The School of Performance and Cultural Industries

New Stages

New Stages 2008

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New stages 2008

New Stages is a two-day festive celebration of the creative work produced by postgraduate students in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries.  This year we have collaborated with two other schools in the Faculty: Fine Art and Music and the programme reflects this interdisciplinarity with joint projects in dance and sonic art and new writing, painting and sculpture. New Stages will act as a platform for new performance, new writing and new thinking in the Cultural Industries, combining workshops, performances and distinguished external speakers in a packed two-day programme.

As part of the festival’s activities, we are delighted to welcome three key speakers and major players in the industry Jane Featherstone (Chief Executive of Kudos producers of the BBC’s Spooks and Hustle), Diederick Santer (Executive Producer of Eastenders) and Eric Poettschacher, founder of the online networking tool for creative entrepreneurs, Shapeshifters.

Both Jane Featherstone (German and History) and Diederick Santer (Psychology) are alumni of the university and we are delighted to welcome them back to contribute to our Desirable Destinations slot in the festival.
Admission is free but you will need to book early to secure your place.

Contacts:
stage@leeds box office – 0113 343 8730
Anita Fridlington – a.fridlington@leeds.ac.uk – festival secretary
Jonathan Pitches – j.pitches@leeds.ac.uk  – festival director

Programme

The programme this year combines a wide range of talents from within the School and beyond.  Key speakers from the creative industries appear alongside MA and PhD students from Writing, Theatre and Performance, Fine Art, and Music.  Click on the left to select the programme by day – or come to both days and spend the whole of the festival with us.

In this section:

Friday 29th Feburary

Images from Fine Arts Students related to the Tales of Iris Project on display in the Stage@Leeds Foyer

12.00pm-1.00pm
Haili Heaton
: Shangai Yue Opera Workshop and Demonstration [Dance Studio]

1.00-1.30pm
Registration & Coffee [stage@leeds Foyer]

1.30-2.00pm
Book Launch: Dr Kara McKechnie: Alan Bennett [stage@leeds Foyer]

2.00-2.15pm
Haili Heaton: Shangai Yue Opera Demonstration [Stage One]

2.15-4.00pm
New Writings: New (and less new!) Performances Introduced by Jonathan Pitches.

Including:
Leila De Vito: Suicide Bees (10 mins) [Stage One]
Justine Warden: She’s Funny That way (15 mins)  [Stage One]
Sam Payne
: The Man with the Plastic Heart (20 mins) ) [Stage One]
James Sutcliffe
: The Ephemerality of Me (20 mins) [Alec Clegg Studio]

4.10-4.30 Coffee

4.30-5.30 Stage One:
Desirable Destinations 1:
Jane Featherstone (Kudos) including Q+A
Chaired by Garry Lyons

5.45-7.00 Stage One:
Desirable Destinations 2:
Eric Pöttschacher: Shapeshifters
Chaired by Justin O’Connor

EVENING:
An opportunity to see Forced Entertainment’s Bloody Mess at the West Yorkshire Playhouse!

Saturday 1st March

Parallel Workshops and Panels

11.00am-1.00pm
Workshop 1 and 2 in parallel:

1) Local playwright Chris Thorpe  MMF G11a
2) Oliver Bray, Until Thursday and Leeds Met MMF G14

1.00-2.00pm
Lunch Break

2.00-3.30
Desirable Destinations 3:
Diederick Santer including Q+A [Stage One]

3.30-4.00 Coffee [stage@leeds Foyer]

4.00-5.00
MAWPP Collective: Tales of Iris [Stage One]

5.00-5.30 Break

5.30-6.30
Adam Strickson: These Eyes (including poetry reading) [AlecClegg Studio]

6.30-7.30 Break

EVENING

7.30-9.00: New Performance Double Header

7.30-8.00:
Jenny Lawson
: Dinner with Jenny [Stage One]

8.00-8.30:
Wine and Nibbles [stage@leeds Foyer]

8.30-9.00:
Briony Marston
: Bloodline [Stage One]

Speakers

The theme for our external speakers this year is Desirable Destinations. Come along to hear how each of them has managed to engineer their particular path to success.

Jane Featherstone

Jane Featherstone is joint managing director of Kudos Film and TV. Jane joined Kudos in 2000 as Head of Drama, having previously worked as a freelance producer for Hat Trick, Wall to Wall and United Pictures. She has developed and series produced the first series of Spooks (Winner of BAFTA, RTS and Broadcast awards), Kudos’ major new drama which finished its 6-week run on BBC 1 in June 2002, to tremendous ratings success and widespread critical acclaim. Jane has executive produced the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth series of Spooks and is currently executive producing Spooks 7.

