Apologies for the late posting of this month’s schedule, still we hope to see you on Wednesday.
5.30 pm THE GALLERY at Flannels Peter Mitchell
6.00 pm Corn Exchange Woolgather: Art Vend
6.30 pm Henry Moore Institute Alberto Giocemetti ‘Tete de femme (Flora Mayo)’ (c. 1927)
Meet at Flannels (3rd Floor) or join us at any of the venues along the way. There is a link to a map of venue locations here.
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. Accessibility of venues varies so please contact us in advance if you have any access needs.
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More about the exhibitions:
Part of a series of exhibitions ‘Quarry Hill Flats Revisited’ with East Street Arts. A New Refutation of the Viking IV Space Mission shows a vision of Leeds on the cusp between the world that Quarry Hill Flats tried to leave behind and the vision for the future that was ‘Leeds: Motorway City of the Seventies’. The exhibition is a remarkable document of a time that considered itself at the peak of modernism. As a counterpoint to Peter Mitchell’s work, a parallel gallery display by Leeds City College Photography Foundation students What is it to be Northern today? examines the same landscape thirty years on through the eyes and lenses of a new generation of photographers.
Woolgather have commissioned new works from artists across the UK and are using vending machines to provide a platform for their practice whilst also developing an audience and consumer for the works. Art Vend offers people an art experience amongst everyday life, by placing the machines in public venues such as shopping centres, bars, cafes and at public events, the hope is to maximise the chance of reaching people who may not usually engage with the arts. Ultimately the aim is that the product received will provide a more satisfactory or challenging reward than the standard interaction with a vending machine whilst offering an open door to a contemporary art scene. Art Vend aims to question the commercial value and commodification of artist products and to give space to more informal artistic ideas as opposed to formulaic, finalised grandiose works – with a little room for fun.
In 1922, Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) moved to Paris to study under the French sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. It was here that he met Flora Mayo, an American artist with whom he had a relationship in the mid-to-late 1920s. The human figure and head were central to Giacometti’s work throughout his life; from his first drawings, paintings and sculptures, he held a keen interest in portraiture. Often he sculpted those he was close to, such as his brother Diego, his sister Ottilia and his wife Annette. The sculpture ‘Tête de femme (Flora Mayo)’ (c. 1927) is one of a number of flattened, frontal compositions Giacometti made in the mid-1920s that included portraits of his parents. Modelled in plaster, the subjects’ facial features are, in each case, etched directly into the flat surface of the head.
Exhibited alongside the sculpture is the drawing ‘Corner of the Studio with ‘Self-Portrait’ from 1925 in Plaster’ (c. 1927). A plaster self-portrait, a collection of books and an alarm clock are shown within the artist’s studio at 46 Rue Hippolyte-Maindron in Montparnasse, where Giacometti worked from 1927 until his death in 1966.