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Leo Plum (Fine Art, 2011)

Leo Plum (Fine Art, 2011)

Whilst still at university Leo and 10 fellow students opened a non-profit contemporary art gallery, Mexico, in the city centre. This was a collaborative project between Leeds Met, University of Leeds and Leeds College of Art, and supported the works of current students and alumni. 

 

Whilst still at university Leo and 10 fellow students opened a non-profit contemporary art gallery, Mexico, in the city centre. This was a collaborative project between our university, University of Leeds and Leeds College of Art, and supported the works of current students and alumni. 

Mexico, was only expected to be open for eight months though the group were able to secure funding from the Business Start-up grant at Leeds Met and other sources which enabled them to keep the gallery running.

After graduation Leo trained to be a teacher and knew he wanted to work with young people to improve self-confidence through conducting workshops focusing on communication skills such as those required within an interview situation. He was offered a graduate internship  as a Project Assistant with the Widening Participation Team at our university. The aim of the team is to raise aspirations and attainment to allow young people to succeed in Higher Education. Leo is involved in assisting programs of one-day activities, revision programs and summer schools that are tailored to specific age groups to include choosing a degree course, student life, accommodation, finance and the UCAS process.

Leo says “The really great thing about Leeds Met is the great opportunities that you can be involved in. I visited Estonia for six months through the Erasmus scheme and I was lucky enough to be picked alongside two others out of hundreds of applications. This really gave me a sense of achievement and was able to broaden my skills and possibilities. The tutors on my course were really intuitive and supportive of work I was doing but not only this but things that you were doing outside of university. I worked closely alongside university staff and they were really helpful."

To see more about the the gallery please see the Mexico website.