Saturday, 21 September 2013

The Hepworth Wakefield appoints new chief

The Hepworth Wakefield has appointed Andrew Bonacina as its new chief curator and will play a lead role in the artistic programming of the gallery.

As the former curator of International Project Space in Birmingham, Andrew built on his reputation for working with artists at a pivotal stage in their careers including Andrea B├╝ttner, Cally Spooner, Laure Prouvost and Redmond Entwistle.


As director and founder of the non-profit curatorial organisation The Island, he curated projects at The Clocktower Gallery in New York, Whitstable Biennial 2012 and Art Dubai Special Projects (UAE).

Andrew Bonacina said: “In only two years The Hepworth Wakefield has firmly established itself as one of the most significant new galleries in the UK.

“I’m delighted to be joining the team at this exciting moment and look forward to working on its increasingly ambitious programme of historical and contemporary exhibitions.”

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield said: “I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to the team at this exciting time with the gallery expanding its existing offer with the opening of The Calder and the further development of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle.

“The exhibitions and events programme in our new contemporary art space will provide even more opportunities for creative collaborations and to engage with a wider audience. Andrew’s expertise will contribute significantly to helping us to realise this.”

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Sculpted benches on Yearsley Moor - an interview with Jonathan Newdick

by Jon Cronshaw

From his cat statues that prowl York’s rooftops, to his Lady of the Lake carved from a fallen tree in Kirby Sigston, Jonathan Newdick’s contribution to Yorkshire’s landscape has been impressive.

Over the past three decades Newdick has carved a reputation for being one of the region’s finest sculptors.

The York-based artist was recently commissioned by North York Moors National Park to produce five carved benches which take their inspiration from the rich history of Yearsley Moor.


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Friday, 6 September 2013

Leeds bids farewell to Cygan


by Jon Cronshaw

A campaign to buy the 1950s robot Cygan for Leeds was unsuccessful yesterday when the robot fetched £17,500 at auction.


The campaign to buy the robot was organised by the group Playful Leeds who are launching a year-long series of creative events under the banner March of the Robots.


Cygan, nicknamed Mr Moto, was a fixture in Leeds during the early-1970s when the robot was displayed outside of a Ford dealership in the city.

Playful Leeds raised £7,179 from 117 separate pledges to try and buy Cygan for the city, but were outbid on the day by a private collector in the UK.

But all is not lost. Playful Leeds will be building a 'robot for Leeds' in 2014.

Emma Bearman, chief of play at Playful Leeds, said: “The whole thing has been such a fantastic story so we're not too disappointed that we didn't get him. I think the disappointment will come if we don't find out who the new owner is.

“We really want to invite them to Leeds and keep up with what Cygan is doing.

“The BBC said 'Leeds loses Cygan bid, and I think that it's misleading to put in those terms because it sounds like a failure.

“What it's shown is that there's an appetite in the community to make stuff happen.

“In April we want to build our own robot for Leeds. We want to find out from people what it should look and feel like, what it should do,” added Emma.

Cygan the robot was created in the 1950s by Italian engineer Dr Ing Fiorito.

The robot could walk, turn and lift objects, but has long been deactivated.

Cygan was owned by a private collector from the late-70s until it was sold at Christie's yesterday.