Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Art in Twelve Parts at Leeds Met MA Art & Design Show

A knitting installation and a photography series exploring the theme of fantasy are just two of the innovative student artworks set to be unveiled at Leeds Metropolitan University.

The MA Art & Design Show entitled Art in Twelve Parts, is being held at the University’s City Campus, on the first and second floor of Broadcasting Place’s B Building. The event launch will be open to the public from 6pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 28 August and will run until Saturday 31 August between 11am-4pm each day.

Projects to be displayed include Electroknit by student Elizabeth Chadwick, which is an installation about the hacking of an electronic knitting machine made in the late 1980’s. The idea promotes the importance of knowledge, self-cultivation and self-expression through the medium of textiles. Another project which consists of a collection of objects, put together by student Tracey Means, will be interactive as the public are invited to add further objects to the installation.

Student Marianne Springham, who designed the event publication, commented: “We have an incredible mixture of art in this MA show, which has been curated by both students and staff and is split into 12 parts: eleven students exhibiting, eight graduating students and three year one students. The twelfth person referred to in the title - Art in Twelve Parts - references our collaborative projects, including a project in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery and a trip to London where we visited artist Simon Tyszko’s home-based installation.”

Course Leader Peter Lewis, added: “The MA Show at Leeds Met annually presents works made over the course of one or two years. These are the result of thematic, curatorial projects, engaging the public with artists and critics outside the University. The show itself is one aspect of the overall commitment of the students in their theoretical and practical undertaking inside the university, giving the group the opportunity to organise and install works at the high level demanded of a professional exhibition.”

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

New artspace opens in Mirfield

A new art gallery and artists' studios has opened this week in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

Based in the former Vale Cinema in the centre of Mirfield, The Creative Arts Hub offers studio space for up to fifteen artists and a gallery space displaying regular exhibitions.

The not-for-profit organisation was set up by artistic director Mark Milnes, who founded the organisation to support artists in the development and creation of new artwork.

The Hub's inaugural exhibition runs until September 15, and showcases the work of artists participating in the local open studio trail.


Monday, 12 August 2013

Sweet delights at the Henry Moore Institute

by Jon Cronshaw

Thousands of boiled sweets and floating silver balloons sound like the perfect addition to any ten-year-old’s birthday party, but these objects are currently on display at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, alongside ancient Chinese jades, a lump of asphalt and a tiny indoor garden.

Indifferent Matter: From Object to Sculpture takes its name from the idea that objects become meaningful through the ways people interact with them – from the names they are given to the functions they perform.

“The exhibition title refers to the idea that these objects remain the same however they are labelled,” says Pavel Pyś, displays and exhibitions curator at the Henry Moore Institute. “They can be given a name and they are indifferent to it – it doesn’t change their properties. The objects are indifferent to the meanings we give them.”