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.

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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.