VideoBlogging for artists

2nd Year students have been working on an intensive 2 week Module "VideoBlogging for artists" run by visiting tutor Michael Szpakowski. You can view the results at:


The Blog site hosts short experimental films by nineteen 2nd Year Art & Design (Interdisciplinary) students.

You are invited to leave comments on the students work through the Blog site.


Northern Art Prize artist talks

Artist Discussions at Leeds Art Gallery

artists from this year’s Northern Art Prize in discussion with the curators and arts professionals. Exploring what the prize exhibition means to each of the four artists and what approach showing in it.

Tickets are £3 (concessions) from Leeds Art Gallery on 0113 2478256.

Wednesday 5 December 2007, 6pm
Nina Pope from the collaborative duo Somewhere and Fiona Venables,
Visual Arts Officer at Tullie House Museum and Gallery, Carlisle

Wednesday 19 December 2007, 6pm
Tim Brennan and Alistair Robinson,Director of Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

Wednesday 9 January 2008, 6pm

Eric Bainbridge and Paul Moss, Director of Workplace, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Wednesday 16 January 2008, 6pm

Dan Holdsworth and Godfrey Worsdale, Director of the recently opened MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)

The Exhibition
Eric Bainbridge, Tim Brennan, Dan Holdsworth and Karen Guthrie + Nina Pope
22 November 2007 - 10 February 2008
Leeds Art Gallery
With work ranging from fi lm, photography, new media, painting and sculpture. the four short listed artists for this year’s prize were selected by a jury chaired by Nigel Walsh, Curator of Exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery, comprising Greville Worthington, independent curator and art collector; Tom Lubbock, art critic
for The Independent; Ann Gallagher, Head of Collection, British Art, Tate and Turner-prize winner Martin Creed, from a long-list of 24 artists put forward by 12 nominators throughout the region. The Northern Art Prize will be awarded on 17 January 2008 with a fi rst prize of £16,500; the remaining three runners up will each receive £1,500.
Exhibition opening hours: Mon, Tues 10am-8pm, Wed 12-8pm, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 1-5pm. Closed bank holidays



Wednesday 14th November - Wednesday 21st November.
project by Jen Ohlson, BA Art & Design (Interdisciplinary) 3rd year
42 New Briggate Gallery
Window access only. Wrap up warm.

What happens here?
Where have you been sleeping?

Morethanroughandlonely: A display of photographs taken on disposable cameras by members of the homeless community in Leeds.
A demonstration of suitable locations.
A presentation of previous inhabitations.
A documentation of last night.
A proposal for tomorrow.

Jennifer has asked members of the homeless community in Leeds to document areas of the city that they find hospitable with the aim of producing a guide to temporary nocturnal accommodation outside of traditional lodgings. Photographs, sketches, found objects, gifts, narratives, opinions and ideas from the contributors will be displayed in the window of 42 New Briggate Gallery as a continuously updated archive.

From Wednesday 14th November 42 New Briggate will be hosting a brand new series of residencies.

Artists were invited to put forward proposals for how they would use the gallery space to make work that is visible in or through the gallery’s large front window. Everyone is most welcome to peer in and watch the successful artists at work and play.

Other resident artists at 42:
A Latento – Alex Ferrar, Harry Meadley, and Iona Smith
Patrick Gildersleeves
Andy Abbott

There will be an exhibition showcasing the three weeks work on Thursday 13th December 6-8pm all are welcome.


A Conference for The Glass Archive

The Glass Archive is a collection of over eighty novels containing the word ‘glass’ in the title. For A Conference for The Glass Archive, five individuals including artists George Henry Longly, Kate Allen & Chris Henry Clarke, and freelance writer Anna Taylor, have been invited to investigate and make personal responses to the content of the archive.
Taking place over four days, A Conference for the Glass Archive will provide daily public access to The Glass Archive, daily one-hour readings (from four novels over four days) and culminate in the delivery of five presentations on Saturday 1st December at 2pm.
A Conference for The Glass Archive encourages a shift of focus in our understanding of this material. The project sits within a wider context of material investigation, in which sculptors and artists explore emotional and intellectual connections to physical materials.

