Map Charity – together we have #Hope!

On Saturday, the lovely team from MAP Charity put on a Community Day at Leeds Corn Exchange to celebrate everything that they do. If you don’t already know MAP (Music and Arts Production), they’re an amazing arts organisation based in the Grade I listed Hope Foundry on Mabgate, where they offer creative qualifications, and maths andContinue reading “Map Charity – together we have #Hope!”

Art and Industry Part 1 – Play / Pause

Art and Industry Part 1: Play / Pause, Middlesbrough, Saturday 4 June 2016 I grew up on industrial Teesside, an area possibly much-maligned in the nation’s thinking (where it imagines anything at all), but for which I retain a lot of affection. During my 1970s childhood, all of my schoolmates’ Dads worked either at ICIContinue reading “Art and Industry Part 1 – Play / Pause”

‘The North – a nebulously distinct place…’

Culture Forum North symposium, Howard Assembly Rooms, 24 May The quote above is taken from the symposium’s opening remarks by Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesbrough’s mima and CFN’s Chair, at its first symposium in Leeds on Tuesday. A grand gathering of folk from the HE and arts/culture sectors came together to debate the virtues andContinue reading “‘The North – a nebulously distinct place…’”

Thoughts on Frieze Art Fair 2015

What can you say about Frieze? I was there on Friday (the Art Fair as opposed to Frieze Masters), my first visit in four years I think, and not much seemed to have changed. Entering through a massive and rather ominous-looking black portal akin to the gateway to Mordor, the giant marquee itself did seemContinue reading “Thoughts on Frieze Art Fair 2015”

British Art Show 8 in Leeds

Opening week round-up On social media I’ve adopted the hashtag #ArtMarathon for the ‘feast’ of visual arts activity across Leeds and beyond triggered by the opening this past week of British Art Show 8 at Leeds Art Gallery. It’s the visual arts equivalent of three buses coming along at once. Here are my highlights soContinue reading “British Art Show 8 in Leeds”

The Feast Wagon at The Tetley

The Feast Wagon features Lubaina Himid & Susan Walsh, Simeon Barclay and Delaine Le Bas 7 October 2015 – 10 January 2016 I’m incredibly proud that this visually rich and rewarding exhibition is one of the last projects I co-curated at The Tetley, alongside Zoë Sawyer and Leeds-based researcher Irfan Shah. The project began in conversation withContinue reading “The Feast Wagon at The Tetley”

Urgent appeal on behalf of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds

On Wednesday I attended the opening of Set The Controls’ latest exhibition, Pedestrian Confetti, a solo show by Glasgow-based artist Toby Christian. It’s a great example of how this place invites artists from outside Leeds to show here for the first time and to play with reasonably large-scale, experimental installations. But there’s a BIG problem…Continue reading “Urgent appeal on behalf of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds”