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

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Gego's first solo exhibition to be shown in Leeds

From July to October, four of the Henry Moore Institute's galleries will be dedicated to the work of Gego (1912-94), an artist who faithfully explored the possibilities of the line as an object.

Gego. Line as Object investigates the artist's engagement with the problems of form and space, using light, shadow, scale and gravity in a constant process of discovery.

This first UK solo presentation of Gego underlines her visionary approach to sculpture, a terminology that she refused to use for her own work.

Gego was interested in the limitless possibilities of growth of the line. The Gego Foundation in Caracas, where research for this exhibition was conducted, holds the artist's book collection that includes an annotated copy of D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's On Growth and Form (1917), a book that has lodged itself within the consciousness of twentieth-century sculpture and that is the subject of our concurrent Gallery 4 exhibition.

Gego: Line as Object will be on display at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, from July 24 to October 19.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Work of Martin Froy set for Leeds exhibition

The work of Martin Froy will be examined at forthcoming exhibition at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, from May 7.

In the 1950s, the University of Leeds introduced its innovative Gregory Fellowships in poetry, fine art and music - the first artist-in-residence programme of its kind at a UK university.

Martin Froy was its first Gregory Fellow in Painting between 1951 and 1954, selected by an advisory committee which included T.S. Eliot, Hebert Read, Henry Moore and Professor Bonamy Dobrée.

Sixty years after Froy completed his Fellowship in Leeds, the University has invited him back to showcase his artwork of the 1950s which so captivated the first Gregory Fellowship Advisory Committee, and also to explore how the Leeds residency affected his later practice.

The exhibition will celebrate the contribution Froy made to British post-war figurative painting, in a tradition led by contemporaries such as Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud.

Martin Froy and the Figurative Tradition will be on display from May 7 to August 2.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Yorkshire Festival starts today

The first ever Yorkshire Festival is set to get underway today as the official countdown to the Tour de France begins.

Yorkshire Festival 2014 will be officially launched at Welcome to Yorkshire’s Y14 in Harrogate and at Le Grand Départ 100 Days Dinner at Ripon Cathedral on Thursday March 27.

There, more than 2,000 guests will be given a flavour of the festival which will tap into Yorkshire’s rich cultural talents.

Events in Calderdale will include the first major outdoor commission will be The Grand Departs on April 5, an epic musical and cycling challenge to pull a grand piano by bicycle up Cragg Vale.

Fifteen musicians will play specially composed ‘Piano Cycle’ by Dave Nelson while the piano is pulled by Andy Plant’s new invention The PianoPorté. The event is organised by Hebden Bridge Piano Festival and Imove.

There will also be the Fields of Vision project, showing art visible from the sky to show the world the beauty of the South Pennines.

The Fantastical Cycle Parade will be a glorious ride through the streets of Todmorden on April 26 with bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, scooters, prams and wheelchairs.

Bicycle with Barefoot will feature original Asian dance theatre with live music, drumming, visual arts and storytelling at Eureka on June 28.

Coun Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, which has co-ordinated local authority support for the festival said: “There is a wonderfully diverse range of events across Yorkshire during the 100 days.

“This is our chance to show the world some examples of the creative spirit of our region – but at the same time, gives us all a chance to enjoy the build of excitement across Yorkshire throughout the 100 days leading up to the Tour de France.

“Our council has been delighted to have the chance to coordinate support for the festival and we know thousands of people are going to enjoy taking part.”

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Controversial First World War memorial to go on display at Hepworth

For the first time in nearly 20 years a First World War memorial frieze No Man’s Land, 1919-20 by Yorkshire artist Charles Sargeant Jagger will be displayed.

The low relief presents a stark vision of trench warfare and will feature in a new exhibition by contemporary artist Toby Ziegler, to open at The Hepworth Wakefield in September, as part of this year’s First World War centenary commemorations.

Since appearing in the large-scale retrospective War and Peace Sculpture in 1985 at the Imperial War Museum in London, this extraordinary work has remained behind closed doors, awaiting conservation.

It will now take centre stage to launch The Hepworth Wakefield’s major new fundraising campaign – I’m Yours.

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield said: “The former Wakefield Art Gallery acquired Jagger’s original plaster frieze through publicly raised funds in 1936.

