Leeds 2023 are delighted to announce that Taneesha Ahmed, another talented Leeds-based producer, will be joining our team to take up the post of Producer for Community, Collaborations and Partnerships. She brings with her a wide range of experience in community engagement and participation which will be an important strand in Leeds’ landmark year of culture.
Taneesha joins us from The Tetley, where she has spent the last two years as the Head of Participation as well as heading up the gallery’s award-winning engagement programme. With more than twelve years’ experience in the visual arts sector, Taneesha has extensive skills in programming and supporting the region’s cultural sector and creative community, both in Leeds and across the country more widely.
Taneesha graduated with a First Class bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Leeds before going on to complete a Masters in curating from Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Making sure the cultural offer in the city is accessible to local communities in Leeds has been a huge part of Taneesha’s work. In her time at The Tetley, Taneesha developed a pilot digital international project with Karachi Biennale working with children in Leeds and Pakistan, collectively imagining libraries of the future, in response to Madiha Aijaz’s ‘These Silences Are All the Words’ exhibition.
In 2019 she worked on a Co-Op Foundation funded social prescription project in partnership with Leeds-based charity Women’s Health Matters to combat isolation and loneliness in young mums. In consultation with the young women, they co-created a programme that encouraged them to take part in creative sessions with their child and become confident in designing their own messy play sessions.
Most recently, Taneesha has worked as a part of a consortium alongside a Nigerian artist and fashion designer based in Lagos to create a participatory, socially engaged programme of activity to connect with the West African and Nigerian communities in Leeds. She has also worked with Pyramid of Arts, an organisation made up of artists with and without learning disabilities, and also Arts and Minds Network, an organisation which uses creativity to stimulate mental wellbeing.
In her new role with us, Taneesha will develop and deliver participatory and creative learning activities and programmes that will connect with people in every corner of Leeds. Taneesha’s work will be embedded in our communities, where she’ll help to support and amplify the creative skills and ambition of local people.
Taneesha comments, “This is such a unique and exciting opportunity to work closely with local people to make Leeds 2023 a memorable year that the city can be proud of. I’ll be doing as much as possible virtually until it’s safe to get out into the community and chat to people in every corner of the city, ensuring that the final Leeds 2023 programme is brimming with original ideas that show just how vibrant and unparalleled culture is here. I can’t wait to get stuck in!”
Welcome on board, Taneesha!