The Armley Horses

We were invited to collaborate on a project with Assembly House, Leeds, who were working with Leeds 2023 and their Letting Culture Loose campaign! Leeds 2023 will be a year-long celebration of culture, where everyone across the city will be invited to create, make, perform, run, bake, eat, share, sing, speak, play and more!

Artists Amelia Wood and Rosie Vohra from Assembly house reached out to us for help in creating a wonderful public artwork to celebrate the textile history of Armley and it’s rich industrial heritage.

A close up of the pieces made by Hookers and Clickers

Assembly House sent us out inspiration packs with colours, images, collages and a poem to help us create 75+ different pieces, which were put together as a patchwork onto these amazing horses built by the artists! Rosie and Amelia encouraged us to be as creative as possible, and so they had to idea what all of the final pieces would look like until they arrived… The finished horses were installed in Armley Park on the 25th May 2022 for two weeks – and they looked FANTASTIC!!

You can find out more about this unique collaboration here, and see our Boss Lady meeting with the artists at Assembly House behind the scenes. You can also explore Leeds’ rich textile history at the nearby Leeds Industrial Museum, and take a walk along the beautiful Leeds-Liverpool canal where horses would have been working pulling the barges to and from factories throughout the city.

View along the Leeds-Liverpool canal