“Nearly 80 years later, as part of memorialising the centenary of World war One, we hope the public will again choose to support this pivotal powerful work and pledge funds towards our vital programme of conservation and digitisation of the collection. Until June 2015,

“The Hepworth Wakefield can double the value of all new donations it receives through the Arts Council England, Catalyst Arts funding programme.

“There has never been a better time to donate and make your valuable support go so much further in helping us protect and grow our inspirational collection for future generations to benefit from.”

Frances Guy, Head of Collections and Exhibitions added: “Charles Sargeant Jagger was one of Britain’s foremost war memorial sculptors and this frieze is indicative of the world-class collection we have here in Wakefield.

“ The former Wakefield Art Gallery adopted an ambitious collecting policy to nurture a wide public understanding of contemporary art. The collection comprises works by the leading artists of the time, who have since become synonymous with shaping Modern British art.

“They featured in an ambitious exhibitions programme and I’m Yours will help The Hepworth Wakefield to continue this vision to provide our visitors with the experience of an outstanding art collection that is central to what we display here and to all our learning programmes.”

During his short lifetime, Yorkshire-born Charles Sargeant Jagger (b.1885 Kilnhurst, near Rotherham) was celebrated for the war memorial commissions he produced following his active service in the First World War.

Many of his most famous works are in London, including the recently restored Royal Artillery Memorial, 1921-5 at Hyde Park Corner and the Great Western Railway War Memorial, 1922 in Paddington Railway Station. Charles Sargeant Jagger referred to this frieze as the best example of his wartime work.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Halifax pupils' work on display at London gallery

Two Halifax photography students have had their work displayed at a central London art gallery.

North Halifax Grammar School sixth formers Anna Taylor and Jack Chamberlain have photographs in the Strand Gallery having been highly commended in a national competition.

Both students entered photos of Halifax people in response to the theme ‘Where do I Belong?’ in a contest run by the Economic and Social Research Council.

There were over 2000 entrants from 332 schools across the UK.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Film made in West Yorkshire to be shown at Bradford film festival

by Jon Cronshaw

After 20 years working as an actor, Francis Lee stepped to the other side of the camera to become a director.

He grew up on his family’s farm in Soyland near Halifax and it is the people and places around West Yorkshire that have become the inspiration for his films.

“All the stories I’m interested in telling are all within the Halifax area,” says Francis

“It’s the landscape and the people that inspire me - I love that you get the really harsh moorland on the tops and in the valley there’s this post-industrial town - that makes it very cinematic and provides a great backdrop to the people who live there.

“I guess I’m always reminded of the people I knew and met growing up, and I just want to write about them really.”

His latest short film Bradford Halifax London will be screened at Bradford International Film Festival later this month.

“I’m incredibly thrilled that the film was selected for Bradford International Film Festival,” he says.

“I’m really looking forward to watching the film alongside an audience who will recognise the strong Yorkshire characters and places.”

The film tells the story of a Halifax family travelling on the Grand Central train to London.

Shot in one take, Francis hopes that the film offers a tiny glimpse into real family life.

“I was interested in looking at what it means to be a part of a family,” says Francis.

“I travel on that Grand Central train between London and Yorkshire all the time, and I’ve been really fascinated just watching the dynamics of families - how they get on, how they interact with each other, the conversations they have - it’s quite voyeuristic in a way.”

Halifax Bradford London has been screened at film festivals across the world, and has received critical acclaim and awards.

“It’s quite unusual for someone to progress so swiftly and have so much recognition as I have - it’s not something I take for granted,” says Francis.

“It’s wonderful to go to places like Palm Springs or Park City in Utah and see a whole load of Americans watch a film shot in Yorkshire - it’s brilliant, it’s really exciting.

“The Americans have responded really well to it - they really love the humour, the tone and they really love the way it looks.

“It’s very satisfying, if not a little bit surreal,” he says.

His first film, The Farmer’s Wife, tells the story of a widowed farmer’s wife who is forced to leave the land where she spent her adult life.

For Francis, his own experience of leaving his family farm to attend drama school fed into the telling of the story.

“I thought a lot about the landscape of my youth and what it felt like to leave that when I moved to London and the pull that land has always had for me.”