In 2003 Jane also executive produced another major new series for BBC 1, Hustle written and created by Tony Jordan. The second series of Hustle was transmitted at the beginning of 2005, the third in 2006 and Hustle 4 transmitted in May 2007. Jane also executive produced two pioneering TV films, both for Channel 4. Pleasureland (winner of RTS Best Newcomer Award for Katie Lyon) was a major critical and ratings hit, and was lauded for its bravery and authenticity. Comfortably Numb (Winner of Directors Guild Award) a collaboration with director Leo Regan, resulted in one of the year’s most original and daring television programmes. Jane and Stephen Garrett, her partner at Kudos, executive produced the feature film Pure, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Some of Jane’s most recent productions include Life on Mars, an 8 part primetime series for BBC 1, created by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah, starring John Simm, aired to extremely high ratings and great critical acclaim (winner of the Banff Best Drama Series, A Broadcast award for Best New Programme and an International Emmy for Best Drama Series). Jane recently executive produced some new and exciting dramas for Kudos including Scars, by writer/director Leo Regan, starring Jason Isaacs, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard a six part series by Sally Wainwright, starring Jane Horrocks, a two part mini-series for the BBC that received three Golden Globe nominations, Tsunami; The Aftermath by Abi Morgan, starring Tim Roth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Toni Collette, Sophie Okonedo, and a single drama, Wide Sargasso Sea which brings to screen Jean Rhys’s passionate story of the first Mrs Rochester. She also recently executive produced a one off for C4, Secret Life by writer/director Rowan Joffe as well as the second series of Life on Mars.

These projects complement a slate of TV projects that the team have recently completed for different broadcasters including Moving Wallpaper & Echo Beach for ITV1, The Fixer for ITV1 and Ashes to Ashes for the BBC.

Jane is joint Managing Director of Kudos.

Diederick Santer

Diederick Santer is currently Executive Producer, EastEnders, a position he took up in Autumn 2006.

He graduated from the University of Leeds in 1991 with a degree in Psychology and the History and Philosophy of Science.

His TV career began in 1996 as a freelance script reader for United Productions before becoming Script Editor on the first two series of Where The Heart Is.

Diederick moved to Granada where he script-edited the first two series of A&E and The Last Train before joining BBC Drama Series & Serials in 2000, where he produced the first three series of Debbie Horsfield’s hit hairdressing drama Cutting It.

Diederick produced The Taming of the Shrew and the Bafta-nominated Much Ado About Nothing for BBC One, and his 2006 production of Jane Eyre was a huge audience and critical hit, attracting numerous Bafta and Emmy nominations.

After Jane Eyre he made the move to EastEnders where, as Executive Producer, he is responsible for every aspect of the show from story and script, through to casting and publicity.  In 2007 EastEnders was nominated for a Bafta, won the National Television Award for Best Soap, and got the highest rating for any TV show that year (14.4m) with its Christmas Day episode.

Eric Poettschacher

Shapeshifters GmbH was founded by Eric Poettschacher and a Boston based business angel in 2006. For the last 13 years he and his team have been researching and consulting organizations that think and operate off the beaten path. He has worked with Giorgio Armani designers as well as UN institutions. Since February 2006 he has been travelling the world in order to explore the success principles of Business Outlaws and seed www.shapeshifters.net as an online working tool fostering globalization with a human face. Eric documents extraordinary businesses as others collect rare butterflies. He has an undying passion for out-of-the-box-thinking and management principles that connect money and meaning.

Artists

James Sutcliffe

Title: THE EPHEMERALITY OF ME

Throughout his childhood James wanted to be a vicar.  Since then he has converted to atheism and has realised that the closest occupation to the ministry is that of the performer.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In this performance the audience can expect to see fragments of James’s life.  Through collecting and displaying memories, James explores ephemera, memory and trauma.

Jenny Lawson

Title: DINNER WITH JENNY

Jenny Lawson: Solo performer and practice PhD student in the school of PCI researching food and performance, currently exploring food, space and the body at the dinner table.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Dinner with Jenny

How sad it is to sit and pine
The long half hour before we dine…!

Jenny is preparing dinner for one
She will arrive alone
She will sit alone
Jenny is that lonely figure eating a lonely dinner
Jenny’s table is set for whatever might happen …

…when Jenny invites only herself…

Adam Strickson (poet/performer) with Tom Merry (percussion)

Title: THESE EYES

Original music by Emma Nenadic and steel cage designed by Antonia Stowe.