Readings: Weds, Thurs, Fri at 2pm
Conference - Saturday 1st December at 2pm.


Site Gallery
1 Brown Street
Sheffield S1 2BS


Interrogating The City of Leeds

The 2nd Year's have been out and about in the last week as part of their new Creative Strategies brief ' Interrogating the City'.

On Tuesday 16th October Bryan Davies escorted us to see 'Hello Friends', the sculpture he and Laura Davies have made for the new Bridgewater Place development.

watch clips of Bryan's presentation:


On Wednesday 17th October they spent the day with visiting lecturer Dinu Li. Dinu presented some of his past projects, commissions and residencies in the studio and then the group de-camped to 42 New Briggate, the gallery space co-run by 2nd year tutor, Lucy Gibson and Art and Design graduate Yvonne Carmichael.

Here there was a chance to look at Dinu's current exhibition, 'The Mother of All Journeys' before being set a task to work in the city for the afternoon.

Everyone was asked to choose one word in response to the exhibition and then apply this word to a personal experience of the city. Each student had a digital camera and was asked to choose one image at the end of the day which summed up their activities. All sorts of creative endeavour was employed - from stalking passers-by, to finding houses parent's lived in as students, to retracing first steps in the city, to re-visiting old halls of residences, and even going home to Bradford and back in 2 1/2 hours.

Green tea and critical feedback session:

2nd years with artist, Dinu Li at 42 New Briggate Gallery:



LIGHT NIGHT Leeds extravangaza THIS friday...

Light Night is THIS Friday 12th October. Packed with events all through the city centre from the University down to the river waterfront and with Black Dog's Bondage on the Streets to guide you from venue to venue! There will be street games, art, opera, dancing, music, films - I doubt Leeds will know what's hit it.


Showing at 42 New Briggate Gallery as part of Light Night will be Dinu Li's film 'Chronicle of a Dream Foretold', showing in the gallery only on Celebrate Leeds 07 Light Night, October 12th 2007

Looped screening from 7pm – 11pm
(Film duration 20min 30sec and will start on the hour and half past the hour through the night)
With complimentary beer and Green Tea

Chronicle of a Dream Foretold is a video work made by Dinu Li during a residency in Kazakhstan for the Central Asian Project. It blurs the boundaries between documentary and fantasy. Inspired by Jean-Luc Goddard’s 1960’s film of The Rolling Stones’ rehearsing their song Sympathy for the Devil it shows a Kazakh rock band as they rehearse their latest song ‘Dreams’. This is combined with scenes such as footage of young men training to become equestrians, the flickering of images from a television set, time lapse footage of light passing through a snow covered landscape and montages of still photographs.

Central Asian Project is a collaborative exchange organised by Cornerhouse (Manchester), SPACE (London), and AsiaArt+ (Almaty, Kazakhstan) dedicated to forging new links between the UK and Central Asia.

‘Chronicle of a Dream Foretold’ will be screened only on Light Night at 42 New Briggate, Leeds. Dinu Li’s exhibition ‘The Mother of All Journeys’ runs from September 18th to November 10th in the gallery


Cult Fiction: Art and Comics

at Leeds City Art Gallery

'Cult Fiction explores the reciprocal relationship between comics and art. The exhibition foregrounds links between the two genres in works where current social and political issues are aired in frank visual narratives.'
This is a great show on your doorstep- all interdisciplinary students should go see this!!


1st year visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A day of intensive endurance walking in the outdoors, with the occasional glimpse of some sculptures, a ball of mud and some clay walls courtesy of Andy Goldsworthy





First day of freshers week: there are some amazing FOOD themed head creations.


Invitation to exhibition preview

You are warmly invited to join us at the preview of The Mother of All Journeys on
Saturday 15 September from 5- 8pm at 42 New Briggate Gallery, Leeds
(next to The Grand Theatre and Opera House)

Exhibition continues Tuesday – Saturday noon- 7pm until 10 November 2007

Dinu Li
The Mother of all Journeys
To accompany Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly

The Mother of all Journeys is an exploration by second generation British Chinese artist Dinu Li into the memories of his 80-year-old mother. Through a series of colour photographs Li charts her journey from China to England.

42 New Briggate is an initiative by Opera North Projects to unite contemporary visual art and opera.

It is curated by Yvonne Carmichael (Art and Design interdisciplinary graduate 2006) and Lucy Gibson (Art and Design Interdisciplinary Lecturer).



Degree show 2007

Bhav Shah is crafting away in Alicia Talikowska's installation 'Retoyed Trash' as part of this years degree show. The octopus behind him emerged from a previous workshop for Situation Leeds festival at the Art Market in Merrion Centre. Alicia has been busy since the show running workshops at the Moor Music festival and Innocent Village Fete in Regents Park, London. See her blog for more details:


16th – 21st July 2007, 12- 7pm.

Rose Thompson has been invited to exhibit her degree show project The Passage of Time as part of Cannonball at 42 New Briggate Gallery.

'Rose creates artist’s books that combine the processes investigating time and movement. Her books are abstract interpretations about her experience of walking, providing a true insight for the viewer to see and touch. Rose's book will be available in the 42 New Briggate shop for the summer following Cannonball.'

'To launch the Summer program of exhibitions and events taking place at 42 New Briggate Gallery, Cannonball will bring together a range of work from the Leeds' art institutes including Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds Metropolitan University and The University of Leeds, with artists recently graduating from Foundation level through to MA.This will be a rare chance to experience work from across the Leeds art school board in the same place at the same time. Marvel at the sight of cross-course inter-pollution unfolding before your eyes. Enjoy the rarity of college-ites' and post grads' art works sitting side by side. This dynamic interplay will provide a fresh context for the works and act as a small but overdue step towards linking the institutions of Leeds.For the artists involved the exhibition presents an opportunity to expand on, rework or re-present the practice they have developed during study, facilitating a continuation of activity post art-education rather than travelling tumbleweeds and office jobs.'

Works will include performative wall drawings, sleepy photography, sado-masochistic paper works, noisy sawdust, book-works, interactive birds, index fingers and a bench. Exhibiting artists include: Fran Burrows, Ailsa Burrows, Larna Campbell, Mark Madden, Rachel Jesse, Jane Liggins, Tim Pulleyn, Rose Thompson and the MA collective, CAST.

42 New Briggate Gallery is a space set up by Lucy Gibson and Yvonne Carmichael who are both involved with the art & deign course. Lucy teaches in second year and coordiantes the SOrell Young Designers Programme and Yvonne graduated in 2006. The gallery is run in conjunction with Opera North Projects and has played host to four exhibitions so far which coincided and connected with Opera North's Productions.

Trinity3 - Best of Leeds art graduates

A number of our graduates, Bryony Pritchard, Bhav Shah, Nicola Middleton, Alicia Talikowska and Claire Duffin are all exhibiting in 'Trinity3 - Best of Leeds art graduates'

21th - 27th August, 2007

Opening night - Mon 20th - 6-8pm
10am-4pm every day
10am-6pm Thursday
Closed Sunday

'Holy Trinity hosts an exhibition of the best new graduate artists from the 3 Leeds art institutions: Leeds University, Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds College of Art and Design. Providing a space to re-evaluate and re-contextualise their work away from the confines of study and a bridging exhibition to forming a professional practice.'


On the Fence exhibition

The studio exhibition was very busy this year with hundreds of visitors. Feedback was very positive with a number of students being offered exhibitions and commissions. This view shows 'Re-designed' lamps and chairs by Donna Walker, wearable animals by Nicolar Bell, Glass sculptures by Luis Souza and The Sound of Jewellry by Gemma Fozzard.

On The Fence

This years degree show

'On The Fence is an exhibition at Leeds College of Art & Design and a live event at Holy Trinity Church. These two presentations profile a diverse range of work by twenty four graduating students from our BA (Hons) Art & Design (Interdisciplinary) degree. A catalogue introduces and documents the work on show.'