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Perky Exhibitions and Events

Current Exhibitions:

Photography Exhibition at The Arch Cafe - ON NOW

Solo Exhibition of photography artwork

in aid of Age UK Leeds

August 2020 onwards

(Subject to UK Lockdown closures)

15 Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA

(near the St John's Centre and Sainsburys)

Arts & Minds Annual Exhibition - ON NOW ONLINE

Group Exhibition "CHANGE IS GONNA COME"

See it here

Latest Exhibitions:

Abstract Exhibition at The Arch Cafe

Solo Exhibition of vibrant original paintings

in aid of Age UK Leeds

January - August 2020

15 Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA

(near the St John's Centre and Sainsburys)

Photography & Craft in the Barn 2020

Oakwel Hall Country Park,

Warrens Ln, Birstall, WF17 9LG

Saturday 8th February Sunday 8th March 2020

Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm

Art in the Barn 2020

Oakwel Hall Country Park,

Warrens Ln, Birstall, WF17 9LG

Saturday 11th January – Sunday 2nd February 2020

Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm

Illustration Solo Exhibition at The Arch Cafe

30th October 2019 - January 2020

15 Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA

(near the St John's Centre and Sainsburys)

Meet the Fruinimals and Vegetimals!

Their simple, bold design plays on shape creating whimsical characters from familiar fruits and vegetables combined with animals. Adorably funny and good for you!

We're taking a break for maternity leave. We're so excited to welcome our first child into the world so will be focusing on him (a baby boy!) We hope you'll want to shop/create/chat with us again when we return. Best wishes,

Helen and Baby Max


Past Exhibitions:

"Dandelion" Solo Exhibition at The Arch Cafe

Friday 15th March 2019 - 24th Sepetember

15 Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA

The Dandelion Collection is inspired by the artist's love of dandelion clocks (or puff balls as she likes to call them).
They bring back happy childhood memories
of spring and summer, playing outside in the sunshine and losing track of time.

Solo Exhibition at The Old Red Bus Station

Friday 5th April - Wednesday 22nd May 2019

The Old Red Bus Station

104 Vicar Lane, LS2 7NL Leeds

Leeds artist Helen Gibson, professionally known as The Perky Painter, shares her strange world of entwined forms expressed in bold colours and textures.

Horsforth Walk of Art 2019

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July

Location: The Old King's Arms, The Green, LS18 5JB

Art in the Pen 2019

Thirsk – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July

Skipton – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August

Kirkstall Art Trail 2019

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July

Location: Hollybush Conservation Centre, Broad Ln, LS5 3BP

"RADIANT" Summer Show

Group Show with ArtBound

Sunday 2nd June - Sunday 28th July 2019

Legacy Arts Gallery, Todmorden, OL14 7BJ

Arts & Minds Annual Exhibition

Curation Team and Exhibiting Artist

Monday 10th June - Sunday 23rd June 2019

St John’s Centre, Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8LQ

(Unit 3 Ground Floor)

Inkwell May Day Exhibition

Thursday 2nd May - Tuesday 11th June 2019

Inkwell Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3LW

Holmfirth Artweek

One of the UK’s Largest Open Art Exhibitions

Friday 5th July - Saturday 13th July 2019

Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Rd,

Holmfirth, HD9 3AS

Photography & Craft in the Barn 2019

Oakwel Hall Country Park, Birstall

9th February4th March 2019

It's OK not to be Perky Solo Exhibition

Touchstone IAPT, Leeds

from 20th November 2018 - 8th March 2019

Sound of Colour Exhibition

Creative Arts Hub, 51-53 Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AB

12th January - 23rd February 2019

Yoo-TOH-pee-a Exhibition

FIIK Studios, Mabgae, Leeds

28th March - 31st March 2019

Solo Exhibition at The Arch Cafe

Saturday 29th September - Monday 19th November 2018

15 Mark Lane, Leeds LS2 8JA

"It's OK not to be Perky"

Collection of paintings exploring the artist’s feelings of connection, and disconnection, to life around them

Solo Exhibition at Brewdog

Tuesday 2nd October - Wednesday 7th November 2018

The White Cloth Hall, Crown St, Leeds LS2 7DA

A celebration of silliness! Join with the Fruinimal gang in their super cool new hang out. Pearguin loves a good pale ale!