Indeed, his forthcoming feature film In God’s Country draws from the same well.

The film tells the story of a 22-year-old lad called Johnny who takes up the running of his family farm while his friends move away for jobs and university.

“With God’s Own Country, I suppose I’m asking what it would have been like if I’d have stayed and worked on the land - what my life would have been like.

“What does it feel like to be so geographically and socially isolated?

“It’s about his duty to the land and duty to his family.

“When it comes to all work, the starting point is always to do with me - something I’m thinking about, something I’m trying to investigate.”

The transition from acting to film-making was not a simple one, through all the acclaim and awards, it’s a career that is very difficult to get off the ground.

“The biggest challenge has been the practical difficulties,” says Francis.

“As an actor I worked pretty regularly and earned regular money, but when decided to start making films, I stopped earning money - so that’s been quite difficult.”

Francis says much of his success as a director comes from knowing what it’s like to be an actor.

“It’s important for me that I work really closely with the actors to develop three-dimensional, authentic characters.”

Halifax Bradford London will be screened at Bradford International Film Festival before The Madness of King George on March 30.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Illustrator Frost to be shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park will be displaying a solo exhibition of work by British illustrator Tom Frost from June 21 to September 7.

The Wild Collection reflects the young artist’s passionate interest in vintage art and memorabilia – including old matchboxes, tin toys, folk art and children’s books.

For The Wild Collection, Frost has taken inspiration from Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s varied wildlife and historic landscape to create charming new works.

The Garden Gallery exhibition highlights the joy of getting out into nature, studying it, and collecting specimens to keep, enjoy and preserve.

Frost, originally from Bristol, studied Illustration at Falmouth College of Art and graduated in 2001. He lives and works in Llanboidy, South Wales.

Image courtesy of YSP.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Something different at Temple Newsam

Artist David Lyon will be exhibing new paintings, drawings and prints at The Same But Different Art Fair within the walled gardens of Temple Newsam House, Leeds, from April 12 to 13.

David's work is inspired by the shapes, symbols and ideas that surround him, and the effect that these have on his imagination.

He said: “I find that there is a different way of working for a different idea.

"I like the freedom to respond to ideas in whatever medium I think appropriate.

"I cannot work thinking I am a prisoner of style - there is too much to explore."

He draws and paints from his studio in Dock Street, Leeds centre and further work can be seen on his website

Friday, 14 March 2014

Read pays tribute to Stass Paraskos

Renowned Cypriot artist Stass Paraskos has died aged 81.

Born in Anafotia Village, Larnaca, Cyprus, in 1933, he moved to England in 1953 to study fine art.

Between 1956 and 1958 he studied at Leeds College of Art and then worked as a lecturer in the department of undergraduate studies at Leicester College of Art and at the painting department at Leeds Polytechnic.

The artist’s work forms part of several collections in Britain, including at the Tate Gallery, London, Leeds City Art Gallery, the Arts Council Collection and University of Leeds.

He founded the first contemporary art school in Cyprus in 1969 and has received international acclaim for his work.

“He was the artistic cause celebre of Leeds in the mid 1960s when he was put on trial for exhibiting 'obscene' art,” said Benedict Read, senior fellow in fine art at the University of Leeds.

“ My father [art historian Herbert Read] was his chief defence witness but they lost the case.

“He was a good friend to many in Leeds.”

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Play that explores the first months of the First World War

by Jon Cronshaw

Northern Broadsides are set to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War with Deborah McAndrew’s moving new play An August Bank Holiday Lark.

Directed by Barrie Rutter, the new production will be staged at Viaduct Theatre, Halifax, from March 11 to 15 as part of national tour.

Taking its inspiration from a line in Philip Larkin’s poem MCMXIV, An August Bank Holiday Lark explores the impact of the First World War on a rural community in East Lancashire.

Set in the idyllic summer of 1914, everyone in the community is excited about Wakes week - a rest for field and mill workers, and a celebration of the Rushbearing Festival with singing, courting, drinking and dancing.

“It’s set in a place that has one foot in industry and the other in the hills above the mills - it’s a little bit more remote, a little bit more rural,” says Deborah.

