Circles of Recognition, Structures of Support: Becoming an Artist in Leeds Today

  • Leeds Art Gallery
  • Wednesday, 7 February 2018
  • Seminar in the Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery, 2 - 6pm

This afternoon event is a collaborative investigation organised through Leeds Arts University, Leeds Beckett University and University of Leeds. Nearly one hundred years after Henry Moore studied in Leeds with the help of an ex-serviceman's grant, this event looks at what it means to pursue a creative practice today and what structures of support exist in Leeds for early and mid-career artists.

The afternoon will consist of discussions and performances delivered by artists, academics and curators selected by the three universities.

Participants include:

Alan Dunn (Leeds Beckett University), Alex Farrar (independent), Sheila Gaffney (Leeds Arts University), Marion Harrison (Leeds Beckett University), Jill McKnight (independent), Nocturne (Leeds-based crit group), Harold Offeh (independent), Hardeep Pandhal (independent), Claire Potter (Liverpool John Moores University), David Steans (Leeds Arts University), Peter Suchin (independent), Paulette Terry Brien (The Grundy Art Gallery, The International 3), Nick Thurston (University of Leeds).

Follow up event

As a sequel to the afternoon, Nocturne will produce a publication to document the event and to inspect the artistic climate in Leeds. Nocturne is an artist-led crit group that has been operating in Leeds for the last two years, who aim to provide a platform for artists to freely discuss their projects with a supportive peer group.

In addition Nocturne will also host a ‘pot-luck’ dinner that a series of micro-events will inhabit, focused around artist development through peer recognition. Nocturne have invited artists to present works, thoughts and performance during the dinner, with an opportunity for the audience to respond in a crit situation. It intends to act as a networking opportunity for graduating students in Leeds to meet makers and thinkers who are helping define the city in the context of art.

Nocturne will provide the basis of an evening meal, however encourage attending guests to bring a small contribution to the table, such as drinks, starters or dessert. Date and time to be confirmed.

Venue details

Venue address

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
T: 0113 247 8256
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Opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

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