Leeds Young Film were proud to celebrate the incredible work of talented Leeds students from Coop Academy Leeds and The Ruth Gorse Academy at the Burberry Inspire Cultural Runway on July 4. As a partner of the project, alongside Leeds Playhouse, Northern Ballet and The Hepworth Gallery, a year of work from eight schools across Yorkshire culminated in an evening of dance, art, theatre, and film.

The Burberry Inspire initiative is the first in-school art and culture programme of its scope in the UK, and is designed to understand how deep experience of the arts can have a positive effect on young people's lives. One of the Year 8 students who made their own film as part of the intensive sessions said, "I expected it to be a bit boring and that we were just going to do what they told us to do, but we had the freedom to make what we wanted."

Over an hour's worth of film content from Year 7s, 8s and 9s was premiered to leading professionals, councillors and artists from across the region; from stories of horror to comedy, documentary to dramas, and even a couple of musicals sprinkled in there! Debbie Maturi, director of Leeds Young Film said on the night, "The talent of the next generation of artists is overwhelming, to see powerful and emotive performances from the worlds of art forms such as dance, theatre, film and art is made all the more significant knowing this work has been made within the school framework. The benefits of creativity are clear not only for the students but the whole school and we are proud to have been given this opportunity to extend Leeds Young Film’s 20 year commitment to support young people across the City reach their potential through engagement with the moving image.

The second year of the Burberry Inspire project begins in September, where Leeds Young Films' Artists in Residence work with Key Stage 3 students from University Academy Keighley and South Craven School.


Read the full press release from Burberry here.