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Wednesday 3rd September 2014 Art Walk Schedule

Please note that we will be discontinuing this blog soon. Never fear, the art walks will continue but schedules will be found only on the Art Walk page of the Pavilion website.

Also note that there will be no Art Walk on Wednesday 1st October. Instead we will be running special Light Night art walks on Friday 3rd October. Again see the Pavilion page for more info.

…but back to this month’s schedule:

5.30pm Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery FUAM Graduate Art Prize
6.15pm Leeds Art Gallery Narrating Objects
6.45pm Algernon Firth Where the heart is

Meet inside the Stanley & Audrey Burton, Leeds University Parkinson building at 5.30.

The Leeds Art Walk takes place the first Wednesday of every month and is free and open to all. For more information Contact:gill@pavilion.org.uk or 0113 343 2718.

More about the exhibitions:

FUAM Graduate Art Prize
Now in its second year the FUAM Graduate Art Prize showcases the work of four top students from the Schools of Fine Art and of Design at the University of Leeds. This years’ finalists are: Ben Eggleton (Design), Chloe Burdett (Design), Júlia Moscardó i Chàfer, (Fine Art), Lily Ackroyd-Willoughby (Fine Art).

Narrating Objects
This sculpture collection display explores the relationships between sculpture and narrative; from the iconographies of portrait and figure sculpture, through sculptures which have words or text embedded, to constructions, assemblages and installations which suggest movement, process or a sequence of events. A number of recent acquisitions are presented for the first time alongside important works of art that form the core of our ever-expanding sculpture collection. At the centre of the display is ‘Rebekkah’ (2011) by Simon Fujiwara, which was presented to Leeds Museums and Galleries by the Contemporary Art Society in 2013. Telling the story of a young British girl’s journey to China, ‘Rebekkah’ is surrounded by life-sized figurative sculpture dating from the early nineteenth century to the present day, including works by Antonio Canova and Antony Gormley.

Where the heart is
Project Space Leeds has project managed a new public art work by Tim Etchells for property developer Rushbond.

WHERE THE HEART IS is a neon work sitting just beneath the roofline of the Algernon Firth Building, Leeds. It is a fragment of the well-known phrase ‘home is where the heart is’ and allows layers of meaning and association with the Algernon Firth Building to be considered.

It refers to the building as residential accommodation, a place where students make their first independent home away from family and, at the same time it respects the building’s former use as the Institute of Pathology (opened 1933) as a site of anatomical research and learning. There is also reference to the ‘heart’ and generosity of the philanthropist Firth (1856-1936) in establishing the Institute as well as numerous contributions he made to other charitable projects in Leeds.

WHERE THE HEART IS is a hidden prompt for us the viewer to set us thinking, remembering and wondering about the things, people, ideas and places that really matter to them.

Wednesday 6th August 2014 Art Walk schedule

5.30pm Village Bookstore & Gallery: The Female Gaze
6.15pm The Tetley: Nous Vous: A Watery Line
7.00pm Henry Moore Institute: Gego. Line as Object
Meet outside Leeds Corn Exchange or join us at any of the venues along the way.

The Leeds Art Walk takes place the first Wednesday of every month and is free and open to all. Accessibility of venues varies.

For more information Contact:gill@pavilion.org.uk or 0113 343 2718.

More about the exhibitions

The Female Gaze

The Female Gaze is a month long programme of events organised together by The Hyde Park Picture House and Village Bookstore & Gallery, celebrating the work of exceptional female photographers past and present.

The exhibition features the work of six contemporary photographers working today, and aims to draw attention to the work of outstanding female photographers.


A Watery Line

For two weeks in July, Nous Vous will exhibit drawings, prints, paintings and objects, producing new artwork in on-site open studios and working with a selection of other artists to deliver a programme of performances and workshops. The result of this activity will remain in the space for a further four weeks.

The exhibition/residency will respond to The Tetley’s history following its recent refurbishment; speculating about its future function and investigating the point where art interacts with everyday life through various forms of ‘making’.

Gego. Line as Object

From July to October four of the Henry Moore Institute’s galleries are dedicated to the work of Gego (1912-94), an artist who faithfully explored the possibilities of the line as an object. Gego was born Gertrud Goldschmidt in Hamburg, 1912, and emigrated to Caracas in 1939 immediately after finishing her architectural studies in Stuttgart. In Venezuela she began working as an artist in the 1950s, and became a citizen in 1952.

