Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Roger Hiorns' Seizure acquired by Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park has acquired an important contemporary sculpture Seizure by Turner Prize nominated artist Roger Hiorns.

The piece, which was acquired with help of Arts Council England, was created when Hiorns pumped 75,000 litres of copper sulphate solution into a Southwark council flat.

The result was a strangely beautiful and menacing crystalline growth that covered the floor, walls and ceiling of the abandoned home.

Image courtesy YSP. 

Seizure will be on display in the Bothy Garden from June 15.


Saturday, 25 May 2013

Saltaire Arts Trail now into its seventh year

 by Jon Cronshaw 

Now in its seventh year, the Saltaire Arts Trail brings the village to life as thousands of people come to see craft fairs, art exhibitions and displays in open houses.

It grew out of September’s annual Saltaire Festival which brings together many different art forms including music, performance and food. Because so many of Saltaire Festival’s visitors were drawn specifically to the visual arts on display, a decision was made to launch the Saltaire Arts Trail. And in 2011 the Arts Trail broke off from the festival and moved to May.

Since its inception, the Arts Trail has been run by a dedicated team of volunteers, who have worked hard over the year to make the event on a par with the well-funded galleries and events around Yorkshire. What makes it stand out, however, is that it is run by the local community in Saltaire.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Forms and functions - an interview with Haroon Mirza

by Jon Cronshaw

Former Northern Art Prize winner Haroon Mirza’s new installation is about to be unveiled at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Artist Haroon Mirza’s latest exhibition, which goes on display this month, takes inspiration from its host gallery.

Utilising the adjacent River Calder to create a unique audio composition, the new installation of light, sound and found objects uses The Hepworth Wakefield’s art collection as materials for his own work.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Hepworth to open new gallery

The Hepworth Wakefield celebrates its second birthday with the announcement of a new 600 square metre contemporary art space that will open this later this summer.

The new space is located in an adjacent 19th century mill and continues the culturally-led regeneration of Wakefield Waterfront.

Caddies Wainwright Mill

The space's first exhibition will be Turner Prize-nominated artist, Roger Hiorns who will exhibit his entire body of Youth works for the first time.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

In Cloud Country - Interview with Iwona Blazwick and Diane Howse

by Jon Cronshaw

In recent years the reputation of art inspired by nature has taken something of a battering – especially if it has a tendency towards abstraction.

There is so much kitschy and inoffensive art littering the walls of hotel rooms and coffee shops that the idea of an exhibition focusing on the abstraction in nature is one that is easy to dismiss.

But the latest exhibition at Harewood House sees curators Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, and Countess of Harewood, Diane Howse, take a daring approach to the genre.

Diane Howse (left) and Iwona Blazwick (right). Picture by Bethany Clark.

In Cloud Country is an exhibition that doesn’t just capture your imagination – it teases and prods it, pulls at it and contorts it beyond recognition.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Theatre on the Edge - Spotlight on playwright Joanne Hartley

by Jon Cronshaw

Dogs Land, the latest work by playwright Joanne Hartley has just been performed at Stage@Leeds on May 14.

Made in collaboration with Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Dogs Land brings together the worlds of contemporary dance and experimental theatre.

“Dogs Land is about relationships and the mistakes we make in love,” explains Hartley. “There’s some spectacular choreography. It’s raw, it’s emotional, it’s beautiful. Dogs Land isn’t a piece of work that’s designed to be read – it’s a piece that is designed to be felt.”

Having been an experimental playwright for more than a decade, the 36-year-old had never worked in dance before embarking on this latest project. Daunting, perhaps, but according to Hartley also incredibly rewarding.

The Still Life of Shane Green

by Tom Swain 

What happens when an artist best known for his wood carvings is asked to put together an exhibition of hanging art for a local gallery? Tom Swain speaks to Shane Green to discuss the proposition.

Shane Green is an art teacher at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, but is probably better known for his substantial wood carvings that can be seen all over the Chevin. He is described by some as a local legend, but a collection of brand new artwork is something a bit different.

For the month of May, Shane is displaying his new collection at The Old Grammar School Gallery in Otley.

The collection is made up of paintings created specifically for the exhibition, entitled The Still Life and Other Stories, and features abstract, cubist and colourist influences.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Hans Josephsohn gets large outdoor showing in Yorkshire

by Jon Cronshaw

Since his death in August 2012, Hans Josephsohn's reputation as an artist has continued to grow, and with his latest exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, his legacy as one of Switzerland’s most important modern sculptors will surely be cemented.

Born in the East Prussian town of Königsberg in 1920, Josephsohn was an unusual artist who dedicated his career to producing intimate sculptures of people who he loved and cared about.

Josephsohn left home at the age of 17 to study art in Florence. This would be the last time he ever saw his family, who ended their lives in the Nazi death camps, a fate which inevitably had a profound effect on his work.

Hans Josephsohn (1920-2012)

Clare Lilley, head curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, explains: “His work is very sensuous and there’s an incredible intimacy in the work. But there is also an inherent sadness. For me, even before I knew anything about him, I saw this melancholy – if it touches you, it absolutely touches you.”

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Pop-up shop to celebrate zine culture in Bradford

A new pop-up zine shop is set to open on Bradford's Market Street for one week only from May 13.

Bradford Baked Zines is a week-long event that celebrates self publishing and DIY cultural activity.

Artists, musicians and zine makers will be setting up stalls selling their unique wares of self-bound books and magazines.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Temple Works: The most extreme venue in Leeds

by Jon Cronshaw

Situated in the heart of Holbeck is one of Leeds’ most intriguing buildings. Temple Works is a cultural hub that houses artists, writers and theatre groups. It is the home of all things extreme, from hosting hard-core punk festivals to acting as a set for low budget horror movies and gothic fashion shoots. And apart from Leeds Town Hall, it is the only Grade 1 listed building in the centre of Leeds. Its facade is based on the Temple of Horus, Egypt, and it once laid claim to the largest room in the world – at a staggering two acres. Yet few people in Leeds know of its existence.

Temple Works was built under the vision of industrialist John Marshall in 1838-40 as a flax mill by the architects Joseph and Ignatius Bonomi. Marshall was one of the early champions of workers’ safety and education and was concerned about the dangers inherent in running a textile mill.