Boundaries and raw edges feature in new Sunny Bank Mills exhibition

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Raw Edge – A new exhibition in the Art Gallery at Sunny Bank Mills

9th July – 28th August

Raw Edge brings together the multi-disciplinary work of members of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group as they explore and respond to the notion of boundaries and raw edges.

This vivid exploration of materiality finds the artists drawing upon and engaging with both traditional materials – such as wood, stone and ceramics – as well as found objects and repurposed materials, through a variety of processes and methods.

Viscus by Melanie Wilks

This ranges from the traditional to the digital, in order to examine and interrogate the complex boundaries that stem from the relationships between objects, societies and the human condition.

Sunny Bank Mills’ history as a textile mill is also drawn upon widely in this exhibition, as artists such as Victoria Ferrand Scott and Linda Thompson interrogate the textile industry’s conflicts with femininity, process, and tradition.

Reflecting on the notion of ‘the edge’, the work in this thought-provoking exhibition engages with the omnifarious boundaries inherent to the human experience: political borders; the perimeters of the female experience; the tensions of colonial legacy; the borderline between industrialisation and the natural world.

Featuring work from; Garry Barker, Sally Barker, Paula Chambers, Liadin Cooke, Victoria Ferrand Scott, Patrick Ford, Shelia Gaffney, Deborah Gardner, Carole Griffiths, Joanne Hall, Christine Halsey, Vincent James, Linda Thompson, Melanie Wilks, Nicholas Vaughan.

Free entry. The Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10-4pm; Sunday 12-4pm. Closed Monday. Find out more information here. Follow us on Twitter: @sunnybankmills; Facebook/sunnybankmillsgallery; Instagram: sunnybankmills.

Skippko at Sunny Bank 

14th July – 17th July

Anthony Haddon

Since October 1988, Skippko has been one of Leeds’ leading visual arts organisations specialising in engagement, advocacy, bringing communities together; enabling the lives of ordinary people in Leeds to be celebrated, marked and remembered.

During the first lockdown in March 2020, when many of Skippko’s artists’ work dried up overnight, they commissioned all 18 of their artists to reflect on creativity during lockdown and isolation.

From 14 – 17 July you can explore the results of this commission on the first floor of the iconic 1912 Mill.

Anne Crowther

With photography, print, textiles, audio, animation, sculpture and performance, it’s a diverse and fascinating show and includes an events programme: 

Friday 15 July 2-4pm: Meet the artists – several of the artists will be in the mill, come along to find out more about their inspiration. At 3pm, Emily Whittaker will give a poetry reading.

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July 10am-4pm and 12pm-4pm: tarot card readings – Oscar Stafford aka Quentin Crisp will be in the mill and ready to read your tarot cards.

Sunday 17 July 1pm and 2.30pm: Anthony Haddon presents ‘Where is Fairyland’ a show for
children and adults. Booking required.

The exhibition and events are free. Find our more information and book for Where is Fairyland click here.


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