I was delighted to be approached by Griselda Pollock and to be included in this exhibition alongside artists of the calibre of Lubaina Himid, Terry Atkinson, Elizabeth Price and Sutapa Biswas. I studied for my PhD in the Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, completing in 2002 and was also very fortunate to hold an AHRC fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts in that School between 2003 -2006. I have a drawing from my series Resort on show next to a Night Fitties Painting.
An anniversary exhibition marking 70 years of The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. In 1949, Yorkshire-born modernist Herbert Read, alongside Bonamy Dobrée, Professor of English at the University of Leeds, proposed a Department of Fine Art to the University. It is now the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and also includes museum, heritage and curatorial studies.
Seventy years later this exhibition reflects on their radical plan, which asked the questions:
What is the role of art practice at the heart of a research university? What is the role of the university in the education of fine artists?
And, what is the relation of the university to the culture of the city and the region?
The exhibition paints a portrait of their unique experiment. It brings together the art and the ideas of many artists, thinkers and students who have shaped and expanded the School over seven decades.
Also addressed are the current debates about the value, uses and abuses of culture and unease about the promotion of science and technology over arts and humanities. Experimental in form, the show offers a chorus of voices and media across campus. It is co-curated by Sam Belinfante and Griselda Pollock.
Highlights include works by Terry Atkinson, Turner Prize-winners Elizabeth Price and Lubaina Himid. Himid was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2019 for her contribution to the University.
The exhibition takes place across two venues, with work displayed at both The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Project Space at The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. The opening hours for the Project Space are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.