Wednesday 7th September 2011 Art Walk Schedule

5.30 pm Bird’s Yard: Mike Oakes (Unfortunately Birds Yard does not have disabled access)

6.15 pm Leeds College of Art (Vernon St): The Paradise of Individuality & Alex Farrar: Catalogue Available

7.00 pm Henry Moore Institute Tacita Dean: ‘Mario Merz’ (2002)

Meet at 5.30 at Birds Yard (83 Kirkgate, LS2 7DJ). We are sorry that the exhibition at Birds Yard is accessed by steps, with no disabled access.

This month the walk will involve approximately 1 mile of walking in total, see below for a map of our route.

The Leeds Art Walk is a monthly tour of exhibitions in Leeds led by Pavilion and artist Amelia Crouch. The Leeds Art Walk takes place on the first Wednesday of every month and is free and open to all.

For more information please contact or 0113 242 5100

More about the exhibitions:

Mike Oakes

Mike will be showing a series of photographs documenting Clarence Dock in Leeds.

Catalogue Available

For ‘Catalogue Available’, Alex Farrar proposed that his exhibition catalogue be expanded to include all the artworks currently in the Vernon Street building. The resulting publication reveals a found-exhibition of 30 works made in the past 50 years by over 25 artists, present at the time of Farrar’s solo exhibition.

Featuring the college’s hanging collection and on going temporary exhibitions, the catalogue also documents many clandestine projects which remain in the building long after their makers have left. These latent exhibits were researched by a group of former students, responsible for collecting verbal accounts of the mythical works that persist in the fabric of the building.

The project will be accessible through a single hand-printed book that will be permanently shelved in the College’s Vernon Street library. During the preview of the exhibition, a one-off tour of the exhibition will be led by Georgia Dennison.

The Paradise of Individuality

Graphic Design and Artists’ Books
“…the paradise of individuality…”, George Santayana’s description of graphic design, is an exhibition of artists’ books celebrating the breadth and versatility of graphic design from hand-set type to hand-drawn zines, comic art and illustration. It includes complete facsimile prints of the hugely influential De Stijl journal, highlighting the typographic work of Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. They will be shown alongside artists’ publications from Nobrow Press and Ensixteen Editions, and book works by Andrew Morrison, Jane Kennelly, Michael Caine, Richard Long and Ian Hamilton Finlay.

The exhibition is a small sample of books from Leeds College of Art’s Special Collections in the Vernon Street Library.

Tacita Dean

This film study of the artist Mario Merz complements the exhibition Mario Merz: What Is to Be Done? showing in the main galleries. There will also be the chance to see the Mario Merz exhibition for those who missed it on the Art Walk last time. The film is accompanied by ‘Blind Pan (five monochrome landscapes)’, a set of five drawings made by Tacita Dean in 2004 that are part of the Leeds Museums and Galleries sculpture collection, which is managed in partnership with the Institute.

Tacita Dean is one of Britain’s most significant artists. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998, and in Autumn 2011 she will fill Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall with a new work, the twelfth in the prestigious Unilever series of commissions. In 1997 her work was shown in At One Remove, the first contemporary group exhibition to be mounted at the Institute.

Dean’s work is concerned with the sculptural properties of light and space, which she explores through drawing, film and sound. As well as making films, Dean works with sound, photography and drawing to navigate interpretations and narratives of history.


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