“It’s not a place where people are hardened and urban in that way - they’re a little more innocent and rooted in a deeper past. It’s at the point in history where the First World War has just started, the recruiting vans are out and the first wave of people are signing up to fight.

“It never goes to the front-line - that’s been done so well so many times, why would you do it again?

“We wanted to find stories that haven’t been told before.

“It might seem odd, but the community is sort of indifferent to the war in the first instance - in the beginning a lot them don’t see what it has to do with them,” she says.

So far, the play has been well-received by audiences and critics alike, with one Sunday newspaper awarding the production five stars.

“The audience response has been overwhelming - it’s been very positive,” says Deborah.

“There’s a lot humour and a lot of humanity in the story, but ultimately it’s about the First World War, so there are moments of sadness and poignancy - you wouldn’t be honouring that experience of those people if you made it all a big joke.”

The issue of how to represent the First World War has become a contentious issue over the past month after Education Secretary Michael Gove lambasted writers who were critical of the war.

He especially criticised the acclaimed comedy Blackadder Goes Forth for its apparent ‘leftist agenda’, claiming that the comedy spread ‘myths’ about the First World War and should not be shown in schools.

“When I heard those comments, like everyone else I just thought ‘shut up Michael’,” says Deborah.

“It’s not a simple thing - what Michael Gove cannot deny is how shocking and tragic the war was for ordinary people.

“Men of all classes, ages and backgrounds lost their lives - it’s such a huge thing and to make such simplistic statements that we should all be celebrating their bravery and nothing more is just wrong.”

Northern Broadsides’ artistic director Barrie Rutter says that the tragedy of the First World War is not something that should be ignored or glossed over in the arts.

“Michael Gove really is a book burner - he’s just crass,” says Barrie.

“The First World War was absolutely gut-wrenching. There was so much hope and jollity going into it, but of course we know better now - it’s absolutely devastating.

“August 1914 was a hopeful time. People were looking to see the world and had their sights set on far horizons - they thought they’d be home by Christmas.”

Barrie says that Michael Gove’s comments are an example among many of the coalition government’s contempt for the arts.

“The current government are book burners par excellence,” says Barrie.

“For every pound the government spend on the arts, three or four pounds is returned to the treasury - so financially, there’s no argument to make all the cuts they have been.

“What they’re doing is attacking the imagination of the country.

“They’re washing their hands of the arts. They’re making a very slow Pontius Pilate attempt to rid itself of such a drop in the ocean, but one which creates such an imaginative leap in the nation.”

An August Bank Holiday Lark will be performed at The Viaduct Theatre, Halifax, from March 11 to 15.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Exhibition inspired by Marie Antoinette

An exhibition of work by contemporary artists Dan Scott and Michelle Taylor will be on display at Harewood House, Leeds, from April 18.

Incorporating ceramics, music and sound, Yesterday will explore how objects powerfully connect us to the past.

The iconic and notorious figure of Marie Antoinette acts as a catalyst to explore this relationship.

Yesterday will be exhibited in the Terrace Gallery, Harewood House, Leeds, from April 18 to June 8.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Art and craft exhibition set for Unity Hall

An art and craft event will be taking place at Unity Hall, Wakefield, from March 7 to 9.

Artists and makers from the Wakefield area will be displaying contemporary artwork including digital, landscape, fantasy, mixed media and Jewellery on all three days with the addition of ceramics, biro illustrations and felt work on the Friday.

This event is hosted by the Gallery Arts Exhibition Group with the space provided by the Friends of Unity Hall.

Craft inspired by nature

An exhibition showcasing a variety of work inspired by the Earth will be on display at the Craft Centre, Leeds, from March 22.

Down to Earth features objects inspired by the natural world through the use of texture, colour and materials used in the creation of the collections.

A variety of environments have inspired the participating makers including coastlines, woodland, moorland and mountain ranges.

The exhibition features work by Mandy Parslow, Ben Davies, David Wright, Valerie Wartelle, Catherine Woodall and Elizabeth Terzza.

Down to Earth will be on display at the Craft Centre, Leeds, from March 22 to June 26.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Work inspired by medieval tales on show at church

Paintings by artist Lilliane Gosling will be on display at Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, from March 10.

