Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Yinka comes to Yorkshire!

by Jon Cronshaw

Black-winged fairies, fox-headed highwaymen sporting hand-guns and Blackberry phones, and cute aliens in colourful flying machines are among some of the weird and wonderful exhibits currently on show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
They are not sculptures in the traditional sense as Nigerian-born British artist Yinka Shonibare works with materials ranging from brightly coloured fabrics to taxidermied fox heads. 

The Turner Prize nominee’s work explores the themes of conflict, empire and identity through using African fabrics in unlikely places, from space suits to 19th Century naval uniforms. Fabric-ation brings together some of Yinka’s most well known works from the past decade, with the addition of new works commissioned especially for the exhibition.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Interview with Councillor Bernard Atha CBE

by Jon Cronshaw
Cllr. Bernard Atha
An interview with Leeds City Councillor Bernard Atha CBE (Lab, Kirkstall) about the arts and libraries in Leeds.

Interview and photograph by Jon Cronshaw (Follow: @Jon_Cronshaw on Twitter).
Arts development at Leeds City Council homepage.
Bernard Atha's profile page.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Interview with Ian Wright

by Jon Cronshaw
Ian Wright, yesterday

A Special Time and Place - Oil on Canvas
A Splash of Colour on a Grey Day - Oil on Canvas
New York Sunset - Oil on Canvas
Autumn Moor - Oil on Canvas
Marsh at Sunset - Oil on Canvas
Interview with Leeds-based painter, Ian Wright. Interview and photograph by Jon Cronshaw. All artwork by Ian Wright.
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Sunday, 10 February 2013

'Sorry, we can't allow dogs in the gallery': art galleries and the visually impaired.

by Jon Cronshaw

Art galleries are strange places to visit for a guy with a guide dog. I’m visually impaired, and have been for most of my adult life. I also love the visual arts, and for many galleries, this is a difficult notion to grasp.

I’ll admit that the visual arts isn’t necessarily the most comfortable realm for the visually impaired. some galleries are not exactly the most considerate places to visit: darkened rooms; countless obstacles; grumpy invigilators; poorly-lit artworks; and trip wires surrounding paintings are just a few of the issues that a guy like me has to overcome on a gallery visit.

My guide dog, Watson.

There are of course some instances where dark lighting and sporadic composition is necessary for the integrity of a particular work or installation.