Artists' Books Launch: Jo Hamill and Julia McKinlay

Join us to celebrate the launch of two new artists’ books by Jo Hamill and Julia Mckinlay, published in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and Yorkshire Sculpture International.

Staff, students and alumni of Leeds Beckett University, School of Art Architecture and Design were invited to propose publications that relate to sculpture in any way.

Jo Hamill is Course Director of BA (Hons) Graphic Design in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University. Jo is a PhD candidate and her practice-based research explores the convergence of a number of interdisciplinary concerns, linked by the commonality of language.

Their two winning publications will be available to see for the first time at this launch event at the Henry Moore Institute.

About the artists

Jo Hamill, Gutter Words

Gutter Words is a complex book work and the culmination of a 10-year enquiry which aims to explore the sculptural space of language, the book and its physical connection to the body. The written word and the book are mediated through an array of linguistic, design and typographic conventions which act as the safeguards to a tightly managed experience.

Omnipresent is our compliant respect for these conventions as we navigate through an encounter and are directed to read. Gutter Words attempts to draw attention to the potential that these conventions have to rupture, offering a less defined but perhaps more intimate reading experience.

Julia McKinlay, Feeling the Underside

Feeling the Underside is a series of prints inspired by the activities of Xenophora, the shell collecting snail. This work is a boxed collection of etchings and collagraphs that mimics the steady gathering of material by this marine mollusc. Varied strands of research have been brought together in the series, with subjects ranging from cast iron foundries and quarries to natural history collection and display. Feeling the Underside explores the overlaps between processes found in nature and those found in the print and sculpture workshop.

Julia McKinlay is an artist and collaborative PhD researcher with Yorkshire Sculpture International and Leeds Beckett University. McKinlay was a Teaching Fellow in Print at Newcastle University from 2016 to 2017 and an artist in residence at the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory, Kawaguchiko, Japan in 2018. Recent exhibitions include: Kuroko Part 1, Index Festival, Leeds (2019); MI: LAB Basic Training Programme, CfSHE Gallery, Tokyo (2018); Forms and Reticulations, Newcastle University (2017); The Factory, Djúpavík, Iceland (2017); Artists' Village, METAL, Southend-on-Sea (2016); Oh For You! I Would Do Anything, Tritongatan5, Gothenburg (2015).

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

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