Having opened my previous article for South Leeds Life with a latin phrase this time I turn my attention to the French phrase avant-garde, or in English the Advance Guard. The origin of the term is a military one indicating a body of soldiers preceding and making preparations for the
Parum Potentes Glandes Quercus (From Little Acorns Mighty Oaks grow) Much art is presented as a fait accompli. It is no coincidence that in the world of music we are only shown the making process once the finished article has been accepted as seminal. In this way we are encouraged
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
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
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
The Sun Shines Every Day Forever is a newly commissioned sculpture by Todmorden-based artist Matthew Houlding that visitors to Hunslet’s Tetley art gallery are encouraged not only to touch, but to walk through, to picnic upon and to play hide-and-seek within! Photos: David Lindsay Supported by ASDA Foundation, Leeds Inspired
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
Through autumn and winter 2016, artist Christopher Jarratt is working with community groups based around Dewsbury Road in Beeston, to develop a final design for two new public sculptures. These will be situated on Dewsbury Road near to the One Stop Shop and also on the corner of Trentham Street.