CONTRIBUTORS

ADAM STRICKSON is studying for a collaborative PhD (PVAC/Opera North) in libretto writing and teaches Creative Writing within the University. After working extensively with Horse and Bamboo Theatre and other visual theatre companies, he founded the intercultural Chol Theatre and was artistic director for 13 years, including projects in Bangladesh and India. Since 2002, he has been a freelance writer, with commissions including Poet in Residence at the Ilkley Literature Festival and direction of the acclaimed film ‘Double Portraits’ based on the testimonies of Holocaust Survivors and Asylum Seekers, recently shown at Newcastle’s Guildhall Gallery and Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

TOM MERRY studied Music at the University of Huddersfield and works as a peripatetic percussion teacher for Kirklees MC, as well as a freelance performer.

Composer EMMA NENADIC is from Leeds and is just completing her studies at York University. She participated in the famed Dartington International Summer School where she studied with Miguel Mera and in Orkney on the composers’ course, under the instruction of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Her piece ‘Across Borders’, written for the Kriesler Ensemble, was premiered at the St Magnus Festival in June 2007. In autumn 2007, she wrote the music for ‘The Cage’, a performance and educational project about contemporary child slavery directed by Adam Strickson. Alongside composition, she studies classical piano and is a keen singer and songwriter.


Sculptor ANTONIA STOWE, also from Leeds, was the designer of ‘The Cage’ and of ‘Six Million+’, an installation about the Holocaust and genocides since the Second World War which includes ‘Double Portraits’. She helps to run Leeds Sculpture Workshop and is involved in urban design and sculpture in plaster, metal, mirror and other materials. Much of her work is ‘site-specific’ and she works with developers, architects, landscape architects and engineers. Recent work ranges from a giant sheep in Holbeck, to sculptures for Leeds City Council’s entry to the Chelsea Flower Show. More can be found out about her at www.antoniastowe.com

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Commissioned by Kirklees Museums and Galleries for Holocaust Memorial Day, These eyes is scored for marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, steel cage and spoken text. The source material is the experiences of a child soldier from the Sudan. A performance of poetry emerging from life stories of people ‘on the edge’ follows.

WEB LINKS

www.bbc.co.uk

 

(for articles on Adam Strickson’s writing and visual arts work)

Briony Marston

Title: BLOODLINE SUB24

in association with Audio-Visual Ventures

Adam Longbottom is currently completing a PhD at the University of Leeds dealing with audio-visual composition and music technology. He is the founder of Audio-Visual Ventures, producing graphic and audio creations, including logos, soundscapes and musical soundtracks.

Briony Marston graduated in 1999 from De Montfort University BA Dance/Theatre. She is currently working towards her MA Performance Studies at the University of Leeds, alongside teaching dance full-time. In 2006 she co-founded SUB24, a contemporary nightclub performance company.

Danny Thompson graduated in 2005 from De Montfort University BA Dance. He has since performed in live dance pieces, dance for the camera and installations. He is currently working towards a PGCE at the University of Leeds and is co-founder of SUB24.

Laura Ager graduated Nottingham Trent University BA Fashion Design and went on to design her own clubwear brand, Automaton.
She is currently working towards her MA in Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at the University of Leeds.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Bloodline is an audio-visual production based on sleep paralysis. It comprises live musicians, dancers and an original soundtrack, which mixes techno beats with choral soundscape.

Christopher Soul

CREATIVE PRODUCER, WRITER AND ARTIST FOR ‘TALES OF IRIS’

Chris is a recent Fine Art graduate from Leeds University. He has produced paintings, animated paintings and documentaries.

Last year he exhibited at ‘States of Art’, a massive exhibition of nearly 70 artists.

He is currently taking an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication, which has included writing, producing, organizing and exhibiting artwork for ‘Tales of Iris.’ His research interests include alchemy, mythology, memory, painting and experimental writing. Out of university he enjoys recording songs. He hopes to set up more creative collaborations in the future as well as find time to finish and publish a couple of novels.

Justine Warden

Justine Warden previously studied at University of East Anglia for a Diploma in Creative Writing. As a self employed plasterer, she decided to take a year out and continue her studies at Leeds on the MA Writing for Performance and Publication.

Title: She’s Funny That Way

Blanche, innocently incarcerated in a 50’s mental asylum, dreams of one day becoming the perfect homemaker. Just one things stopping her; she’s a man.

