All That Lives

Part 7 is a Day of The Dead celebration and wake to The Grief Series. 

In the lead up to the celebration Ellie is establishing links between artists and communities in Yorkshire and Mexico City. In collaboration with The Faro De Oriente, Mexico City we are building community shrines called Ofrendas. 

To celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico, people build ‘Ofrendas’ to remember friends, family and people of significance. Ofrendas are brightly coloured displays including tables filled with photographs, flowers, candles, food and significant objects. They are a central part of celebrating those we have loved and lost, from close family to our heroes from music or sport. We have been gifted a ‘mobile ofrenda kit’ hand made by artists at The Faro De Oriente to use with communities in Yorkshire. Through this project we are creating new remembrance rituals in the UK and considering how cultures might mingle to create and aesthetic that is the ‘art baby’ of the two cultures. 

You can check out the part 7 activity here: 

All That Lives, Feasts

Bradford -Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd May,  12 - 6pm. FREE.For location and activities see Theatre in The Mill website 
Leeds - Monday 6 - Friday 10 May, 10am - 6pm daily (except Wednesday 8th) in the Merrion Centre (Unit 6). FREE.

Uniting Leeds and Mexico for a food and art-based celebration of those loved and lost.

We invite you to join us and acclaimed artists from Mexico’s The Faro De Oriente for a feast and a sneak-peek at their latest collaboration.

The feast is the culmination of a two-week residency where artists from Bradford, Leeds and Mexico City have been working collaboratively with communities to remember those we have loved and lost, from heroes like David Bowie to legends like your nan. You can add to the artwork by bringing along a photo of someone you’ve lost, and there are crafting activities for those of you that want to have a go. Equally, feel free to sit back and immerse yourself in a little patch of Mexico.

Part of Leeds International Festival.

Friday 10 May, 6.30 - 8.30pm in the Merrion Centre (Unit 6). £15/£10 + booking fee

As part of our residency in the Merrion Centre, we'd like you to join us for dinner. Raise a glass of Mezcal, eat a menu that combines the best of Leeds and Mexico and see the brightly coloured sculptures the artists have created with people from across Yorkshire.

Bringing Day of the Dead colour and music to Leeds, whatever the weather, this meal is a chance to eat great food, chat to international artists and celebrate.

Book tickets for the Feast.

For any interview requests or marketing/press requests for images and more information on any of our forthcoming events please email:

The exchange project began In Autumn 2017 when Ellie took ateam of six Yorkshire artists to Mexico City to experience Day Of The Dead and form collaborations. We then held an international conference on death and remembrance at Live Art Bistro in Leeds in Spring 2018 with a keynote presentation by Mexican Film Maker Vlady Diaz, Ethnographer Dr. Anni Raw and Ellie Harrison. This initial exchange forms the foundation of our ongoing collaboration with artists in Mexico. You can see all the photographs on our Facebook page.