Author Archive: Bruce Davies

Bruce Davies is an artist whose work looks, primarily, at the relationship between artist, gallery and viewer; how environments can shape the perception and understanding of an artwork and how a space can alter the nature of the work itself. He is also the curator of BasementArtsProject, a domestic house that also functions as a gallery, studio and event space In Beeston.

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BasementArtsProject | Beeston. New York. Venice | est. 2011

BasementArtsProject | Beeston. New York. Venice | est. 2011

Even here in landlocked Leeds, almost at the mid-point of the country between East and West, it is hard to shake off the sense of what it means to be an island nation. Whether born and brought up in Leeds, or hailing from coastal areas like myself and September’s artist at BasementArtsProject, it is impossible […]

By September 4, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Art Life: South of the River | Life’s A Beach (Keep it Real)

Art Life: South of the River | Life’s A Beach (Keep it Real)

In September 2017 I was invited to take part in an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) group with St Luke’s Church in Beeston South Leeds; my role within the group was to organise the children in some kind of art based activity. The group itself was made up of refugee families from Syria, Afghanistan […]

School’s Out For Summer | MADDFest at Cockburn John Charles Academy

School’s Out For Summer | MADDFest at Cockburn John Charles Academy

As May draws to a close, and the academic year comes to an end for the University and Higher Education system, it is always a great experience to take a trip around the creative departments and enjoy the fruits of their labours of the past three years or so. Wait around another month and a […]

Art Life: South of the River | Material Environments Review

Art Life: South of the River | Material Environments Review

Material Environments, the current exhibition at The Tetley, is an experimental exhibition with five artists whose work addresses physical and psychological change. Utilising a wide range of methods and materials the artworks address subjects such as botany, chemical science, architecture, music and social media with a healthy sprinkling of pop culture references. “I’m so happy […]

Art Life: South of the Border | Envisioning a Public Artwork for South Leeds

Art Life: South of the Border | Envisioning a Public Artwork for South Leeds

What do we mean when we talk about public art? And in a time of rampant austerity is there a need, or even a desire, for money being spent on such cultural furniture for the public domain? As an artist and a curator of exhibitions and projects I would of course argue in favour of […]

Art Life: South of the River | The Soft Rains of England and Forgotten Spaces at BasementArtsProject

Art Life: South of the River | The Soft Rains of England and Forgotten Spaces at BasementArtsProject

March saw the beginning of, not only the 2018 programme at BasementArtsProject, but also the beginning of our eighth year as an arts organisation based at the heart of South Leeds. Whilst we may be small in scale our ambitions are somewhat larger. For seven years now we have been running exhibitions and projects from […]

Art Life : South of the River | The Way You Are is The Way You Are (The Soft Rains of England)

Art Life : South of the River | The Way You Are is The Way You Are (The Soft Rains of England)

On Friday 16th March 2018 BasementArtsProject sees the return of Sohail Khan, this time in the guise of the Curator. Through the figure of the Curator, Khan has created a character that represents the cultural heritage of the artist, institutions and establishment; along the way he provides an interpretation of his own work in the context […]

By February 25, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Desolation Row

Desolation Row

At the moment much is made in the news of childhood obesity, screen obsessions, anti-social behaviour and mental health problems. We regularly hear of schemes being set up to tackle these issues, schemes that are often eventually wound up because of lack of participation or for being a drain on financial resources. The setting up […]

By February 16, 2018 5 Comments Read More →
Art Life: South of the River | I Don’t Do Art!

Art Life: South of the River | I Don’t Do Art!

When trying to describe what I do as an artist, or as a curator presenting art, I often encounter the phrase ‘I don’t do art’. This is a statement that I have always found quite puzzling when I consider how much of an impact art has on the society that we live in. It would […]

By January 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
BasementArtsProject | Lunchtime Conversations: Jill McKnight & Josh Hart

BasementArtsProject | Lunchtime Conversations: Jill McKnight & Josh Hart

BasementArtsProject invites you to join artists Jill McKnight and Josh Hart on Monday 22 January 2018 for the Lunchtime Conversation. Despite it’s potentially macabre title, ‘Jill & Josh and their Dead Petz’ is a warm and light-hearted look at our understanding of animals and their lives as pets. The exhibition features animation, sculpture, drawing, painting […]