For five decades Gego expanded the line into planes, volumes and expansive nets to reflect on the nature of perception. Gego. Line as Object investigates the artist’s unrivalled 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. In one of her notebooks she exclaimed: ‘Sculpture, three-dimensional forms of solid material. Never what I do!’ Sculpture is concerned with weight, scale, gravity, light, space and encounter: terms embodied by Gego’s study of the line as object. Here at the Henry Moore Institute, a centre for the study of sculpture, her work is claimed for sculpture. Gego’s sculptures or, as she preferred to call them, bichos directly address the phenomenological encounter with sculpture.

Wednesday 2 July 2014 Art Walk schedule

5.30pm Leeds College of Art (Blenheim Walk) Sculpture, Photography and the Index
6.15pm Leeds Art Gallery Parallel Lives: Claude Cahun & Marlow Moss
6.45pm &Model Conversations around Marlow Moss

Meet at Leeds College of Art at 5.30pm or join us at any of the venues along the way.

The Leeds Art Walk is a monthly tour of exhibitions in Leeds programmed by Pavilion and artist Amelia Crouch. The event aims to introduce art-lovers to the diverse range of visual arts offerings in Leeds. Each month the schedule includes three exhibitions which are introduced by an artist or curator. Accessibility of venues varies so please contact us in advance for further information.

Contact:gill@pavilion.org.uk or 0113 343 2718.

The Leeds Art Walk takes place the first Wednesday of every month and is free and open to all.

More about the exhibitions

Sculpture, Photography and the Index

Sculpture, Photography and the Index is an exhibition of work by selected first, second and third year students as well as members of staff on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Leeds College of Art.

Sculpture and Photography are the archetypal processes used to materialise coexistence between subject, object, event and image.

The exhibition includes work which combines referents with traces of the real and classic feminist interventions into personal histories in 2 and 3 dimensions.

Parallel Lives: Claude Cahun & Marlow Moss

Marlow Moss is now regarded as one of Britian’s most important Constructivist artists, though for many years her significance was overlooked. This exhibition presents paintings, reliefs and sculptures drawn from collections in the UK and Europe that are primarily concerned with an interrogation of space, movement and light. She lived and worked between Paris and Cornwall for much of her life, changing her name and permanently adopting a masculine appearance in 1919. The exhibition is supported by letters and photographs drawn from the Tate Archive.

Also at Leeds Art Gallery a closely linked exhibition considers the pioneering work of Claude Cahun, (1894-1954). Riveting photographic self-portraits show her acting out diverse identities both male and female in scenes that range from the starkly minimal to the elaborately staged. An avid participant in the cultural avant-garde of Paris in the 1920s and 30s mingling with many of the leading artists of her day, Cahun eventually moved to Jersey, in the Channel Islands where she was imprisoned during Nazi occupation.
Conversations around Marlow Moss

Conversations around Marlow Moss, consists of hypothetical dialogue between the exhibiting artists’ work and that of Moss, in which Moss represents the under acknowledged éminence grise, the original tricky figure from a British past in which Modernism, as another kind of European queerness, has also been diligently repressed.

Arguably we are still in muddled dialogue with the things Modernism represents and in the UK this means that the stalled and chequered nature of that conversation has an important effect on what contemporary art means and how it operates. Two exhibitions of Mondrian, at TATE Liverpool and Turner Contemporary, Margate, will open at around the same time that Marlow Moss opens at Leeds Art Gallery and this one comes to &Model. Considering Moss’ artistic relationship with Mondrian is a way of reconsidering her impact, but also the other conversations represented in the &Model exhibition, with British Construction and Systems artists such as Norman Dilworth Anthony Hill, Peter Lowe, David Saunders, Jeffrey Steele, Gillian Wise and others, form part of a bigger and very necessary exchange artists are making now with modernist positions that are far from redundant. Moss, as an overlooked protagonist for conversations that never happened in her lifetime, is the pre-eminently undigested presence in this exchange and the symbolic figure of resistance to an over homogenised history of British art. As with other projects Bick and Blannin have worked on, the irrational within the rational and the idea of contradiction as a vital driving force within art practice since modernism, is celebrated as a reason why we should enjoy and understand the work of Moss and her successors now.

The aim of Conversations around Marlow Moss, is to put her work and forgotten personality back in dialogue with what came after and what happens now, as well as to ask questions about what makes practice contemporary. The artist/curators have been in extended dialogue with British post War Construction and Systems Artists since meeting through an ‘in conversation’ Bick held with Jeffrey Steele at Hales Gallery in 2009. Since then Bick has curated exhibitions in Basel, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leigh and London around these artists’ work and Blannin has published extensive interviews with Steele and Bick in Turps Banana magazine. Both artists explore the implications of this artistic territory in their own practice. Included in Conversations around Marlow Moss will be works by post war British Construction and Systems artists as well as many of the younger artists Bick and Blannin have collaborated with on various projects since 2009.

