store that has been open since July. The clothes inside are eye-catching, from corduroy shirts to beanie hats and Doc Marten boots. There are even deer antlers available for £15, and a glass case on the counter showing off mesmerizing rings with little different coloured stones on them.

 

vulgar

 

Vintage jewellery is sometimes more interesting than vintage clothes as they add detail to an outfit and it is interesting to imagine a story behind each special piece. Different to the other boutiques, Filibuster and Booth’s on Division Street only sell vintage jewellery. The owners buy the jewellery from different areas around Europe and have been doing so for as long as 45 years. Everyone wants to know exactly where the jewellery is from, but the owners refuse to conceal their secret sources, only letting me know that they do quite a lot of work in Belgium. As well as browsing customers who spend hours hunting for unique pieces to buy for themselves or as gifts, there is a group of women who go in regularly to buy broken brooches in quantities to make wedding displays. The shop is also ideal if one is looking for costume jewellery or materials for art work.

 

filibuster and booth's

 

One of my favourite vintage shops, again on Division Street, is Mooch Vintage. This shop is always bustling with people; newcomers and regulars alike. It is worth becoming a regular at this store, mostly because of the owner, Wayne; an extremely friendly and chatty character who becomes friends with customers and helps them find exactly what they’re looking for. When collecting weekly new stock from his warehouse, he even picks out and keeps pieces that he knows will suit a friend. “I saw this and thought of you” I heard him say to one customer one day, handing her an emerald coloured fur coat and encouraging her to try it on. New customers also know to ask at the counter for specific things, be it an idea for a hobbit fancy dress costume for Halloween, or a fifties inspired dress for a decade’s themed fancy dress party.

 

mooch vintage

 

One of the most well-known vintage shops in Sheffield is, of course, Cow. Located on West Street, Cow has been in Sheffield for around 10 years. There also exists a shop in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, as well as an online shop, a collection on ASOS Marketplace, and a small corner on the floor of Topshop stores all over the UK. Much of Cow’s stock is from different parts of America such as Florida, Atlanta and Texas, to name a few. This stock mostly consists of Ralph Lauren shirts and dresses, Disney printed t-shirts and jumpers, and New Balance and Nike trainers. However, there is a team at Cow who works downstairs, making their own clothes which are labelled with the We Are Cow sticker. The team make clothes that compliments a vintage style, creating cropped sweats and flannel shirts, shortening skirts and hems of jeans, and even transforming men’s shirts into pinafores. As well as to forage through heaps of clothes, it is worth going into Cow just to people watch. The students and locals who enter the shop are always dressed in unique outfits, not excluding the friendly workers who are always busy sorting new stock.

cow

 

I spoke to one shop assistant, Bethany, who told me that she always tries to wear vintage or second hand clothes to work, and not necessarily from Cow. Being a vintage lover and a regular charity shop hunter, this isn’t hard for her. She never shops at high street stores and prefers vintage clothes because she feels that they have a story behind them; a vintage item has been pre-loved and one cares about it more than a new piece of clothing. Bethany’s favourite vintage shops in Sheffield are Syd and Mallory’s Emporium, especially as they have their own jewellery and clothes collection, and The Vault and Vintedge; two boutiques on Abbeydale Road that are definitely worth a visit.

 

syd and mallory's 3

 

 

The most recent vintage shop to open in Sheffield, located in the city centre near Primark, is Thrifty Store. This shop amazed me by seeming small on the outside, but once inside a corridor invites customers towards a huge room with endless amounts of clothes, jewellery and shoes everywhere. Bally, the owner, explained to me that since its opening on September 26th, the store already has regulars who spend hours delving through piles of second hand items, trying to find a hidden treasure. “For a rummager, like me, it is paradise” says Bally, who is proud of his stock that comes from all around the world, from America to Amsterdam. To promote the shop, Bally holds monthly vintage kilo sales at the University of Sheffield, which is an ideal way for students to buy a large amount of clothes for an affordable price. A great thing about Thrifty Store is the fact that everything is extraordinarily cheap. I spotted one man trying on a long fur coat that costed only £6.99; a bargain for those trying to find new winter clothes. What I liked the most about Thrifty Store was its quirkiness, especially the yellow post its dotted around the shop with positive notes scribbled on them, like “have a mint day”. Also, adding to its uniqueness is the shop’s large video collection, selling each for as cheap as a pound.

