Sunday, 4 May 2014

Black Dogs celebrates ten years

Leeds art collective Black Dogs will be celebrating its tenth anniversary at The New Bradford Playhouse on Saturday, May 24.

The party is an opportunity to bring together the numerous artists, musicians, performers and creative people that have been involved in the collective over the last decade.

Taking place as part of the city-wide free music and art festival Bradford Threadfest, there will be live music from Japan’s Nisennenmondai, Nottingham’s Rattle, Snack Family from London and Polymitas – a live film and improvised music collaboration from Berlin and Bradford.

Further entertainment includes films, performances, games, music and installations; all devised in response to the question ‘What’s Your Favourite Idea?’

Black Dogs member Yvonne Carmichael said: “We wanted a fun, positive and open question as a way of getting people involved, and also something that will reflect the shared, diverse and sometimes conflicting vision of those that have contributed to Black Dogs over the years.

“We also want to hear from people who are new to Black Dogs, for them to tell us what their favourite idea is.”

The Black Dogs ‘What’s Your Favourite Idea?’ party takes at The New Bradford Playhouse, 4 Chapel Street, Little Germany, Bradford on Saturday May 24th from 8pm.
If you want to offer Black Dogs a response to the question ‘What’s Your Favourite Idea?’ please send it in an email to

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Lecture examines sculptural qualities of silverware

A free lecture on the sculptural qualities of silverware will be given at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, on May 12.

Delivered by James Lomax, a retired curator at Temple Newsam House, the lecture will look at some of Leeds Art Fund’s recent acquisitions in silver including Lord Raby's massive wine cooler; Pierpont Morgan's Elizabethan cup; the James Wyatt ewers and the rococo shell basket.

Their three-dimensional ambitions reflect some of the same qualities of design and craftsmanship found in the work of sculptors and architects.

Silver as Sculpture will take place at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, May 12 from 6pm.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Modern Christian art to go on show at the Brontë Parsonage

A new exhibition of 10 works from the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art will be held at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, from May 2.

Artists and Faith has been curated by Leeds University Research Associate Nick Cass and will bring together works by modern British artists Patrick Heron, Graham Sutherland, Elizabeth Frink and Maggie Hambling.

This will be the first time work from this collection has been shown in an historic literary house setting.

The exhibition raises questions about spirituality and social conscience and explores the connections between the Brontës and Methodism.

Professor Ann Sumner, executive director of The Brontë Society said: “This summer our visitors will have the opportunity to view these outstanding paintings by major modern British artists from this little known collection, within the unique setting of the Parsonage.

“We are delighted to be working with the Methodist Church in partnership for this exhibition as well as the University of Leeds."

This exhibition is part of Art in Yorkshire 2014 and The Brontë Society’s programme to celebrate 120 years since it was founded throughout 2014.


Artists of Faith will be on display at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, from May 2 to July 30.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Rachel Adams set to move in to The Tetley

The work of artist Rachel Adams will be on display at The Tetley, Leeds, from May 12.

Expanding upon her interest in modernist furniture design, How to Live in a Flat displays a series of new sculptural works which examine the motifs and contradictions of the highly functional furniture design of the 1930s, the era from which The Tetley building dates.

Adams will return to the exhibition at weekends throughout the project to rearrange the show, adding and removing artworks from the display.

Guest artists will also be invited by Adams to re-design, animate and live in the exhibition space over the course of the project.

How to Live in a Flat will be on display at The Tetley from May 12 to June 15.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Yorkshire Sculpture Park up for top museum prize

Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been announced as one of six finalists for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014.

2013 was Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s busiest year to date with exhibitions by acclaimed artists, such as Yinka Shonibare, Amar Kanwar and Hans Josephsohn attracting 350,000 visitors.

The year also marked the momentous opening of Roger Hiorns’ Seizure.

Peter Murray CBE, Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s executive director, said: “We are more than delighted to be recognised as one of the best museums and galleries in this country.

"It is a great testament to the commitment and determination of everyone who has worked hard to help establish our international reputation.

“We are up against some really strong competition, but we are confident that what we have at YSP is rare, providing an unparalleled experience for our visitors, which makes us a serious contender.”

The six finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges chaired by Art Fund director, Stephen Deuchar.

The judges are: Sally Bacon, director of the Clore Duffield Foundation; Michael Craig-Martin RA, artist; Wim Pijbes director of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; and Anna Somers Cocks, chief executive of The Art Newspaper.

