past exhibitions - 2018
HEARTS & GRAFT
The Artworks 1830 Gallery presents a fine collection of work by Resident Artists and Designers covering a wide range of different media.This original collection includes, Oil, Acrylic and Mixed Media paintings, Illustration, Printing and Etching, Screen Printing, Photography, Weaving,Textiles, Felt Making, Ceramics, Jewellery, Woodwork and Mathematical conundrums.
The Exhibition highlights the unique and varied inspirations of the artists' personifying 'The Everybody School of Art'.
HALIFAX HERITAGE WEEKEND
From the 8th - 9th and 15th - 16th of December
Explore our art school where you will have the opportunity to meet our community of artists, set inside the beautiful Grade II listed Shaw Lodge Mills. In addition a selection of our talented artists work will be on show in our prestigious gallery.
There are also a number of workshops and activities taking place for all ages, please see below and our website for further information, workshops and courses.
We are an artist led Art School, Gallery and Artist Studios committed to providing opportunity and engagement with art for all. By combining classic techniques with inspirational approaches we have the joy of witnessing first hand the transformational effects of art on people's lives every day.
Over our 10 year history we have developed strong partnerships with organisations in education, health and community contexts. These partners work with us to co produce and design activities which encourage and create opportunity for artistic endeavour.
Our community of artists, designers and creative practitioners support us in delivering a wide range of innovative and exciting programmes at the forefront of creative practice. These include courses, workshops, events, training and exhibitions delivered on site in our extensive facilities and out in the community.
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH - JAMIE FROST
On Display from 26th May until Sunday 1st July
The Artworks presents an exhibition of elegantly crafted and powerful figurative sculptures. Artist Jamie Frost brings the tradition of wood carving into a contemporary gallery setting. The smell, textures and colours of the sculptures make this exhibition a multi-sensory experience, where bark, saw marks and energetic splinters contrast with fine craftsmanship.
'Wood is a fleshy material and I want the visitor to have a sense of the figures I make, not just see them. In their presence it's hard, even for me, not to feel something when looking them in the eye. Whilst making I think about the people I draw, the people I've known, the person I am. I invite people to identify with these sculptures - an affinity with the material should make that possible.'
Following recent exhibitions of epic figurative drawings, these are the artist's first sculptures of such complexity and scale. They are shown alongside a number of smaller pieces and a selection of works on paper. We are proud to present this fantastic show, the first sculpture exhibition that The Artworks has seen. The exhibition has been made possible with generous support from Arts Council England.
Jamie grew up within Northern England's 'Sculpture Triangle' and has also been strongly influenced by time spent working in Tuscany. He has exhibited widely alongside established artists, including Nicola Hicks, Peter Randall-Page, Andy Warhol and Rembrandt. He has most recently exhibited in London with The Society of Portrait Sculptors and one of Jamie's major pieces will have just returned from this exhibition. In addition to this, Jamie has recently been accepted as a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.
THE BULGING PORTFOLIO OF QUENTIN BLAKE
On Display from 1st April to 30th June
The Artworks has some exciting news to begin 2017! Opening this spring is a comprehensive exhibition of Britain’s best known living illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake here in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
The exhibition is being curated by Halifax based illustrator Chris Mould, a great friend of the Artworks and a widely published author, illustrator and animator of children's stories.
Throughout the exhibition there will be a wide programme of public workshops and workshops for Schools with a special focus on illustration. There will also be two one off workshops; ‘Drawing to stories’ bringing together illustrators and storytellers and an ‘Art for Health’ event advocating and celebrating creative activities in patient recovery in partnerships Creative Minds and NHS SWYFPT.
STATE OF LINE
On Display from July 23 - September 3
‘State of Line’ is an exhibition of the work of ten artists exploring line in their drawings. This exhibition is the fourth in a series of shows at the Artworks, Halifax to celebrate and explore the potential of drawing to transform lives. The ten artists exhibiting here have been selected because of the diverse and fascinating ways in which they consider and employ line within their drawing practice.
Tim Ingold (2016), author of ‘Lines’, says:
‘It only takes a moment’s reflection to recognise that lines are everywhere. As walking, talking and gesticulating creatures, human beings generate lines wherever they go’.
The basis of my drawings is an alphabet of around two hundred forms. Some of these forms are objects from the landscape – trees, bushes, rocks, mountains, lakes. Some are reminiscent of topiary or architecture. Others are sharp-edged and geometric or more amorphous and blobby.
