Librarian’s Choice 2019

01 January - 30 June 2019

The Librarian’s Choice exhibitions are on display at our Blenheim Walk Library by appointment only. Please contact Catriona McAra, University Curator, to make an appointment at or 0113 202 8263.

Darryl Cunningham

14 February – 21 March 2019

Curated by Nick Norton

Darryl Cunningham is an alumnus of Leeds Arts University, a writer and cartoonist. His published works include Psychiatric Tales (Blank Slate, 2010), Science Tales (Myriad Editions, 2013), Supercrash (Myriad Editions, 2014) and Graphic Science (Myriad Editions, 2017).

In 2018 he was awarded an Honorary MA from Leeds Arts University. His online profile states his interests are: art cartooning mental health photography papier-mâché craft writing sculpture nursing music movies some other stuff.

The graphic art of Cunningham betrays a steely capacity for research, and an urge to present the world with clarity. His simplicity of line and a deliberately reduced colour palette, allows the reader’s eye an ease of approach, and then we – the reader – suddenly realise how devastating the worlds Cunningham depicts are. The incisive reduction of form and narrative expands the reading experience toward larger and larger horizons. It turns out that we too want to look at some other stuff.


Artist’s talk: Thursday 14 February 5pm

Join us for a talk by Darryl Cunningham to launch his display of work as part of our Librarian's Choice exhibition in our brand new library at Blenheim Walk. Refreshments will be provided and entry is free. Please email University Curator, Dr Catriona McAra, at to book your place. Staff and students do not need to book.

Image: Courtesy of Darryl Cunningham.

Joey Chin

4 April – 16 May 2019

Curated by Nick Norton

Books given, books received: this collection of work makes strange and fascinating the very physicality of book. Domesticity, daydreaming, childhood, and loving memory: As the object is restaged, so we see afresh the residue of a book’s history – his stories and her stories. Chin invites us to imagine or reconstruct the emotional heft of the reading act and its trace.

Deploying both visual and language based narrative, Joey Chin (1986) is a poet and artist. She collaborated with the Leeds Arts University Library previously for Library Interventions: Moving Knowledge (2018). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the City University of Hong Kong, and her work has received scholarships, grants, and awards from numerous organisations including the Royal Over-seas League Arts (UK), the Dorothy Cheung Foundation, the National Arts Council (Singapore), the Run Run Shaw Library (Hong Kong), and the American Anthropological Association.

Image: Joey Chin, Mother Mother We Fight Our Own Wars, 2018. Mixed media. Image courtesy of the artist.

  • 01 January - 30 June 2019
  • Blenheim Walk Library, Leeds Arts University, LS2 9AQ (Get Directions)