Stephen Deuchar, chair of the judges, said: “2013 was a strong year, by any standards, for UK museums and it was no easy task to select a shortlist of six from an extraordinary body of applications.

"It is almost as if imaginative and innovative curatorship, combined with the highest standards of presentation, is no longer the exception but the rule.

"No wonder that the international reputation of UK museums is riding so high, and we’re delighted that the Museum of the Year will salute this through both the process of the competition and, of course, the £100,000 Prize.”

The six finalist museums are: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex; Hayward Gallery, London; The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; Tate Britain, London; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the National Gallery in London on July 9.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Artists seek funds to kickstart new project

Two Leeds-based artists are seeking help to make a proposed artistic project a reality.

Curio•sea•ty is an artistic collaboration between Lorna Barrowclough and Hondartza Fraga and explores our relationships with the sea

The notions of the sea's identity, distance, survival and physicality of the sea will be used as the framework on which to question common associations with the sea and its role in cultural imagination.

The project will start in May and will culminate in an art exhibition at East Street Arts Project Space in 2015.

Hondartza said: “Through our conversations we have realised that there are overlapping interests but also contradictions, challenges and tensions in our works.

“These contrasts will feed each other's work and help our practices develop further.”

You can support this project by visiting the Kickstarter page before April 26.


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Perry tapestries all in the best possible taste

Six tapestries by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry will be shown at Temple Newsam House, Leeds.

The Vanity of Small Differences will be displayed from August 23 to December 7 before the exhibition goes on an international tour supported by the British Council.

The Vanity of Small Differences tells a story of twenty-first century social mobility through the fictional character, Tim Rakewell.

Created during the BAFTA winning Channel 4 documentary series All in the Best Possible Taste, they explore Perry’s fascination with British taste and tell a story of class mobility.

Perry’s tapestries make direct reference to the A Rake’s Progress series of painting by William Hogarth (1697-1764), the work of Hogarth has long been an influence on Perry’s work.

The eight paintings in Hogarth’s series tell the story of Tom Rakewell, a young man who inherits a fortune from his father and who thenceforth goes on to squander his inheritance on fashionable pursuits.

The tapestries will hang in 6 adjoining rooms alongside fine art, furniture, wallpaper, ceramics and bed hangings from the 19th century.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Solar Lice to debut at The Calder

This Easter, a collaborative group of artists and musicians Solar Lice will make its UK institutional debut with a new exhibition entitled Haggard Caravan at The Hepworth, Wakefield.

The installation opens on Good Friday, April 18 at The Calder, The Hepworth’s new 600sqm space for contemporary art.

Co-commissioned with The Modern Institute and part of the Glasgow International Festival 2014, the exhibition features sculpture, installation, performance, music and video, building on the collaborative practice the Swiss American group first explored in Drip Event, an expansive sculpture and sound installation at The Power Station, Dallas, Texas, in 2013.

Taking direct inspiration from The Calder’s industrial heritage, riverside setting and anecdotal histories, the collective will be constructing the immersive installation and preparing for the opening night performance at The Calder.

Haggard Caravan runs from April 19 to June 1 at The Calder.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Tetley set for Down Time

A new exhibition of sculpture, film and performance works by artist Ben Cain will shown at The Tetley, Leeds, from April 11.

Part of A New Reality: Part 2, the exhibition explores ideas around what ‘work’ is or has become by utilising work-related paraphernalia from the past.

The exhibition features two sculptural installations in the first floor Atrium and gallery spaces and will be replaced and be added to over the course of the project.

The project incorporates a series of events exploring these themes.

Down Time will be exhibited at The Tetley, Leeds, from April 11 to June 15.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Acclaimed illustrator set for Leeds exhibition

California-based painter and illustrator will be exhibiting his work at Leeds College of Art from April 11.

Originally from San Diego, Deth studied for two years at San Francisco State University, transferring to the California College of Arts and Crafts, now the California College of the Arts, where he received his BFA in painting and drawing in 2002.

He has exhibited his work throughout the US and abroad and has contributed artwork to (among other things): Chronicle Books, Giant Robot, Tiny Showcase, Urban Outfitters, Fantagraphics, 826, Poketo, Park Life, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The LA Weekly, and Nylon Magazine.

Deth P Sun’s work will be on display at Leeds College of Art from April 11 to May 9