Art in the Barn 2018-19

Oakwel Hall Country Park, Birstall

11th January – 3rd February 2019

The Affordable Art Fair

Thought Foundation, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear,

1st November 2018 – February 15th 2019

Love Arts Festival Group Show at St John's Centre

Thursday 4th October - Sunday 14th October 2018

St John’s Centre, Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8LQ

The Fronteer Open 2018

35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield,

19th November – 2nd December 2018

Winter Wonderland Exhibition

ARTbound, Hebden Bridge Town Hall,

27th November – 21 December 2018

Horsforth Walk of Art 2016-18

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July

Art in the Pen 2016-18

Thirsk – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July

Skipton – Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August

Animal Contemporary Exhibition 2018

The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge

Saturday 5th February - Saturday 3rd March

Engage in Colour Exhibition

Mirfield Arts Hub, Huddersfield

Friday 7th July - Saturday 12th August 2018

Art for the Women's Refuge

The Old Red Bus Station, Leeds

Thursday 11th May - Thursday 1st June 2017

Art in the Gardens 2017

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September

Kirkstall Art Trail 2016-17

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July

Leeds Art & Photography Exhibition 2016-17

Leeds Grammer School

26 October 2017 - 29 October 2017

Previous Workshops:

Child Friendly Leeds Live 2019

Family Art Workshop

Millenium Square

Leeds City Centre

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Beeston Festival

Family Art Workshop

Cross Flatts Park, Leeds LS11 7BQ

Free, drop-in workshop

Saturday 22nd June 2019


Leeds Waterfront Festival

Family Art Workshop

Granary Wharf, Wharf Approach, LS1 4GS

Free, drop-in workshop

Sunday 30th June 2019


Family Art Workshop

The Tetely, Hunslet Road,

Leeds LS10 1JQ

Free, drop-in workshop

20th April 2019


Expressive Abstract Painting

Creative Arts Hub, 51-53 Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AB

14th February 2019

10:30am - 12:30pm

Past Events:

Light Night Leeds 2016-2019

Briggate, Leeds City Centre 2:30pm - 10:30pm

Friday 11th October

Artsmix Artisan Market 2019

Albion Place, Leeds City Centre, LS1 6JL

Every Saturday on the run up to Christmas

10am - 6pm

Briggate Farmers Market

First and third Sunday of the month 10am - 4:30pm

(Every Sunday in December)

Briggate, Leeds City Centre


Belgrave Feast

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds City Centre, LS2 8JP

Saturday 11th May 2019

11am -  4pm

Wellington Place Market

Tower Square, 1 Wellington Pl, Leeds City Centre, LS1 4AJ

Thursday 16th May 2019

12pm -  2pm

Sunbridge Wells Market

Sunbridge Wells, Entrances off Aldermanbury, Sunbridge Road, Bradford, BD1 1SD

Saturday 2nd March 2019

10am - 6pm

Country Living Magazine Harrogate Christmas Fair

Harrogate International Centre

Thursday 30th November - Sunday 3rd December 2017

Stand Number N6

Leeds Waterfront Festival 2017

The Calls, Leeds City Centre

Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th June

The Stalls Makers Market 2016-17

Arts@Trinity, Boar Lane, Leeds City Centre

Saturday 5th August

York River Art Market 2017

Saturday 29th July

Saturday 19th August

Saturday 26th August

Springtime Live 2017

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Bank Holiday Monday 1st May

Yorkshire Cosplay Con 2017

Sheffield Arena

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th June

BCTF The British Craft Trade Fair 2016

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

The Perky Painter Horsforth Walk of Art
The Perky Painter Leeds Artist

Family Artist in Residence at The Tetley Gallery 


Visit The Tetley's Website here to discover Family Art Workshops, 

How-To Videos and Downloadable Activities all for FREE!

Join me for Live Family Art Workshops via Zoom on

Sunday 21st March and Sunday 28th March.

Watch the Trailer to find out more!

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