Ancient Ritual, Ancient Tales brings together images based on ancient Indian ritual and on medieval tales of the Seven Seas and are accompanied by specially commissioned poems by Linda Marshall.

Lilliane Gosling has painted and travelled since early childhood, and has always been fascinated by world cultures and beliefs.

Since visiting the Malabar coast of India, and discovering medieval Christian and Islamic writings about long voyages, she started producing paintings on these themes.

“Each painting can take months from conception to completion,” she said.

On March 20 there will be an evening viewing from 6pm to 8pm, when artist and poet will be present.

Ancient Ritual, Ancient Tales will be on display at Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, from March 10 to March 31.


Saturday, 1 March 2014

Peter Suchin set for solo exhibition

Artist Peter Suchin will be exhibiting paintings, collages and documents at & Model gallery, Leeds, from March 6.

A Critical Contagion in the Quiet of the Night highlights a variety of Suchin’s paintings alongside other published and exhibited pieces, together with a range of notes, manuscripts, drawings and Pocket Paintings not previously shown to the public.

A further mosaic of papers, photographs and recordings document Suchin’s collaborations with other artists, critics and curators, and a number of books from his personal library of some 6,000 volumes will also be on display.

A Critical Contagion in the Quiet of the Night: Paintings, Collages, Writings, Projects, Notes will on display at & Model gallery from March 6 to April 30.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Artists' book fair hosted by The Tetley

The International Contemporary Artist Book Fair returns to Leeds for its 17th year and will be hosted by The Tetley for the first time.

The book fair is a popular fixture on Leeds’ annual art calendar and features exhibitions, talks, performances, and over 50 stalls showcasing some of the best new work being made.

Highlights include Image-Archive-Memory, an exhibition by British-Armenian artist Karen Babayan and performances by London-based dancer Shakeh Major Tchilingirian.

Stallholders at the fair will include artists and publishers from around the UK, artists participating in A New Reality at The Tetley, Leeds-based collective Spur and independent bookstore, Village.

The 17th International Contemporary Artist Book Fair will be held at The Tetley, Leeds, from March 7 to 9.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Hairstyles focus of new exhibition

A series of portraits of young women from Leeds will be on display at Gallery Munro House from February 27.

Saturday Girl examines female identity through hairstyles, and explores what they mean culturally and personally to young women.

The exhibition runs alongside a series of events exploring ideas of beauty, power and visibility in relation to women.

On March 6, there will be a one day conference, Women, Visibility and Playful Acts, featuring talks and workshops by artists and writers working in Leeds.

A large papier-mâché bra will marched from Broadcasting Place to Gallery Munro House and ignited in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8.

The bra will be built (and burnt) by Leeds Metropolitan University Graphic Arts and Design students with the help of maker Tony Wade from Faceless Company.

On March 13 there will be a screening John Water’s 1988 musical, Hairspray.

Saturday Girl will be on display at Gallery Munro House, Leeds, from February 27 to March 31.

Visit to book events.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Print exhibition that draws inspiration from hedgerows

A print exhibition exploring hedgerows will on display at the Craft Centre, Leeds, from March 1.

Shoots and Leaves brings together the work of two printmakers, Stef Mitchell and Lynn Bailey.

Stef Mitchell’s seasonal monoprints work directly with natural materials acting as recordings of walks to which viewers can easily relate.

Lynn Bailey combines several printmaking techniques in her collection including etching, collagraph, drypoint, mono print and photo etching which create an exciting and organic series of works.

Shoots and Leaves will be on display the Craft Centre, Leeds, from March 1 to June 28.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Big Bad Wolf shot in Halifax

 by Jon Cronshaw.

 A BBC production of Three Little Pigs was filmed at Victoria Theatre, Halifax, this week and featured children from schools in West Yorkshire.

Produced in collaboration with Northern Ballet, the retelling of this classic children’s story will be aired on the BBC’s channel for young children, CBeebies over Easter.

Three Little Pigs follows on from the BBC and Northern Ballet’s award-winning production of The Ugly Duckling from last year.

CBeebies star Ben Faulks, who plays Mr Bloom in Three Little Pigs, said: “It’s been brilliant. The kids have been fantastic - they really bring the story to life.”

Mr Bloom helps the pigs to build the best house to protect them from the Big Bad Wolf.