Wednesday 4 June 2014, Art Walk schedule

5.30pm The Tetley Ben Cain: Down Time & Rachel Adams: How to Live in a Flat
6.30pm Henry Moore Institute D’Arcy Thompson’s on Growth and Form
7.00pm Leeds Art Gallery Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture (book launch)

Meet at The Tetley (Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ) at 5.30pm, or join us at any of the venues along the way. We have something a bit different this month, finishing off at Leeds Art Gallery for the launch of a new book, edited by Patrick Eyres and James Lomax, details below.

For more information contact Gill at Pavilion: gill@pavilion.org.uk or 0113 343 2718

More about the exhibitions:

Ben Cain: Down Time

As part of A New Reality: Part 2, this exhibition of new sculpture, film and performance works explores ideas around what ‘work’ is, or has become, utilising work-related paraphernalia from the past. In moments of ‘down-time’ energy-generating systems produce excess energy that is stored for later use. Cain would like to consider waste production and non-productive activity in relation to self-preservation – examining acts which might be knowingly futile (in that they realise or manifest nothing in terms of material output) but nevertheless provide a sense of engagement with the production of the material world.

Anchored by two sculptural installations in the first floor Atrium and gallery spaces, artworks within Down Time will relocate around The Tetley, be replaced and be added to over the course of the project. The project incorporates a series of events exploring these themes.

Rachel Adams: How to Live in a Flat

Expanding upon her interest in modernist furniture design, the artist will show 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 lives and works in Glasgow and this is her first solo show in a large-scale institution in the UK.

Adams will ‘move-in’ to her exhibition space between the 12th of May, returning at weekends throughout the project to ‘re-arrange’ the show, adding and removing artworks as she deciphers how best to inhabit the exhibition space. Guest artists will also be invited by Adams to re-design, animate and ‘live’ in the exhibition space over the course of the project.

D’Arcy Thompson’s on Growth and Form

In 1917, the mathematical biologist, zoologist and Classics scholar D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) published On Growth and Form, a poetic and mathematical study of scale, gravity, order and process. This book lodged itself within the consciousness of twentieth-century sculpture. Henry Moore turned to Thompson’s work while studying in Leeds in 1919 and Richard Hamilton, who took the title for his 1951 landmark exhibition at London’s ICA, declared On Growth and Form ‘charged my batteries for a number of years’.

This Gallery 4 exhibition presents a selection of Thompson’s teaching models that are held in the collection of the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum at the University of Dundee. The display includes intricate glass models of jellyfish made in the Dresden Blaschka studio and a series of brightly coloured plaster models of the growth of a primitive vertebrate. These forms Thompson discussed in On Growth and Form, along with soap bubbles, eggs, elephant skulls and narwhal horns. Alongside these models are four ‘Transformation’ drawings made by Henry Moore in the 1930s. Held in the collection of The Henry Moore Foundation, these show the influence of Thompson on Moore’s sculptural thinking, specifically his Theory of Transformations. Here he proposed that physical forces could cause a transformation from one species into another based on mathematical principles. The diagrams that Thompson created to demonstrate this have become among the most iconic images of their type, and they are included in On Growth and Form, which can be found in our Research Library.

Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture: Lord Raby in Berlin, The Hague and at Wentworth Castle

James Lomax will introduce this new book, generated by Temple Newsam’s acquisition of Lord Raby’s fabled silver cistern (or wine cooler). Exquisitely crafted, the cistern was created in 1705-06 as part of the ambassadorial silver dinner service when he was appointed to the Prussian Court in Berlin. Subsequently, as ambassador to the Dutch Republic (1711-14), he co-negotiated the momentous Peace of Utrecht.

Wednesday 7 May 2014 Art Walk Schedule

5.30pm Leeds Town Hall RE:VAULT
6.00pm Henry Moore Institute Photographing Sculpture: How the Image Moves the Object and Thomas Houseago
6.45pm White Cloth Gallery Slim Aarons

Meet on the steps of Leeds Town Hall at 5.30pm or join us at any of the venues along the way.

The Leeds Art Walk is a ‘pick of the month’ tour of exhibitions in Leeds programmed by Pavilion and artist Amelia Crouch. Taking place the first Wednesday of every month, the event aims to introduce art-lovers to the diverse range of visual arts offerings in Leeds. The Leeds Art Walk is free and open to all. Accessibility of venues varies so please get in touch if you have any access needs.

