Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Leeds United

Vernon Street 5 January - 9 February

Printed Matter

August 2002 - ongoing, and back

Vernon Street 16 November - 16 December

Giles Bailey, Lucy Clout, Sam Kennedy, Oliver Rees, Matthew Robinson, Louise
Shelley, Laura Smith, Jens Strandberg and Rebecca Wilcox.

August 2002 - ongoing, and back considers ideas of collaboration, translation and
alliance in artistic practice.

The exhibition has grown out of a year-long weekly correspondence, in letter-form,
between Rebecca Wilcox and Laura Smith. This process was initiated in November
2010 with the intention of informing both the content and structure of the show.

The letter as traditional mode of communication allows for slippages, crossovers, repetition and miscommunication; the exhibition alludes to the divergences and similarities that this sort of collaborative practice entails. The works presented include Wilcox and Smith as well as a selection of invited artists who have been cited, via chance meetings and encounters, in the letter writing process. These artists have been asked to respond to notions of perspective in collaboration,
most of them having worked collaboratively at some point.

As such the exhibition seeks to build variations of perspective and chance into
its construction. It traces links between individuals and their work, and expands
and contracts relationships in order to shift an audience’s expectations regarding what collaboration means in how we view and understand a work of art’s meanings.

Garry Barker

Vernon Street 13 October - 11 November

In the shadow of the Hand - narrative drawings

“In some ways, Barker’s drawings are simply documentary. In Neither a burrower
or a lender be, we see a circle of dancers outside a Ukranian club (‘Dancing is
important, it seems to me,’ says the artist). There is also group of people marching
(there are frequent marches in Chapeltown, both political and religious). But more than ust recording the times, Barker mentally replays, pen-to-paper, the multifarious things he sees people doing: the stories of the place. He re-enacts and enlivens in much the way that children do when they draw”.
Angela Kingston

Tuesday, 30 August 2011


15 September - 7 October

ex is an annual show profiling a selection of artists at the beginning of their careers who have recently graduated. All the artists taking part completed their foundation course at Leeds College of Art and the exhibition highlights the quality and range of work being produced on some of Britain’s leading fine art degree courses. The exhibition celebrates relationships formed whilst studying on the foundation course and reconnects artists, now based in other cities, with each other, with Leeds and with the College.

This year the artists taking part include Zoe Boston, Romany Dear, Ashanti harris & Emily Ilett, Megan Hoyle, Catharine Ailsa Jones, Jacob Lomas, Sophie Percival, Martha Richardson, Ellen Twinem and Rachel Wilson.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011


Catalogue Available

18 August - 9 September 2011

For his solo exhibition 'Catalogue Available', Alex Farrar is presenting the exhibition’s catalogue expanded to include all the artwork in the Vernon Street building at the time of the show - encompassing works that have been embedded within the building by its previous occupants over all of its 165-year history. The catalogue, which will be a unique edition embedded in the shelves of the College library, is to be researched by current students, responsible for collecting the myths of surviving work through interviews with alumni and tutors- past and present. These conversations will be collected in a subsidiary publication that will be made widely available.

Alex Farrar was born in 1986 in Leeds and after attending the Foundation course at Leeds College of Art, he gained his BA in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2009 and in 2010, was given a BFA from the Audio Visual department, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Annet Gelink Gallery (The Bakery), Amsterdam (2011), Limoncello, London (2011), Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool (2010); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2010); and (as Vicky and Ron), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2010). Alex is currently based in Amsterdam.

This exhibition was (partly) made possible by support from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.