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Turning Point Yorkshire and Humber has cultivated a welcome new spirit of collaboration within the region...


Courtesy of Yorkshire Sculpture ParkPeter Murray, Executive Director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park comments on the new strategy, 'A Voice for the Visual Arts'...

"Turning Point Yorkshire and Humber has cultivated a welcome new spirit of collaboration within the region, and YSP is delighted to be involved as the strategy moves forward. The essence of the strategy is the united voice, which speaks for the region and for the visual arts as a whole, galvanising support through the difficult times we all face. This enthusiasm reflects the strength and richness of visual arts in Yorkshire and the Humber and our vision for how access to art can be a meaningful and unforgettable part of people's lives."

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Turning Point Yorkshire and Humber launch a new Strategy, ‘A Voice for the Visual Arts’ 

‘The arts are an essential part of life, communicating ideas, feelings, and experiences. By working together we will help them to survive and thrive.’
This is the message from visual arts professionals across Yorkshire and Humber.

A new Strategy, ‘A Voice for the Visual Arts’, has just been launched by Turning Point Yorkshire and Humber (TPYH) who aim to develop a new and dynamic force for the visual arts in the region.

 The Strategy is guided by a set of three key aims:

-         The visual arts will thrive in this region through our collective vision, strength, collaboration and profile. The sector will benefit by working together to deliver shared ambition.

-         We aim to make the arts accessible to meaningful participation and enjoyment by a diverse range of people visiting and working in the region.

-         We want practitioners to stay and be attracted to a region which can offer a range of resources for the development of skills, creativity, production, exhibition and critical debate.

Read more and download the strategy


Hospitality: Axis and a-n have launched a new programme of dynamic, practice-led discussions on hospitality, space and contemporary art making...


Wednesday 16th February 2011 5.30 – 7pm
East Street Arts, Union 105, 105 Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3HY
FREE, booking essential please email judit.bodor@esaweb.org.uk or telephone 0113 248 0040 ext 207.

Speakers: artists Jeanne Van Heeswijk and Institute for the Practice of Art & Dissent at Home

Chair: Nuno Sacramento, Director, Scottish Sculpture Workshop

This discussion aims to explore the cultural value of hospitality, defined as ‘the relationship between guest and host’ or the ‘act of being hospitable’. What is the responsibility of the host in relation to arts practice? What happens when artists are also hosts? Do communities host art spaces, or are they always interlopers? Is there room within the current economic climate for artists to take a more ‘rock and roll’ attitude to being guests, or indeed hosts? Do hosts have an obligation to tolerate guests, however disagreeable? Are artist-led initiatives the best way for artists to take control of the guest-host axis? What is the relationship between hospitality and intimacy?

‘Hospitality’ is part of ‘Artists and Curators Talking’ a new programme of dynamic, practice-led discussions on hospitality, space and contemporary art making, researched and directed by artist, curator and writer Sonya Dyer and produced as a partnership between Axis and a-n.

Visit the a-n website  or the Axis website  for information on future events in the series.




Summer arts activities wanted for North Yorkshire arts guide  

Pic courtesy: National Trust, Beningbrough HallDeadline: Mon 7 February

Family friendly arts events/activities (happening May to August 2011) are wanted for a North Yorkshire leaflet guide. The events should be suitable for adults and children (not children-only events) these could include music, festivals, dance, theatre,  visual arts/crafts, street arts, puppetry – anything that has a creative feel...

There is no cost for being included but events are screened on the basis of how well they fit with our target audience and geographical spread.

Please send event info i.e. Title / description / prices /  booking info & images (1/event) to pr@janeredfern.co.uk by Mon 7 February.

The leaflet is being produced as part of the MORE ARTS marketing campaign, led by North Yorkshire County Council’s Arts Officer, Gillian Wall  which aims to increase arts participation across North Yorkshire (funded by  North Yorkshire County Council/Arts Council)


Lost Languages and other voices

Impressions Gallery
Joy Gregory

24th Nov - 19th Feb 2011
Lost Languages and other voices is the first major retrospective of work by Joy Gregory, one of the most significant artists to emerge from the Black British photography movement of the 1980s. Spanning twenty years the exhibition brings together fourteen bodies of work exploring race, history and gender, encompassing a wide range of photographic media from digital video installations to Victorian printing techniques. The title of the exhibition refers to the works Gomera (2008) and Kalahari (2009) in which Gregory draws attention to the cultural importance of marginalised African indigenous languages. Journeys feature recurrently in Gregory’s work, which has been made in diverse locations including South Africa, the Orkneys, Sri Lanka, and the Caribbean. 

To read more go to www.impressions-gallery.com/exhibitions

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