Contact gill@pavilion.org.uk or 0113 343 2718

More about the exhibitions


An exhibition by an emerging art collective, showcasing the work of seven Fine Art students from the University of Leeds. Exhibiting artists:  Emii Alrai, Danielle Goulé, Eleanor Rambellas Roche, Aidan Razzall, Anya Stewart-Maggs, Joe Jefford, Rebecca Tritschler.

Photographing Sculpture: How the Image Moves the Object

Photography has made sculpture mobile since the birth of the medium. Presenting vintage prints from the late-nineteenth century to the present day, Photographing Sculpture looks at the ways in which photographs move objects, charting their travels across time and space. The selection is drawn entirely from the Henry Moore Institute Archive, a part of the sculpture collections of Leeds Museums and Galleries, which are developed in a unique partnership with the Henry Moore Institute.

Some photographs visualise the physical movement of objects, documenting monumental statues on their journey from the studio to the pedestal. Others show installations in different configurations and performance pieces in progress. Often series are used to record the same sculpture in different locations and contrasting environments, exploring relationships between context and perception. In some cases photographs represent a concerted investigation by the artist to test ideas, while in others images record a work’s history and, sometimes, are the only traces of lost sculptures.

Thomas Houseago – public sculpture

Outside Leeds Art Gallery stands a new sculpture by Houseago, on the plinth where Moore himself sited his ‘Reclining Woman: Elbow’ (1981), which will return to Leeds following conservation. Made specifically for the occasion of Yorkshire Festival 2014, Houseago’s new sculpture is directly inspired by the city of Leeds. Caught in arrested motion, this gargantuan striding figure moves unrelentingly forward. Sited on the Headrow, the sculpture alludes to the frenetic bustle of the surrounding urban landscape. With its rough finish, Houseago’s figure contains the feeling of energy which the artist senses in the city.

Slim Aarons

Slim Aarons worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and famous both before and after serving as a photographer for the US military magazine Yank during World War II. His work has been included in the publications Town and Country, Holiday, Venture and LIFE among others. Aarons was known for the positive portrayals he gave to the people he photographed and was invited to high-society gatherings for exactly this reason. His subject matter covered American and European society as well as nobility and both minor and major stars of the day.

Wednesdsay 2nd April 2014 Art Walk Schedule

It’s a long walk this month so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for good weather! You can see the full route here. It is 1.5 miles from the first to the last venue and we will also start and finish a short distance away from the city center so please allow for this.

5.30pm Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture
6.15pm Henry Moore Institute Ian Kiaer: Tooth House
7.00pm blip blip blip Interim
We end up at blip blip blip (located at East Street Arts, St. Mary’s Lane, LS9 7EH) where it is the exhibition launch of Interim so we are welcome to stay at the launch until 8pm. We will of course make sure there is someone for you to walk back into Leeds centre with if you do not wish to stay.
The Leeds Art Walk takes place the first Wednesday of every month and is free and open to all, no booking necessary.  Accessibility of venues varies so please contact us in advance if required.

Contact gill@pavilion.org.uk or 0113 343 2718

More about the exhibitions:
Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture
An exhibition exploring the art and life of Alfred Drury (1856-1944): His influences, his practice and his role in the ‘New Sculpture’ movement.
Alfred Drury was one of the leading sculptors of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, and creator of the much-talked-of bronze nude light standards in City Square, Leeds. The exhibition will review the art and life of Alfred Drury RA (1856-1944), addressing the formative influences on his sculptural practice and his role in the New Sculpture movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Included within the exhibition will be some of Drury’s most important, smaller-scale, sculptural works, including his most characteristic masterpieces Griselda, The Age of Innocence and Lilith.
Ian Kiaer: Tooth House

Ian Kiaer (b. 1971) repurposes debris to create props and proposals for perceiving objects in space, asking questions of value and form. He uses discarded and humble materials, such as packing foam, chocolate wrappers, Perspex sheets abandoned in the street and standard-sized paper. These materials he cajoles and seduces into artworks in his studio, using titles as tools to tune his sculptural environments. Each title holds a specific connection to a project by a thinker who made radical proposals for understanding interactions with natural and technological environments.

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.


Including work by Alice Chandler, George Garthwaite, Florence Mytum, Liv Preston, Sam Shackleton and Elinor WadmanInterim. Interim is an annual exhibition open to all current penultimate year BA Fine Art students at British art schools who have previously completed their foundation course at Leeds College of Art.

This year’s Interim has been selected by artist Nick Thurston and Nigel Walsh, curator of Contemporary Art, Leeds Art Gallery.