Last year, the crew filmed The Ugly Duckling at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre, continuing support for the region’s theatres.

Ben said: “The Victoria Theatre is a fantastic space - it’s very ornate and it’s been a fantastic experience filming here.”

Ben is best known for his role on the popular CBeebies show Mr Bloom’s Nursery which teaches children that fruit and vegetables can be fun.

Working with Northern Ballet has given been an inspiring process for Ben, he said: “They’re amazing dancers, so it’s been great to watch them in their element.

“The Ugly Duckling was very successful, and this one has been great, so I imagine that a third production would be great.”

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Yorkshire Sculpture Park appoints new chair

The Trustees of Yorkshire Sculpture Park have elected Greville Worthington as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Worthington brings a wealth of experience from the world of business and the arts.

A writer, art collector and curator, he has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the UK with projects including Tim Walker: Dreamscapes at the Bowes Museum (2013), Black Bronze: White Slaves, The Sculpture of Keith Coventry at The New Art Centre, Salisbury (2012), and a solo show by Roger Hiorns at the Church of Saint Paulinus, Richmond (2007).

Essays and contributions to catalogues include Damien Hirst Print Maker (published by Bowes Museum, 2010), Sculpture in 20th Century Britain (published by the Henry Moore Institute, 2006), and Here & Now: Experiences in Sculpture (published by the Henry Moore Institute, 1999).

He was until recently a Trustee of the Henry Moore Foundation.

Other board and advisory roles include the Acquisitions Committee of The Patrons of New Art at Tate where he has been a member since 1995 and the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art where he has been a member of the trading board since 2012.

In 2004 he was invited by Tate to be a judge for the prestigious Turner Prize.

Image courtesy of YSP

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Archive photos to be displayed at Henry Moore Institute

An exhibition which looks at the relationship between photographs and sculpture will be on display at the Henry Moore Institute from March 30.

Photographing Sculpture: How the Image Moves the Object shows the importance of photography to the study of sculpture, and features eighty images, from late nineteenth century prints to present day photographs drawn from the archive at the Henry Moore Institute.

Photographing Sculpture demonstrates the importance of photography both in making sculpture visible and in determining the way it is presented to the world.

Some photographs in the exhibition visualise the physical movement of objects, documenting monumental statues on their journey from the studio to the pedestal, installations in various different configurations and performance pieces in progress, in which the repositioning of body and object is intrinsic to the work. F

Other photographs create the illusion of movement, presenting a work from all angles or staging it to emphasise a dynamic arrangement or to bring a work to life.

There are examples of portrait busts posed humorously with real people and of small scale figure and animal sculptures placed in outdoor environments, to make them appear life size and part of the real world.

Further series of photographs record the same sculpture in different locations and contrasting environments, exploring the relationship between context and perception.

Across all categories, the exhibition displays both carefully arranged shots, intended for publication and more informal snaps taken by artists and technicians in their studios, workshops and gardens, which record fleeting and private moments in the life of the work.

Photographing Sculpture: How the Image Moves the Object will be on display at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, from March 30 to June 22.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Pop-up exhibition at former Wakefield bank

Former Leeds College of Art students Calum Paterson and Georgia Lucas-Going are set to curate an exhibition of international artists at a pop-up exhibition in Wakefield.

The exhibition, entitled LTN HROGUT, will take over the old Santander bank on Wakefield from February 19.

The show will then be open to the public on February 25 and 26 March 4 and 5 from 4pm until 7pm.

Artists showing include Calum Paterson, Georgia Lucas-Going, Patrick Creedon, Alfie Strong, Jack Fisher, Alex Gilmour, Eddie Grant, Richard Green, Joseph Roberts and Anne Laure-Francette.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Bruce McLean set for Leeds exhibition

Work spanning the career of artist Bruce McLean will be on at Leeds Art Gallery from February 14.

The Scottish artist works in a variety of media including sculptor, painting, film, photography and performance.

Born in 1944, McLean rose to fame during the 1960s for rejecting academic sculpture and using rubbish as material.

Bruce McLean: Another condition of sculpture brings together works spanning the past 50 years, some of which have not been seen together before.

