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Issue 477, 18 February 2002


An artist and educator from the school of applied arts in Vienna in the early 1900s, Franz Cizek encouraged children to present their personal reactions to happenings in their lives in visual form. He didn't aim to develop artists, but to develop the creative power he found in all children.

Professor Cizek fought against criticism and ridicule until the true value of this teaching became fully appreciated by educationists around the world. An exhibition at the Lawrence Batley Centre gallery at Bretton Hall shows the work of his pupils from the National Arts Education Archive, originally a touring exhibition from 1921.

The artwork is colourful, bold and aesthetically astounding, using wood and lino blocks, paper cut-outs and drawing. It is often difficult to believe the majority of artists were ten years old. The exhibition runs until April 17, and is open Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am- 4.30pm; by appointment only outside termtime. Tel: 01924 832020

Loving but living apart?

Do you and your partner have a committed relationship but run separate households? Researchers in the department of sociology and social policy studying transforming practices of intimacy and relationships are looking for partners living apart whether by choice or necessity. If you would be interviewed about your experiences or would like to hear more about the project contact Shelley Budgeon on ext 34903, email

International? Get listed

If you're part of any international links or collaboration, you should be listed on the international office's database, covering everything from formal agreements and joint research to staff and student exchanges and informal contacts. The database is on campusweb, and is fully searchable.

To be listed, fill in the online form at or contact Antonia Dodds at or ext 34037

Getting the knowledge

The University is setting up a knowledge economy (KE) campus at Thorpe Park Leeds, to further the development of third arm projects. Staff are invited to introductory events, including a tour of the site and presentations on plans for the park and the KE campus. The project team are looking for departments to run events at the park, such as technology briefings, conferences or launches.

The events take place on February 27 (8.30-10.30am); March 1, 6 and 12 (12-2pm); and March 4 and 14 (4-6pm). For further information, contact Catherine Davis on ext 34924 or email

Northern dancers

Twenty-two third year dancers from Bretton Hall are touring the north of England with their final-year group performances.

The show includes: Trip-switch, choreographed by former Bretton student Kevin Finnan, now of the Motionhouse Dance Theatre; and barr bodies, choreographed by the V-TOL Dance Company's Lisa Spackman. The tour has been put together by students, from the set and lighting design, to stage and tour management.

The show is at Wakefield's Powerhouse 1 theatre on February 21, 22 and 23 (tickets 01924 832069) and at the Workshop theatre on February 26 (01924 832203), where entry is free. The tour also goes to Liverpool, Oldham and other venues in Leeds.

Memorial service

There will be a memorial service for Emeritus Professor Allin Goldsworthy of the school of mathematics on Thursday 14 March at 13.00, at Emmanuel Church. Light refreshments will follow the service. For further details, contact Georgina Eckles on ext 35101.

Classical fundraising

Leeds University symphony orchestra will perform Holst's The Planets at Leeds town hall, to raise money for the newly formed Cancer Research UK.

The group of 80 students is conducted by fourth year Michael Young. The town hall performance will also include Walton's Imperial Overture and Grieg's Piano Concerto.

Tickets for the concert at 7.30pm on Friday 15 March are available from the town hall box office (0113 224 3801) and, in the week before the concert, from the Student Union. For more information contact Pauline Trusselle, email

The Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, which has many staff and student members is performing Mendelssohn's Symphony No.2 (Hymn of Praise) and Puccini's Messa di Gloria on March 2, at 7.30 pm also in the town hall. Tickets 7.50 on 0113 224 3801/2.

Helping the heart

If you have a flair for public speaking, and want to help a local heart charity, the National Heart Research Fund needs people to talk to schools and other groups about how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Full training will be given. If you are interested, contact Hector or Richard on 0113 297 6204 or email

Banking while you work

If you never find time to get to the bank, you might be interested in a service offered by Yorkshire Bank. Bank personnel will come and see University staff on or off campus during working hours, to review and manage your current accounts, loans and other finances and give you a free financial healthcheck. The agreement with the University also includes preferential rates on some of the bank's products. To make an appointment, call 0113 274 530.

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