Artwork will show legacy of Kirkstall Forge founder Betty Beecroft

8 September 2019

Armley-based Leeds Industrial Museum is seeking an artist to work on a new commission for its forthcoming exhibition, Leeds to Innovation.

This exhibition will tell the stories of some of the change-makers from the city across three hundred years of history.

One of the people organisers would like to feature is Betty Beecroft, the founder of the historic Kirkstall Forge industrial site.

They’re looking to commission an artist to create a new 2D work based on the only known image of her, and the legacy of her work.

This work will re-interpret Betty Beecroft’s life and create a focal point for her story in the exhibition space, which opens in October.

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Leeds Industrial museum at Armley Mills

Leeds Industrial Museum will provide some background research on Betty Beecroft and Kirkstall Forge to support the artist, as well as access to the published copy of the original portrait of her.

The successful applicant will work closely with the Projects Curator and Curator of Industry to create a new work for display responding to her life.

More details available here.

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