Bruce McLean: Another condition of sculpture will be on display at Leeds Art Gallery from February 14 to May 11.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Collaborative community art to get shown at The Tetley

A Collaborative project between Leeds College of Art BA Visual Communication students and community projects in south Leeds is returning to The Tetley on February 12.

The Tetley Feast celebrates the achievements and future aspirations of the community groups involved through contemporary art and documentary film.

The groups involved are Health For All, Hamara, Vera Media, Slate, Richmond Hill Primary School and The Hunslet Club.

The project launched on January 8 with an exhibition of student work at the Tetley entitled Just For Starters.

The Tetley Feast is open 1pm to 3.30pm and 5pm to 8pm on January 12 at The Tetley, Leeds.

Follow: @TheTetleyFest.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Major Leeds show for Ian Kiaer

A major exhibition of the work of Ian Kiaer will be on display at the Henry Moore Institute this spring.

The London-born artist uses discarded materials to create his work, such as packing foam, chocolate wrappers and Perspex sheets

Tooth House brings together a selection of Kiaer's works made between 2005 and 2014, the most recent created in response to the galleries of the Henry Moore Institute.

The exhibition title is taken from the work of the architect and designer Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965).

Ian Kiaer studied at the Royal College of Art and the Slade School of Art. He lives and works in London.

Solo exhibitions include Centre International d'art et du Paysage, Vassivière, (2013); Aspen Art Museum (2012); Kunstverein Munich (2010); Bloomberg Space (2009); British School at Rome (2005) and Tate Britain (2003).

His work is held in a number of international collections including Tate, Fondazione Morra Greco and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Ian Kiaer: Tooth House will be on display at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, from March 20 to June 22.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Two Thomas Houseago sculptures confirmed for Yorkshire Festival

The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle’s bid to bring work by Leeds-born sculptor Thomas Houseago to the region has been successful.

The Los Angeles-based artist will exhibit two of his monumental sculptures across two sites in Yorkshire during the Tour de France this summer.

Bringing together Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle’s submission was one of 50 successful bids to the Yorkshire Festival 2014.

Thomas Houseago, renowned for his diverse and monumental works, will exhibit in two diverse locations.

The first sculpture will be placed within Leeds city centre, on a plinth outside Leeds Art Gallery on the Headrow where Le Grand Départ will begin on July 5.

The second sculpture will be placed in situ at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in West Bretton, near Wakefield.

The works will be unveiled at the end of April 2014.

Born in 1972, Houseago studied art at Jacob Kramer Foundation College (now Leeds College of Art) and London’s Central Saint Martins College, and eventually moved to Los Angeles where he is now based.

The Yorkshire Festival 2014 runs from March 27 to July 6.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Acclaimed digital art heads to Trinity Leeds shopping centre

A touring exhibition by London’s Furtherfield will be on display at Trinity Leeds shopping centre in February.

Digital Zoo - Life from the World Wild Web brings digital art out of the gallery and into everyday places making it accessible to a wider public.

In partnership with producers The CultureCode Initiative and Land Securities, owners of Trinity Leeds, the interactive exhibition explores the way the Internet and social media have changed our culture.

Furtherfield is a UK organisation for arts which launched London’s first dedicated gallery for international, networked, new media art in 2014.

The tour is a first for digital art and the exhibition features works that have previously been exhibited at Furtherfield Gallery, based in North London.

Trinity Leeds will display six works featuring experimental software, videos, installations, workshops, networked and mobile media created by internationally recognised artists Andy Deck, Mary Flanagan, Genetic Moo, Liz Sterry, Thomson & Craighead and Transnational Temps.


The exhibition is accompanied by a series of creative workshops for children aged 6 to 11-years-old inspired by Crow_Sourcing.

Digital Zoo: Life from the World Wild Web runs from February 14 until Sun February 23 on the ground and first floors of Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Twelve artists on show in Corn Exchange

An exhibition of 12 multi-disciplinary artists will be on display at Village Books and Gallery from February 6.

Curated by Leeds-based arts organisation Spur, Our House brings together artist from Leeds, London, America and the Netherlands.

Launching on the same night, Spur’s second publication Collection Of which includes 13 editioned artist prints, a cassette, and a tex- based zine.