These forms are made of visible lines – constructive marks on the paper. The lines pile up, connect, describe, feel round surfaces and define edges. They make the forms manifest.
There are invisible lines at work too:
The forms are plotted onto perspectival grid so that we have an aerial viewpoint over a territory that recedes deep into the distance but has no horizon. The grid is a lattice of lines – not marked but present, disappearing toward vanishing points, pushing back into space.
This, I think, is the particular alchemy of drawing – to turn lines into things, to turn the flat paper into infinite depth. The potential to build worlds with the barest means.
For ‘State of Line’ Burgoyne offers up Quadraturin - ‘Sticky walk’ as a live performance and large-scale projection & ‘Count/walk/follow/lost’ as a live performance and shown on a small monitor. For the opening, these will be presented as live drawing performances and subsequently as installations with trace element. Their title comes from a short story by the Russian writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky.
The story begins in the tiny apartment of a man who by chance is visited by a salesmen selling a potion by the name of Quadraturin which when brushed onto walls or ceilings will make the space bigger- albeit from the outside it appears unchanged. In his eagerness to see his tiny space expand he liberally spreads the potion over all the surfaces in his lodgings. Over the next few days his dream of more space becomes an existential nightmare, as the room shows no sign of halting its rapid increase in scale. The tale culminates in the man being lost in space.
The context of this project is the ‘Commission for re-measuring space’, which was set up in 1920’s Soviet Russia. Advocating 9 square metres to each person, the commission routinely would check and verified that each individual (if you could call them individuals) had no more than the regulated amount of space.
Drawing functions as an immediate means by which to realise a visual idea and its potential. I use a deliberately simple vocabulary to construct images.
Line serves as a key component, enabling the mapping of a particular compositional impulse. Around this linear armature, forms are built, using an evolutionary process that allows for and often actively encourages improvisation.
The images chosen for this presentation are taken from a large and ongoing series. They demonstrate some of the ways in which the drawn line has served as a framework for visual investigation.
The starting point for these images is an exploration and questioning of the simple assumptions around the construction of pictorial space. Using basic and sometimes crude modular elements, the drawings address ideas of containment, balance and spatial depiction- realised through forms that at times push against the restriction of the paper’s parameters, appear to precariously teeter on the brink of collapse or shift between flatness and depth.
The emergent images present totemic forms and structures that evoke and invite analogous interpretation. I enjoy the way in which such modest and direct means can be used to discover and create unforeseen forms and readings.
My drawings affirm a desire to understand more about human relationships, specifically my own interaction with others. They are equally about forming a balance between formal concerns in relation to the communication of emotional resonance.
Repetition of motif is an ongoing working practice that enables the focus to exist around the form itself; the way line and other formal elements communicate without other unnecessary variables. Seriality and lineage are key to the process as one line builds a single motif with a sense of the next drawing emerging within the sequence.
Using found materials, specifically old book covers, enables the superimposition of marks in relation to the personal history of the surface. The POSCA pen appears to be the ‘right’ material. Its ‘awkwardness’ is appealing in terms of aiding communication of a set of principles and feelings. The pigment suggests itself through the form of a pen, yet has an unpredictability with the flow of ink increasing and decreasing beyond apparent control. The imminence of the hand-drawn line is of paramount importance as there is an aim to project a sense of urgency and certainty over a multitude of uncertainties.
Recent work has developed into an investigation of the dynamics of social groups – particularly how hierarchies emerge, how roles are assumed and behaviours are managed. The work aims to investigate these processes that appear to be rooted simultaneously in latent predispositions; revealing ‘unknown’ and unpredictable subjective experiences. Geometric shapes become ‘blockages’ or ‘openings’ and there is a recurring form of ‘smiling mouths’.
Honesty and immediacy, desire and denial, joy and trepidation are important to me when drawing. They act as building blocks upon which my ideas form, often shown through simplicity of line and image.
The discipline of drawing defines and grounds my practice, in which a desire for reinvention and expression is central. For me drawing has a deceptive simplicity that renders form and meaning quickly as content spontaneously manifests itself, arriving on the paper apparently prior to any considered thought process or intention. This rapid and ephemeral nature of the medium enables me to overlay, obliterate, and edit, in order to arrive at meaning. Throughout this process I attempt to let the work dictate to me allowing intuition, material property and personal experience guild my choice of scale, colour and form. The end results are initiated by memory, reaction and direct observation.
