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.