Leila De Vito

Title: SUICIDE BEES

On a beautiful July morning in 1984, Leila was born in the county that never sleeps (in its own bed): Essex. After a happy childhood spent talking to a stone owl in her back garden, imaginatively named ‘Owly’, Leila decided that she needed to get a life and, subsequently, ventured up north to the tropical city of Hull. Here she embarked upon a degree in philosophy and grew a long white beard. Leila is currently studying an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at Leeds Uni, which she is absolutely loving and hopes that it will help her achieve her dream of becoming a professional writer. Then she and Owly can finally marry.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Suicide Bees is a short monologue, approximately ten minutes in duration. The protagonist is a young bee called Aaron whose life falls apart when his father dies and his older brother, Wezzzz, is brainwashed into becoming a terrorist. Will Aaron be sucked into this world of fanaticism – or will he remain a simple honey bee?

Sam Payne


Samuel Payne is a MA student at the University of Leeds studying Writing for Performance and Publication. This is the fifth stage drama he has been involved with; previously working as a story developer and editor. He has had prose published in several anthologies and periodicals, produced radio plays for Leeds Student Radio, researched for BBC Worldwide and is currently completing a novella for Black Coat Press, to be published in 2009.

Title: THE MAN WITH THE PLASTIC HEART

In November 1982, Dr. Barney B. Clark’s failing heart was excised, replaced with the Jarvik-7 – the world’s first total artificial heart. ‘It’s the same, but different,’ he told reporters. After 121 days, as the device defiantly pumped, Dr. Clark was declared dead. Enduring 12,912,499 mechanical beats, had he ever truly lived?

Patrick Duggan

Patrick Duggan writes on, curates and creates performance and theatre. In 2002 he co-founded Crisis Theatre whilst completing his BA (Hons) at Warwick University. With the company his directorial credits include Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Christina Reid’s Did You Hear The One About The Irishman? and Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis. He has also been extensively involved in devising and performing work centring on physical limits, the body, duration and notions of contemporary masculinity.

In 2005, Patrick completed a MA at Queen Mary, University of London; he is currently a PhD researcher and visiting lecturer at PCI, University of Leeds. His research focus is on trauma in contemporary British and Irish performance. Recent publications include (Remembering) Untitled (commissioned for www.kiraoreilly.com, forthcoming); ‘Feeling Performance, Remembering Trauma’, Platform, Vol. 2, No. 2, Autumn 2007.

Haili Heaton

TITLE: Shanghai Yue Opera workshop and demonstration.

Haili Heaton was born in China and trained as a former cross-gender performer with the all-female Yue Opera of Shanghai from twelve. She appeared in The Butterfly Lovers, Beat the Princess, Number Eleven Boy and many other plays. In 2006, Haili was the Artistic Associate at the Central School of Speech and Drama for DisOrientation, a production used Yue opera as its main theme. She then played a leading role in the professional production of DisOrientation, which was mounted in collaboration between Border Crossings Theatre Company and Shanghai Yue Opera Theatre. Haili is currently a PhD researcher at School of Performance and Culture Industries on the thesis of Marketization of Shanghai Yue Opera at the turn of the 21st century.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The main focus of this workshop is on Chinese opera techniques. Participants will have the rare opportunity to learn about Chinese opera movements and by the end of the workshop you will have a deeper understanding of Chinese opera both aesthetically and practically. A cross dressing performance from The Love of the Butterfly will be demonstrated by Haili Heaton after the workshop.

Lynne Evans


Born in Castleford; and a member of the Heritage Poets for over twenty years, I am currently taking an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication. I hope to become a professional screenwriter. I enjoy writing, travel, and singing in Musicals: most recently a Victorian Christmas 2007, in the Spotlight Theatre

Project Title: The Era of the Tiger

Iris delivers an important message, but receives one herself: will the magical coat be made into a rug just to please the gods?

Tiger see tiger do tiger reap the earth to view.

Kara McKechnie

Kara McKechnie (2007), Alan Bennett, The Television Series, Manchester University Press.

Alan Bennett’s oeuvre is one where populist art forms and intellectually complex arguments co-exist, allowing the work to appeal to a wide audience. Bennett’s familiar voice combines both an appreciation for the past with a critical assessment of contemporary Britain. He has acted, written, directed, presented or edited in almost every conceivable dramatic medium, including stage, television, radio, film and print media. This book is the first to focus on his often neglected work for television, from the mid-1960s through to the present. It includes overviews of Bennett’s work in other media and emphasises the regionally specific, not least Yorkshire and his hometown, Leeds.