Our House will be on display at the Village Bookshop and Gallery, Corn Exchange, Leeds, from February 6 to March 6.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture - the statues on Leeds City Square

by Jon Cronshaw

The art of Alfred Drury is currently on display at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery. Jon Cronshaw looks back at one of Drury’s most important sculptural projects – his eight female lamp bearers on Leeds City Square.

Known for his elaborate public sculptures, Alfred Drury’s work can be seen in public squares across the UK including in London, Sheffield and Leeds.

“Leeds has probably got the biggest awareness of Alfred Drury, just in terms of him being in the background all over the city,” says Ben Thomas, curator of Studio 3 Gallery at the University of Kent and curator of Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds.

His series of eight bronze lamp bearers around Leeds City Square is one of the first things that visitors to the city see when they leave the train station.

They were commissioned by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Colonel Thomas Walter Harding, in 1897 to mark Leeds’ new status as a city.

The statues were arranged in a circle around the square in line with the points of a compass each representing Morn or Even.

The figures were joined by Thomas Brook’s The Black Prince, H. C. Fehr’s portraits of James Watt and John Harrison, F. W. Pomeroy’s Dr Walter Hook, and Alfred Drury’s Joseph Priestley.

“They are fabulous,” says Benedict Read, Senior Fellow in Fine Art at the University of Leeds and contributor to the exhibition’s catalogue. “In different lights they dazzle and the modelling of them as mature women is quite exceptional.”

When the sculptures were first unveiled in 1899, there was outcry in the pages of the Yorkshire Post as citizens voiced their concerns about the frank nudity of the statues.

“The Yorkshire Post ran a few letters at the time which disapproved of the nudity,” says Thomas.

“They're kind of sexy, and I guess you don't really expect that from Victorian sculpture,” he says.

“The paper ended up running a long article about how the sculptures were pure in spirit and how the morality of Leeds wouldn't be affected in any way by these works.”

Drury, along with George Frampton and William Thornycroft, became associated with the New Sculpture movement in Britain.

“There was a feeling in the 1890s that British sculpture until then had been very Greek in its inspiration – very classical in its style,” says Thomas.

“Nudes would have been idealised, but with Drury's figures you can see that they're based on real bodies and have things like knobbly knees, and this was quite a new thing back then – this is why you get the term New Sculpture.

“Although it doesn't seem new at all today, it was certainly a novelty at the time – it was quite shocking to a Victorian audience,” he says.

During the Second World War, Leeds City Square was damaged in bombing raids by the Luftwaffe.

By the 1960s, the circle of statues that surrounded the square had been rearranged into two rows of four statues.

“It was horrendous, but at least they didn't chuck them,” says Read. “They have layers of meaning – they represent the passage of time from dawn to evening. This is unique in public sculpture around the world – it's really quite staggering.”

But by the mid-90s the square was refurbished, and initial plans saw fit to remove Drury’s statues from the square.

“There was no appreciation of Victorian sculpture at all. People saw them as worthless, as useless, that they had no meaning – it's still a strong agenda that Victorian public art is rubbish,” says Read.

“There was a strong party in favour of getting rid of the statues, but a few people stuck up for them,” he says.

Read joined Leeds City Councillor Elizabeth Nash in a campaign to keep the statues on Leeds City Square and restore them to their original arrangement.

Leeds city architect John Thorp planned the new arrangement for the square and found a way to keep the statues and present them in a more meaningful way.

“He was the real hero of the hour,” says Read. “He could see the point of the statues and installed them in a three quarter circle as they are now.

“Even the Victorian Society thought that he had come up with a masterful solution,” he says.

Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture is on display at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, until April 12.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Gig posters take centre stage in new exhibition

An exhibition of gig posters will be on display at Gallery Munroe House from February 1 to 22.

Co-curated by Tony Baker and in association with Leeds City College, Flyposting #3 features the gig posters of popular bands including Queens of the Stone Age, La Roux and Public Service Broadcasting.

The exhibition features work by designers and companies including Graham Pilling, Handcooked Poster, Horse Graphic Design Studio, Jacknife and Lewis Heriz.

All prints on display are for sale.

Flyposting #3 will be on display Gallery Munroe House (formerly Leeds Gallery) from February 1 to 22.