New Art Highlights
27 February - 5 March
New Art Highlights of the week includes: Harold Offeh, Lucy Stevens, Bob Budd and Emily Glass
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Reading the Realness, 2023 by Harold Offeh
As part of Radical Reel at Leeds Art Gallery, the gallery welcomes their most recent acquisition, Harold Offeh’s Reading the Realness (2020 – ongoing). Here, the artist has worked closely with members of the Youth Collective and its forum for older communities Meet and Make to create a performance based on scripts from popular television and radio chat shows. Together, these works explore how we can strengthen bonds and connections between people, in times where communities have found themselves increasingly fractured and isolated.
Photos: Jules Lister
A Band of Birds & Insects, 2022 by Lucy Stevens
A site-specific installation inspired by the wildlife in Charnwood Forest for Timber Festival in partnership with Charnwood Arts and Charnwood Forest Geopark.
This 50-metre fabric design showcases birds and insects alongside abstract shapes to represent feather colour, including the crest of a blue tit, the shape of the heron’s neck, the buzzards’ feet and the drumming of the great spotted woodpecker and the songs of the nuthatch.
The design was inspired by the birdlife of Charnwood Forest and also the ‘Feel Good in the Forest’ project that I’ve been working on with local community groups to explore mark-making inspired by walking and listening in the forest and using natural objects to create mixed media artworks since February 2022. The group are currently developing their use of different art materials and techniques, working towards the creation of an accessible trail at Lower Beacon Hill.
The installation was accompanied by two artist-led workshops at Timber Festival for families and individuals.
Haute Couture, 2022 by Bob Budd
Installation in textiles and wood. Thuir, France.
Feast1, 2023 by Emily Glass
A series of sculptures that reference architecture, food and the body. Taking the structure of waffles as a starting point they play with the relationship between geometric forms and more organic, flowing areas.
materials: Jesmonite, felt, expanding foam and acrylic paint