Kara McKechnie is a Lecturer in Dramaturgy and Literary Management in the School of PCI, where she is also Postgraduate Research Tutor. Her current research focuses on adaptation, intermediality, translation/ tradaptation and opera. She has worked as a freelance dramaturg and translator for Opera North and for West Yorkshire Playhouse recently.

Workshop Leaders

Chris Thorpe is a writer, deviser and performer from Manchester. He studied at the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds, from 1992-5.

Chris co-founded Unlimited Theatre with five fellow students and still works with the company nationally and internationally. He also writes and performs with Sheffield’s Third Angel.

He has written for many theatres including the National Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and translates new work, particularly from the Balkans. He he also writes drama for BBC Radio 4 and is just completing his first feature script for Ruby Films. He is a selector for the National Student Drama Festival.

Oliver Bray is Artistic Director of touring theatre company Until Thursday and is a Senior Lecturer in Performance Practice at Leeds Metropolitan University where he is also course leader for the BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practices. He is concerned with creating new theatre that addresses our current cultural climate whilst being concerned with accessibility and watchability – creating performance work that is risky, intelligent, edgy and innovative.

And the workshop…

Keeping it Real – Welcome to a Contemporary Reality

This workshop explores some key compositional strategies that may be used while creating performance work – also focusing on self consciousness in performance, telling the truth and what it means to look at an audience member in the eye.

TALES OF IRIS


A Play
By 9 Writers
Inspired by 11 Artists
A colloboration with the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Produced by Chris Soul
Directed by Jono Ayres and Rachel Winfield

Project Description:

At the dawn of creation, Iris, messenger to the Gods, is sent to live through the history of the Earth. As a symbol of the rainbow Iris will observe the emergence of humans, rationality, religion and robots through a journey that will test her sanity as well as those she meets…
‘Tales of Iris’ can be best described as a collaboration of the imaginations of nearly twenty creative individuals. It started with an idea of basing a play around the practices of selected artists from the School of Fine Art. Artists were simply asked to freely submit any artwork they would like to see used within a theatre space, offering up new interpretations of their practice. A board of writers then came together to select particular artworks and to base a narrative around them. The idea of Iris observing the history of the Earth was reached: an ambitious idea. Each writer then wrote a scene around their choosen artwork with Iris as the protagonist. It is an ambitious, dynamic, colourful and random project showcasing the talents of new and upcoming artists, writers and performers here at Leeds University.

WRITING TEAM

Adam Lowe


Adam Lowe is Editor-in-Chief of Polluto: The Anti-Pop Culture Journal and Features Editor of Bent. He runs Dog Horn Publishing with the aid of an ox and a frozen banana. He has written ‘From Wings to Cyberspace: Teledildonics & the Gendered Body’ for the University of Texas’ book Queering the Fantastic, and has released a hard house single with DJGRH. He currently lives in a squat with a fallen angel named Zippy, six lovers, a pet mango tree and the wreckage of the Roswell spaceship in his front room.

Features Editor – Bent
Editor-in-Chief – Polluto
Publisher/Editor – Dog Horn Publishing

Katherine Mann

Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Batchelor of Arts (Professional Writing) 2001-2004
Post Graduate Diploma in Literature 2007

Leeds University
Masters: Writing For Performance and Publication 2007/08

Ingrid Boyd


Ingrid Boyd is a native of Leeds, but has lived at various times in Glasgow, London and New York. She is a Graduate of Westminster University film department. Jobs too numerous to list include wardrobe slave, flatmate finder and cocktail shaker. Last employed at the English National Opera. Recently involved in script development, assistant directing, and directing with Dark Edge Theatre, London. Wants to write for TV ‘ cos baby needs a new pair of shoes.

Helen Lyttle


Helen Lyttle lives in Starbucks and is currently running for the title of ‘Britain’s Tallest Female Writer’. In an attempt to avoid getting a real job, she earns her pocket money by tutoring high school students, editing documentaries, and making really interesting spreadsheets about golf. One day she hopes to live in Paris and spend her days writing in cafés, thus becoming a poverty-stricken romantic cliché.

Lynne Evans


Lynne Evans is a Castlefordian who resides in Bridlington. She has been a hertitage poet for over twenty years. She is currently studying an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at Leeds University.

ARTIST TEAM

Kimbal Bumstead

Kimbal Bumstead is a visual artist who works with performance, video and photography. His work is involved with issues of the body, de-humanisation and objectification. His work is audience based and consequently interactive, recent work has been based around life-drawing and the breaking down of traditional roles and structures within that context, where the roles of audience and performer are challenged.

