5.30 pm Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery Pip Dickens: New Work
6.00 pm Leeds Met Gallery/ Broadcasting Place Pumped up Kicks
6.30 pm Leeds Art Gallery Gary Hume: Flashback & Wild Pansey Press: The Portable Reading Room
7.00 pm Leeds Gallery Excess All Areas
Meet at Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery inside Leeds University, Parkinson Building at 5.30 pm or join us at any of the venues along the way. We try our best to stick to the schedule but please ring Amelia on 07817527615 if you can’t find us where we are meant to be and we’ll update you on our progress!
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. Booking is not required but we’d appreciate it if you can let us know if you have any access requirements.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 343 2718.
This months it’s a slightly longer distance than usual at 1.6 miles but we thought, as we haven’t been to the Leeds Gallery yet, it’s about time we did. 1.6 miles is worth it for a bumper 5 exhibitions, and it is an art walk after all!
More about the exhibitions:
Pip Dickens: New Work
Drawing inspiration from the Michael Sadler Kashmir Shawl Collection at ULITA (University of Leeds International Textile Archive), this exhibition shows new paintings and works on paper commissioned from the contemporary artist Pip Dickens.
Dickens develops the Kashmiri ‘boteh’ motif from these exotic fabrics, creating entities heavy with shadow, and placed within dramatic environments. These motifs traverse the canvas – sometimes together, sometimes alone. Her work fuses the theatrical and the fantastic with the colour, surface texture, repetition and shape of the textiles.
Influenced by the imagery and technique of Hieronymus Bosch, Disney animation and the claustrophobic ‘arena’ interiors of Francis Bacon, Dickens presents her boteh shapes as individuals, or groups, in socio-political contexts that, although brightly coloured suggest an underlying threat or sense of isolation.
Pumped Up Kicks
Curated by Leeds Met Young Curators and featuring work by 6 artists from around the UK: Ben Simons, Emma Gamble, Juan delGado, Guy Tarrant, Mike Ainsworth and Louise Burrows. Pumped Up Kicks explores behaviour and perceptions of young people in today’s society, particularly in relation to individual and social circumstances. Rather than agreeing with the representation of today’s teenagers as a ‘feral youth’ the Young Curators wanted to examine the influences and choices in young people’s lives. This six-artist exhibition scrutinises elements of the stigmas surrounding youth culture and its (mis)interpretation. The works on display range from installations that consider the rebellious nature of youth to prints that relate more overtly to the political situation today.
Gary Hume: Flashback
Gary Hume is one of Britain’s most important contemporary artists. He first gained international recognition in the early 1990s for his series of bold, abstract ‘door paintings’ which were based on the actual doors of St Bartholomew’s hospital in London. He was a key figure in the new YBA generation of British artists, and was included in the renowned Freeze exhibition in London’s docklands in 1988.
His reputation grew throughout the following decade, as he was selected to represent Britain at the Bienal de São Paulo (1996) and the Venice Biennale (1999), as well as being shortlisted for the Turner Prize (1996). Since then, he has continually reinvented himself, producing new and innovative series of paintings and sculptures. His subjects have included flowers, birds, snowmen and nudes, all painted in household gloss paint.
As Dave Hickey states in the exhibition catalogue, Hume paints ‘the suburban sublime’. However, the paintings’ beautiful surfaces and colours often belie a lingering melancholy, and his recent American Tan series, based on cheerleaders, reveals an acute awareness of the pervasive power of America culture.
Flashback is a major series of monographic touring exhibitions from the Arts Council Collection. Taking as its starting point the Collection’s founding principle of supporting emerging artists through the purchase of their work, the series showcases British artists of world renown whose works were acquired early on by the Collection. The Arts Council Collection was formed in 1946 and is managed by the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre in London. It is the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art.
Celebrating two decades of putting the art into party, Excess All Areas draws together a collection of the iconic images used to promote just some of more than one thousand parties thrown by legendary Leeds club night Back to Basics, since it opened its doors 20 years ago. Back to Basics remains a pioneer and has retained its rock and roll ethos. Against all the odds, for a club that deliberately turned its back on commercial world of the club “brand”, Back to Basics has turned 20 and is now the longest running club night of its kind, anywhere in the world. The cultural and economic impact of Back to Basics on Leeds, and on our culture in general – the likes of Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk are among those to have played their UK debut and found their feet in Basics – can not be underestimated.
Each image was created by the club’s promoter, resident artist and “the purveyor of good times”, Dave Beer, as part of an ongoing collaboration with designer Nic Gundill.