 

thrifty store

 

It is not difficult to see that Sheffield has an exquisite collection of vintage shops, all a bit different from each other and all worth a pop in when you’re next out shopping. Vinatge stores give shoppers a buzz as it is much more fun diving into a jumble of pre-owned goods, knowing that you might find a hidden gem that will quickly become the favourite piece of clothing you own, than browsing through clothes on rails that thousands of people before you have bought and are already wearing. Therefore, if you haven’t done so previously, I encourage you now to go vintage clothes hunting: you will not regret it.

 

Written by: Mared Gruffydd


What makes a good cafe?

Is it the ambience? The range of cakes? The offering of single origin beans, obviously nicaraguan is the bean of the moment. Obviously.
Cafe culture is an interesting phenomenon. It’s something that’s been going in other countries for years. In Europe it’s always been acceptable to soak up the sun in the Paris plaza’s and Italian piazza’s. In Australia and New Zealand it’s a huge deal, families, friends and workmates will sit for hours in cafe’s working, chilling out, gossiping.
Yet this relaxed nature just somehow doesn’t seem quite. British.
When I was younger we never went to cafes. They weren’t really a ‘thing’, there were greasy spoons that called themselves cafe’s. My town’s equivalent was a terrifying place called ‘Sweet Vienna’. The women in there were the stuff of nightmares and let’s not even talk about the food.
Or cafes were places that we took my Nana when we didn’t know what to do with her. We went to Ruskington garden centre and ate scones that pretended they were freshly made and drank tea.

However this has all changed. Cafes are this strange mix between restaurant and coffee bar. They’re expected to have it all, they need to have the relaxed feel of your lounge, the food of a michelin star restaurant and the coffee hand delivered and ground by wood nymphs who picked the beans under a blue moon.

As someone who spent years in the service industry and worked for a few of Sheffield’s most well respected establishments I know the pressure of creating such an environment. You have to look and be cool but not too cool. Dress trendily, but nothing offensive. Be polite and charming but know when to step away.
It feels like a never ending battle of finding the balance.
However, whilst it may sound like I’m belittling the cafe culture. I’m not. I love it. Absolutely love it, I’m a self professed hipster coffee grinding lover. I know the difference between my Kenyan’s and my Ethiopians, I refuse to go anywhere without my aeropress and tut at places that don’t have at least two gluten free options on the menu. Horrendously pretentious I know.

I am aware that not everyone is as vaguely pretentious as me however, so when compiling this list I did try to bear that in mind. Whilst there are hundreds of these articles everywhere, we as team Deliverd have decided to create our own. So, here we go, a dictionary of cafes according to us

 

