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Leeds law firm launches art competition with local students

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Shulmans LLP Solicitors has launched an art competition inviting local art students to create a winning piece of artwork that will take pride of place in the firm’s new offices at 10 Wellington Place.

To mark the firm’s prestigious move, Shulmans is running a competition with art students from Leeds University, Leeds Met, Leeds College of Art and Leeds City College to find a key piece of artwork for the new offices.

In order to help inspire their entries, students participating in the competition were invited to attend a special tour of the development in Leeds’s West End where they learned about both the history and future of the site.

Shulmans signed a pre-let deal in 2013 to take 15,000 sq ft across two floors of the landmark development, which is the first Grade A new office building in Leeds city centre for five years.

The structural work of the building is complete and the internal fit-out by office design specialists TSK is now underway with the corporate law firm set to move into the development in June, relocating from its current base at 120 Wellington Street.

Rosemary Edwards, partner and head of residential development at Shulmans who met with the students, said:

“We are looking for pieces of art which draw on the history of Wellington Place and the vibrancy of Leeds as a legal centre, combined with Shulmans’ place in the city’s business community and beyond and our vision for the future  of the firm.

“During the tour the students were given a real insight into the development of Wellington Place, its history and surroundings as well as an introduction to Shulmans as a firm and how the new offices fit into our future plans.

“The students were telling us how they’ve all been inspired in lots of different ways, so we’re really excited to see the types of artwork the students produce ahead of the competition closing date in May.”

During the visit, Phil Clifford, estate manager at MEPC, gave the students a talk on the story of 10 Wellington Place. Commenting on the development, he said:

“10 Wellington Place is situated in the heart of the city of Leeds’ business district, yet it also reflects the city’s commercial past whose vibrant waterfront was populated by warehouses, mills and factories, as well as being on the site of a major railway hub.

“Serving as a reminder of this fascinating past, the Listed Lifting Tower still stands on the site and will form a key part of the large public space at the heart of Wellington Place.”

The closing date for the art competition is May 15.

The winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Shulmans senior partner, Jeremy Shulman, senior workplace consultant of TSK group, Craig Murray, and renowned Yorkshire pastel artist, Rosalind Annis, a featured artist at Holmfirth Artweek.

As well as seeing their artwork hung in a prominent position at 10 Wellington Place, the worthy winner will also be presented with a £500 prize fund during a special ceremony at the new offices in the summer.

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Shulmans’ Rosemary Edwards (right, with back turned) and MEPC’s Phil Clifford (left, back turned) deliver talks to Leeds City College students during a site visit to the law firm’s new offices at 10 Wellington Place, Leeds, as part of the art competition launch

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