Three days Four nights flirting
“An active line on a walk, moving…… without a goal. A walk for walk’s sake... Linear motion”. Paul Klee ‘The Pedagogical Sketchbook” (1952)
I was born in Karachi, Pakistan, but I have lived in the UK for most of my life. My interests centre on a number of key influences; from the poetics of language and space, to the romantic synergy between Eastern and Western cultures and drawing plays a key role in my practice. I am fascinated by the relationship between the written word and various forms of making – from drawing to stitching – approaches that ‘mimic the texture of thought’, revealing valuable clues as to the ‘state of mind of the creator’.
Lines can become anything. Beginning from point lines can become jet planes or tomato’s. For me lines don’t usually become jet planes or tomato’s they flicker between drawing & writing. Lines of question, thought & communication expose wondering(s) in asemic restructure(s).
DRAWING A DAY
On-going from 30th January to 11th March
Andy Black is an artist whose work involves constructing drawings of spaces using an alphabet of forms. He makes works on paper in the main but more recently has used these forms to create large scale wall drawings. Originally from North Wales, Andy studied at Cardiff School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. He currently teaches Fine Art and Art History at Scarborough School of Arts. He has had his work selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and recent exhibitions have included:
'Fields and Gardens' - BayArt Cardiff - solo show March/ April 2016
'To Draw to be Human Part III' - 20:21, Scunthorpe
‘The Scarborough Prison Drawing Project’ – February 2016.
Bristow & Lloyd
Bristow & Lloyd is a collaborative arts project that playfully encourages people to come together to think, laugh, discuss, or share in some small way. Initiated in 2009 between community worker Lisa Bristow and visual artist and lecturer Christian Lloyd, they have used written and spoken word, typography and zines to explore how we govern our domestic spaces, amateur local history, and self-help guides, amongst other topics.
Ben is an animator, illustrator and interactive designer with over 15 years experience. He has worked as an animator on a number of broadcast animation productions including the BAFTA award-winning series Charlie And Lola.
Kristyna is an illustrator, comic book artist and designer who lives in Leeds. Kristyna’s illustration work has won a Northern Design Award and her comics have been nominated twice for British Comic Awards. More recently, her comic ‘Hand Me Down’ was nominated for Best Short at the 2016 Eisner Awards.
Andy studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds. He is a practicing designer, artist and academic. Andy left commercial graphic design to work independently; to try and deliver adventurous design across the arts, community and third sectors. He’s interested in creative work that communicates in the public realm, be it type, books, environmental design or public art. His practice attempts to converge the positive disciplines inherent in graphic design with the creative reach of artistic enquiry.
Andy has extensive experience of cross-disciplinary collaborations with artists, architects, writers, public bodies and community organisations.
Beth Dawson is a silversmith, designer/maker and illustrator based in Leeds. Beth also works as a part-time lecturer on the BA Graphics Arts and Design course at Leeds Beckett University and a tutor in visual communications at The Open College of Arts.
She completed a BA in Graphic Arts in 2005 at Leeds Metropolitan and a masters in Sequential Design and Illustration in 2012 at the University of Brighton where she won an AHRC research preparation masters scholarship for her study.
Jill Gibbon is an artist and activist, interested in the subversive possibilities of drawing. She generally draws where she is not supposed to – in military bases, arms fairs, and corporate AGMs. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, US and is in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum.
FROM FRONT PAGE TO FRONT LINE - WILLIAM WINTERCROSS
The exhibition will focus on a culmination of work spanning the photojournalist’s career to date; from his first work for the Ngami Times in Botswana to his war reportage in Mali and Syria, photographing the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The retrospective brings together a broad selection of Will’s most powerful and unforgettable images.
The comprehensive showcase will present a chronological selection of his most poignant and best known reportage. The exhibition commences with a selection of his early professional photography, featuring his first nationally published image on the front page of The Financial Times whilst still a student on work experience.
Will Wintercross is a contributing photo and video journalist for The Daily Telegraph based in London and has been shortlisted for various awards, including Photojournalist of the Year for the last two years. In 2001 aged 19 he began his career reporting for the Ngami Times, a weekly paper in Maun, Botswana. This solid grounding led to more challenging work situations; living for a month and documenting life in Romanian sanatoriums in 2002, then working with Médicins Sans Frontières in refugee camps in Angola and Zambia in 2003. More recent work has focused on covering the civil wars in Mali and Syria, the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the earthquake in Nepal and the refugee crisis in the Balkans and Libya. Will has also shot assignments in Egypt, Kenya, Eastern Europe, the USA and China. All of these experiences have led him to specialise in foreign assignments: a month rarely passes without him working overseas.
