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A carnival costume designer for over 3 decades, Sheila Howarth is the lead artist for Unity Carnival Arts, providing opportunities for children and young people to take part in Carnival, to practice costume making skills and learn about the heritage of Caribbean carnival.
Along with her brother Raymond Wilkes, Sheila believes in the power of the arts to inspire and engage disengaged young people. With backgrounds in education and dance, the duo has been involved in Leeds West Indian Carnival for over 40 years. As well as organising colourful costumed troupes for families and children, the duo have created numerous large scale costumes over the years for Europe’s oldest Caribbean carnival and, in 2016 their costumes creations achieved an unprecedented ‘clean sweep’ taking all four Leeds Carnival Prince, Princess, King and Queen titles.
Leeds West Indian Carnival – 2014 Design & Deliver programme young artists’ mentor; Taste of Carnival Arts family workshops; Pop Up Carnival 2014 Princess costume design; large scale costume appearances at touring Pop Up Carnivals since 2014; 2016 Yorkshire Olympians Homecoming Parade;
Leeds Inspired – I’m Carnival Happy Headdress Commission 2017
Geraldine Connor Foundation Summer School costume workshops
Leeds Dads – family workshops
Leeds City Council – commissioned to illuminate costumes for Light Night 2017 parade;