There's been something stirring on the walls of Hyde Park - Leeds' most outrageous student suburb - of late. Alongside the overflowing upturned bins, noise complaints and healthy population of urban foxes a new breed of graffiti is emerging. Some new, arty styles are starting to appear - alongside, but contrasting, the generic scrawls and word tags.
"Excess All Areas" was an exhibition that showcased just some of the multitude of unique, controversial and downright lewd flyers used to promote Back to Basics - Leeds' longest running and legendary club night. Ask any discerning house-head and they will tell you that the words "Back to Basics" have been synonymous with underground music in the North, and more specifically Leeds, for over 20 years now.
Red Eric Studios represent something quite unique, even in a city as creative and diverse as Leeds. They are a fully independent and innovative space offering services in photography, music, visual arts and event management as well as support for up-and-coming artists and musicians. Their services include music courses taught in collaboration with Exodus, Central Beatz and Wombeatz as well as the legendary Leeds dub institution SubDub.
I met Illustrator Mike Powis a few years back when he was contributing in a Red Bull recycling initiative. At the time he was in his final year studying Classic Arts at Leeds Metropolitan University. He agreed to give Fiyah! magazine an insight into his life as an illustrator and we wanted to know his opinion of the current arts scene in Yorkshire.
Traditional cinema can date back as far as 1895. For over 100 years there have been many developments as technology has advanced. The so-called silent assassination of projectionists seems to be happening at such an alarming rate that no one has seemed to notice. With the introduction of digital cinema projection, days of 35mm projectors will be nothing more than a whisper.
Fiyah! is on the road and this time we're off to the capital with two of Leeds' most acclaimed graphic design students Sally Linsdell and Ruben Martinho. Both are in their third and final year of study at Leeds Metropolitan University and they're already causing a stir in their respective fields.
Featuring two poems from Tom Roberts: a Birmingham-born spoken word poet. The first is called "Writing helps" - a dark examination of the effect words can have on the brain. The second, entitled "Owed to a friend", is a lighter-hearted poem about a friend of the author named 'T-Bone'.