The Cutting Table

When

28 April - 5 July 2023

Location

Blenheim Walk

Visiting hours

By appointment

Left) Lucy Gresley, Bitch, paper collage on vintage postcard, 2022. (Right) Lucy Gresley, Stonemason I & II, paper collage on vintage postcard, 2022

Left) Lucy Gresley, Bitch, paper collage on vintage postcard, 2022. (Right) Lucy Gresley, Stonemason I & II, paper collage on vintage postcard, 2022

Co-curated by Sarah Eyre and the Curatorial Team

Collage can be loosely defined as a technique that selects, cuts, and pieces together materials to construct new things. The Cutting Table exhibition encompasses photomontage, assemblage, sculpture, animation, illustration, creative writing, and design to celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of collage. The work in the exhibition shows the many ways in which collage techniques can be used; as a pedagogic tool, as a research process, and as a discipline in its own right.

In terms of the hierarchy of disciplines within the art world, it would be fair to say that collage lurks in the margins, maybe because it is a technique used by artists, crafters, and non-trained artists alike. But, collage is a practice that actively draws on, reshapes, and subverts the visual tropes of popular culture, its marginal status enabling it to be employed as a critical tool to explore the complex social, economic, and cultural contexts we inhabit. The work in this exhibition shows that collage is still very much relevant as a practice associated with the creation of new forms and ideas. Whether it be analogue or digital collage, there is a continued embrace of found or waste materials, with the artists continuing to reuse, recycle and re-shape what is already out there.

The Cutting Table exhibition makes visible the connections between creative disciplines at Leeds Arts University with work exhibited drawn from students, staff, alumnae and artists beyond the University.

The exhibition includes work by Teigen Bashford, Joanna Byrne, Paula Chambers, Sarah Eyre, Isabella Forbes, Amelia Forrester, Marina Ghevondjan, Lucy Gresley, Aliyah Hussain, Sophia Matty, Lesley-Ann O'Connell, Caroline Riches, Lisa Risbec, David Steans, Kate Street, and Ruby Tingle. The exhibition also contains works made by Level 4 students from BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication and BA (Hons) Fashion Photography.

This exhibition is available to view from 10:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday by appointment only for external visitors. Please email curatorial@leeds-art.ac.uk to make an appointment. Staff and students are not required to make an appointment.

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