On Display from 23rd October to 11th December
The Artworks 1830 Gallery presents, ‘From a line to...’ which is a year of exhibitions and activities promoting the importance of drawing and its capacity to transform lives. ‘From a line to…’ will go on to include ‘The Bulging Portfolio of Quentin Blake’, ‘State of Line’ (a group survey show of contemporary drawing) and ‘Drawing a Day’ (an artist led, generative residency and exhibition). The ‘From a line to…’ programme opens on the 23rd of October with John Hyatt’s ‘The Creative Spiral’, an exhibition exploring nature, art and maths through digital print, digital sculpture, video, drawing and painting.
‘The Creative Spiral’ is the result of artist John Hyatt’s scientific experiments with vibrating sand. Interested in observing phenomena at a human scale without the need for expensive microscopes or telescopes, Hyatt built his own kitchen-sink lab equipment to observe how sand moves in wave forms and spirals when vibrated. From this experimental research Hyatt has made hypotheses about form in the natural world and how it evolves from vibration and feedback loops, continually passing through its own centre. He has tested these theories through further playful, creative experimentation in his art. His Digital 3D Model sculptures are derived from derived geometric principles and mutated in cyberspace to manifest as objects. His paintings are the result of drawing a repeated spiral at different scales millions of times over.
For this new exhibition at The Artworks, Hyatt has worked with mathematician, Jon Borresen to explore the spiral form and we show a creative cornucopia of results from their trans- disciplinary inquiry into the dynamic shape that they term, ‘The Creative Spiral’.
John Hyatt – Brief Biography
John is an artist: painter, digital artist, video artist, photographer, designer, musician, printmaker,author, landscape designer and sculptor. Since 2010, Hyatt has exhibited in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Ireland, Portugal, Japan, the UK and the USA. Best known to music fans as the lead singer/songwriter with legendary Leeds band, The Three Johns, he has a long and varied career with involvement in cultural practices, pedagogy, industry, urban regeneration, and communities.
As a Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, following 10 years as Head of Fine Art, Hyatt originated and developed the Research Institute, MIRIAD, and as its Director for 15 years he made it the UK’s 5th highest-rated arts research centre.
In September 2016, John moved to become Professor in Contemporary Art at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design where he currently works, appropriately, from the John Lennon Building.
Jon Borresen – Brief Biography
Jon works in the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University. As a mathematician, Jon Borresen’s interest lies in how complex systems of individual things interact and how our observations on these things can depend on where we stand or through what medium we view them. Through this collaboration with John Hyatt, Jon Borresen, the scientist, has also turned artist and is using his maths expertise to make paintings that explore the illusion of perspective.
The Artworks 1830 Gallery in Halifax presents an exhibition of photographs, sculptural books and songs by artists Adele Jackson and Lucy Bergman, inspired by the environment, wildlife and cultural heritage of Antarctica.
The name of this exhibition takes inspiration from the circular 60° southern line of latitude that defines the geographical extent of the Antarctic Treaty. The treaty is the international agreement that preserves Antarctica as a place of peace and scientific research where the natural environment is protected against exploitation.
Adele's photographs, which offer a glimpse into Antarctica, were taken during her visits there between 2014 – 2016. For the past three seasons Adele has worked in Antarctica as photographer on board MS Fram, a Norwegian polar expedition ship; and as base leader at Port Lockroy, the flagship operation of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.
During the exhibition, Lucy's songs can be listened to via the Seafarer Listening Station, an adapted 1960's radio. Lucy has written a cycle of five songs which weave personal themes of love, loss, exploration and frailty through the landscape and wildlife of Antarctica.
The hope is that the music and images can be experienced together, enhancing the enjoyment of each.
The exhibition preview will take place on Friday the 5thAugust at 7 pm. The Preview will feature an artist talk and presentation led by Adele and a live musical performance of the songs by Lucy and special guest musicians Karl Eden, Joe Hollick (of Wolf People) and Mark Tattersall.
On Display from 10th June - 29th June
The 1830 Gallery is proud to announce a Refugee Week Calderdale project Arte Libre. Refugee Week Calderdale is the community group that celebrates migration through art and culture. The exhibition, which has been organised by Refugee Week Calderdale, aims to bring people from diverse cultural backgrounds together in order to raise cross cultural awareness, and challenge preconceived ideas through participating in fun, inspiring and collaborative activities.