He has recently exhibited as part of the LFA group at Arts@Trinity and at START event Trash Bar.

www.kimbalbumstead.com

Lorraine Sue-Fern Yeung


Lorraine Sue-Fern Yeung’s work stems from her preoccupation of the cadaver and macabre. In looking at her own personal and private rituals she looks at the darker side of her own obsessive and compulsive behavior in her own attempt to overcome the abject. Her work has predominantly included video installations of animated fingernail sculptures and photographic portraits of her own collected hair and skin. With a quality of being both beautiful and yet slightly disturbing, inanimate object are given life and purpose through her own intervention and desire to redeem herself. Where previously only visible behind the art object she now begins to emerge from hiding to becoming an art object through live art performance.

Lorraine is currently affiliated with the LFA group whose recent exhibition was held at Arts@Trinity, Leeds, and TapedDUCK, a Leeds based live performative group

www.lorraineyeung.com

 

Jess Wilkin


Jess Wilkin is currently studying for her final year of a Fine Art BA at Leeds University. Her practice is focused in two areas at the moment, firstly with investigation into the place of religion in contemporary society both visually and culturally. And secondly a project involving collecting in all forms, particularly book collecting. She also make artists books, but her practice mostly takes the form of printmaking or photography.

Lucy Eccleshall


Lucy Eccleshall first became interested in photography when she took the subject for A Level. Her main area of interest is black and white imagery and uses a darkroom to develop and print all of her photographs manually. In July 2005 Lucy won the “Inside Out” Art competition for the Psoriasis Association and her work was exhibited in the Imaginations Gallery in London. As well as being a practising artist, Lucy also works as a photographer taking publicity and wedding photographs. Now in her final year, Lucy studies Fine Art at Leeds University. Her work has developed over the three years to include digital photography as well as film. She is particularly interested in issues throughout art history involving the female figure as a subject of the male gaze. Her series of self-portraits explore the relationship between subject, photographer and spectator.

Jenny Lewis


Jenny Lewis, Through her art practiceis interested in exploring how conflicting spatial realms affect both the viewer’s and the artist’s relationship to art.

Title: Look But Don’t Touch
BA Fine Art, University of Leeds
past exhibitions: LFA Contemporary Art Exhibition, Holy Trinity Arts Centre, January 2008

Laura Thomas


Laura Thomas is an artist in her third year at the University of Leeds studying fine art. Recently she has exhibited at Situation Leeds and will be exhibiting later this year as part of the ‘Hot Dinner Monday Club’.

Her current work combines her passion for maths and wool. She produces carefully handmade crochet objects which are first mathematically calculated using diagrams and graph paper. The misappropriation of this traditional craft produces interesting results, recently she has produced a fabulous pair of wearable crochet breasts and a pod to clamber inside in moments of distress!

Heather Jones


Heather Jones is a young artist who lives and works in between France and England, seesawing backward and forwards between the two. Her work is currently video and performance based.

She likes to play with opposites, personal versus impersonal, familiar versus unfamiliar, big versus small, detail versus context. In her work she tries to combine these to create an equilibrium. This leads to a fragile tension that holds the work together.

In her most recent work, she is exploring these abstract concepts through experiments with bodies in space. She likes the fragility of the human body, and how it responds to being put into different situations. Her performances are recorded in digital media, and part of Jones’ research is into ways of documenting that create a relationship between the action and its documentation.

Recent exhibitions include:
01/2008 “LFA”, Holy Trinity Arts Centre, Leeds, England
09/2007 “Sway”, Analix Forever Gallerie, Geneva, Switzerland
06/2007 “Barbie tue rock”, ève, Grenoble, France
02/2007 “Les Impromptus”, Lieu d’Images et d’Art, Grenoble, France
01/2007 “Art in-pg”, ève, Grenoble, France
10/2006 “Light Night”, Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, England
03/2006 “Sortie”, VOG, Fontaine, France
05/2004 “Neither/Nor”, University of Leeds, Leeds, England

Sam Walker

University of Leeds, Fine Art – BA Hons Final Year Student. Published Works: Untitled 161 (Volume Magazine: Issue 3, Feb 2008, www.volume-magazine.com)

Contacts

stage@leeds box office – 0113 343 8730

Anita Fridlington – a.fridlington@leeds.ac.uk – festival secretary

Jonathan Pitches – j.pitches@leeds.ac.uk – festival director

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