  • The Bhaji Shop/Thali Cafe
    Still not hugely well known this cafe is an absolute winner. Authentic Indian cuisine served with love and a smile.
    I am also a huge fan of BYOB. Not sure why but I think it’s great.
    The Thali plates are ridiculous, I’m still talking about the first one I ever had, which was a seafood biryani. As someone who always goes for fish curries this still has to be one of my best ever. All served with their famous onion Bhajis as well. Who doesn’t love a good onion Bhaji!?
  • Tamper: The Battle
    Ok. So yes I’m biased. Really biased. Anyone who knows me knows that I worked for Tamper for quite a while, but you know what. So what. I’m proud to have worked for Tamper. Their coffee is great, as is the food. Plus I know how much work goes into running it. Whilst there might be a wait to get in sometimes you all know that their hollandaise sauce is worth it.
    Plus their coffee is to die for. Yes. It’s not supposed to be boiling hot. That means it’s burnt.
    However, I still can never decide if I prefer the cosiness and serenity of Westfield Terrace which means I can chat to Chris about his fantastic beard, or the hustle and bustle of Sellers Wheel where I spent many many days serving flat whites.
  • Bragazzis
    Bragazzis is a bit like a hug in a mug for me. I spent a fun filled summer living above Bardwells Electronics which meant that Bragazzis was a stone’s throw away for me. Coffee and Croissants were a morning fixture.
    Their coffee is undeniably good, but what’s also lovely is sitting in the leather chairs with a paper, a perfect americano and one of their sandwiches. Made on salty rosemary focaccia with authentic italian ingredients you could easily be in Verona and not bat an eyelid.
    The staff are lovely and it’s been going forever. They must be doing something right
  • Forge
    I don’t want to be one of those people. However, I remember when Forge opened. Way before the bigger cafe, when they were a tiny shop on Abbeydale road right near Brigazzis. I would purposely leave for work ten minutes early so that I would have time to grab a croissant to scoff on the bus.
    It’s all just got so much better since they opened their proper cafe. Have you been for breakfast yet? No?! What’s wrong with you!? Sort your life out and get down there. Now.
    Oh, and don’t miss out on their pizza nights, the arancini are to die for.
  • Steam Yard Coffee
    I’m thinking I might be a tad biased towards coffee. However, Steam Yard is lush. Very small so easily feels packed but the service is always attentive enough that it doesn’t matter. Coffee is great and they serve some of my favourite doughnuts going. Housemate is addicted to the apple and cinnamon one. The eclectic furniture and style feels cosy and comforting and the atmosphere is always creative and buzzing.

Once an indicator of status or a mark of past deeds, tattoos are vastly leaving their negative connotations behind and have become a very personal form of self-expression. Adored by the majority and misunderstood by many, tattoos are a very grey area in society and can be quite controversial (lover’s name, anyone?) yet there has never before been such an array of styles and designs which, if one chooses not to have permanently inked onto the body, can at least be admired for the works of art they are.

This is an article showcasing my favourite tattoo artists who produce work in a particularly colourful way, which if you have seen my art, you can understand why these artists appeal so much to me.


 

Katie Shocrylas / instagram

Katie Shocrylas is by far one of my favourite tattooists, from her all inclusive colour palette, to her intricate line work, to her bold and quirky designs; I love it all! There is a lot to be admired from an artist who can take an array of bright colours and stylised designs and still create a classy and rich piece of art.


Ondrash / instagram

One of the things I admire about the art of Ondrash is his use of negative space and the deliberate placement of his lines. My very favourite piece of his is the first photo, of the sphynx cat with the extended sharp line, contouring the cat down the body. It’s very easy to be in awe of a artist who can make the ink ‘glow’ on the skin.

 


Amanda Wachob / instagram

I love how immediately striking Amanda Wachob’s designs are, with clashing primary colours of thick purposeful strokes and abstract shapes which she brings together to create a tattoo with an eyecatching and strong design.


Lianne Moule / instagram

I feel like the main attraction to Lianne Moule’s style are the beautifully delicate and realistic roses she creates. There’s definately an appreciative talent when an tattooist can create defined petals from the negative space within a watercolour-style flower, and then infuse complimentary and bright splashes of colour throughout!


 

Sasha Unisex / instagram

I feel like no tattoo article which focusses on those artists with bright and immediately recognisable styles would be complete without including Sasha Unisex. Her work is so undeniably her own with the way she manages to omit the use of line work and instead creates her watercolour designs entirely as adjoining shapes of colour, very geometric in style. Her main focus is animals, developing watercolour illustrations on paper before exactly replicating the design onto skin.


 

I really hope you enjoyed my feature of tattoo artists who create very striking and inspiring art, through the use of colour, bold shapes and designs, and sometimes by simply leaving a space empty.

Tell me, which piece is your favourite? If you know of an artist that I would bloody LOVE and I haven’t yet discovered, please leave a comment or let me know through the social media channels linked!