Katie Fawcett, project co-ordinator for Arte Libre says ‘We wanted to provide people with opportunities for thought provoking, creative experiences that not only develop skills and strengthen friendships but provide a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere for discussion and self-expression’.
‘Refugee Week Calderdale applied for the grant from Peoples health trust as it was too good an opportunity to miss. Its aims were to bring people together through art and over time, develop new skills but also new friendships. The project is aimed at tackling isolation and increasing community involvement’ says Audrey Smith chair of Refugee Week Calderdale. The year long programme was designed to bring people together and help reveal their individual artistic interests with the goal of the project culminating in an exhibition.
Artist and Artworks tutor Harriet Lawton worked in collaboration with Refugee Week Calderdale staff to design and deliver the programme. Harriet says “We wanted participants to have enough time to invest in a meaningful artistic process and develop relationships as well as artistic skill”.
There are 24 participants in the Arte Libre project from countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda as well as people who have lived in Halifax most of their lives. Everyone has had the chance to take part in artistic sessions that explore different mediums such as self-portraiture, textile design, photography and collage. Everyone involved has also developed their own piece of self-initiated work on the theme of freedom which will be exhibited in the Arte Libre group show.
Refugee Week Calderdale take the lead in organising Calderdale Neighbours Day as well other ongoing activities to bring people together to build relationships and learn from each other. They have delivered numerous arts based projects in schools and community groups across the borough.
You can check out their website http://refugeeweek.moonfruit.com/ or follow them on twitter @refugeewkcalder
CARGO iN tHE BLOOD - RUSSELL MILLS
From the 22nd February to 19th April
Russell's diverse practice spans art, sound and installation. 'Cargo in the Blood' will focus on 30 works created for Nine Inch Nails 2013 'Hesitation Marks' album. It will also feature the brand new installation 'Now Then', a first for The Artworks as it will be located in a cellar in the depths of our Grade II listed mill.
THE MENDING ROOM - CHRISTINE HALSEY
From the 19th September to 25th October
In her first solo exhibition, artist Christine Halsey explores the original context of The Artworks 1830 Gallery, situated in a former West Yorkshire textile mill. Through a range of 2D, 3D and digital mediums, Halsey presents her personal responses to the traditional mill setting and its historical associations.
THE PIG IN ART - JOHN ROSS
LET ME OUT, I HAVEN’T FINISHED YET! - PHIL SHAW
‘As a child I would spend hours wondering whether I could actually see the point of a pin, I would imagine ever decreasing states of pointedness but never arriving at the point itself. I was, and still am fascinated by things which are not what they appear-puzzles, paradoxes and contradictions, the enigma of consciousness and the ultimate comedy of life.’
FOUR WAY STREET
PAUL SLATER RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION
Paul Slater is one of the greatest British illustrators of the past fifty years, voted the “Illustrators Illustrator” by his profession. His wild inventions might be simply described as Will Heath Robinson meets Rene Magritte who meets Bruce Bairnsfather, before bumping into Fred Dibnah before they all go to the Shoulder of Mutton. This retrospective show of Slater’s work has everything; great drawing, wonderful techniques, and a comic subject matter which would make a long dried corpse laugh.
Born in Burnley in 1953, Paul Slater was raised as a foundling in a canal side dye works. Over the years Paul’s quixotic works have graced the pages of every British broadsheet and their sister magazines. Keeping in line with previous high quality shows such as Ralph Steadman and Phil Shaw, The Artworks 1830 Gallery demonstrates again its ability to attract top drawer work from the broadest range of specialisms and genres this country has to offer.
WORLD OF WILD INVENTION - RALPH STEADMAN
One of Britains most important artists and cartoonists, Ralph Steadman, held a major retrospective at our 1830 Gallery between October and December of 2013.
Steadman is perhaps most famous for his long collaboration with the writer Hunter S Thompson, especially his illustrations for the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He is recently back from transatlantic travels with the actor Johnny Depp, who stared in the film version of the book. Depp has made a film ‘For Not Good Reason’, about Steadman's work and their shared connection with Thompson.
The exhibition ranges from his earliest work in 1956, through material featured in Rolling Stone, Private Eye, Punch, The New Statesman and the Observer. There will also be material from his wonderfully illustrated books, Sigmund Freud, Alice in Wonderland, I Leonardo, The Big I Am and Animal Farm. This internationally significant exhibition, also includes work from his Berlin series, the wine drawings, scathing political cartoons, humanitarian pictures as well as his joyful childrens illustrations.