This year’s Joan Day Painting Bursary has been awarded to the West Yorkshire artist, writer and poet Stuart Rushworth. The Joan Day Bursary is an annual award in tribute to the memory of painter, Joan Day, who lived and worked in Yorkshire for much of her life. South Square Gallery offers this bursary to support promising emerging painters, inviting them to produce new work for a solo exhibition in the gallery.
Throughout August and September, South Square Gallery will become home and studio for Norwegian artist Sigbjørn Bratlie. Located on the edge of Brontë Country, the gallery space will offer itself as a live-in studio where Bratlie will be afforded both time and space to develop his artistic practice in a very different setting to that of his studio in Oslo.
Sourcing an eclectic mix of organic and synthetic materials, including weathered stone and neon Perspex, Barker constructs intricate sculptures and photographic scenes that explore our complex and ever-shifting relationship with the natural and built environment. Seeing her role as encompassing elements of architect and gardener, Barker is interested in how we connect, intervene and leave our mark on the environment around us. Caught between the urban sprawl of Bradford and the wilds of the Bronte moors, South Square Gallery provides a prime location to continue this research further.
Through creating an ambiguous environment that blurs the boundaries between a living space and a gallery space, McLeavy examines how we view, associate and interact with our own individually assembled domesticated spaces.
South Square Gallery invites the Wet Paint collective, a group of emerging artists and curators from Leeds, to use the gallery as a curatorial test bed to experiment, research and produce new work.
Curated by Helen Thackray.
Dromology, a term coined by the social theorist: Paul Virilio, is the starting point for this group exhibition which explores the complex relationship between technological advancements and our use and perception of physical space.
For Stephen Marshall, tradition is not a historical concept; it is an unavoidable aspect of the contemporary. Through woodcuts, sculptures and the spaces between them, Marshall sets the stage for an encounter with a personal yet universal history of experience.
Sophie Victoria Elliott | Joan Day Bursary Exhibition | 06 - 28 October 2012
This year's Joan Day Painting Bursary has been awarded to the West Yorkshire artist, Sophie Victoria Elliott. The Joan Day Bursary is an annual award in tribute to the memory of the highly skilled painter, Joan Day, who lived and worked in Yorkshire for much of her life. South Square Gallery offers this bursary to support promising emerging painters, inviting them to produce new work for a solo exhibition in the gallery.
Following a residency at South Square Gallery, artist Dominic Mason presents new works encompassing the formal and ridiculous elements of municipal flower displays, the indulgence of painting and conspicuous pomp in the age of austerity.
South Square Gallery presents a new offsite project by artist Shaeron Caton-Rose at Kirkstall Abbey, one of the best preserved 12th century Cistercian monasteries in the country. Kirkstall Abbey is part of Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Within the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, contemporary artist Shaeron Caton-Rose places a series of enigmatic and reflective artworks which have been inspired by the spiritual and geographical history of the site. Over the summer, visitors will experience Kirkstall Abbey in a new light as their journey through the site is punctuated by surprising encounters with four very different artworks.
From drizzle and mist to storms and gales; thunder and lightning to sunshine and rain the Bronte sisters' novels reference the same changing weather conditions that continue today. Through historical research into their lives and writing, present day weather recordings and collecting personal accounts, Chesney discovers the permanent impact that weather has on life and literature.
Through inviting live contributions from international DJs, sharing mixes online and constructing furniture that references the interiors of house parties, Boase creates an environment where dance music and the structures of its proliferation are utilised and made accessible.
Through drawing, etching and text, Wigham explores our transient and interactive relationship with the landscape.
Loopholes is a solo exhibition by Sheffield-based artist Michael Day that combines video projections and electronics to explore moving image, landscape and technology.
The empty shell of a caravan, a collapsing airship, a gold locket and a view through an aircraft window are just some of the motifs in the paintings of Chris Smith. These are not specific objects or places, but rather vague signifiers, fusing together ideas of invention and memory.
Eleven artists from across the UK investigate the creative process as one of trial and error, reflectively exploring the ideas of struggle, failure, the impossible and the unresolved as a necessary path to success. What unifies the group is a focus on the methods and processes of working, presenting art as evidence of an ongoing creative journey with trials and transformations along its way.
To coincide with Ways of Looking, a new festival of photography in Bradford, South Square presents artist filmmaker and photographer Esther Johnson's Analogue Kingdom. This short film is a poetic portrait of Gerald Wells, founder and curator of the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum.
Born in Shrewsbury and now living and working in Leeds, Strong is an emerging talent who endeavours to produce art which is not only linked to but also steeped in a sense of the past. Left behind as a fingerprint, it is this notion of residual history which resides in Strong's work and frequently occupies him as an artist. Exploring the historical and the uncanny, Strong's works take the form of sculptural installations, often crafted from recovered materials.
What would a stomach tied up in knots actually look like? How would it really feel to drive a square peg into a round hole? What does it feel like to be in this body? These questions form the starting point for artist Emmy Twigge, whose artworks endeavour to describe and express the feelings of the heart and the body.
In a space surrounded by the dramatic landscape of Bronte country, Tom Ireland presents an exhibition of new works developed in response to South Square Gallery's unique location
Conrad Atkinson | Dreams of Permanence, Hopes of Transience| 01 April - 22 May 2011
Thornton, the birthplace of the Bronte siblings, provides a fertile setting for internationally renowned artist Conrad Atkinson to revisit a past installation and unveil new drawings inspired by the roots of literary creation.
Hondartza's latest work revolves around the ideas of home and of elsewhere, exploring what it may mean to be lost in between. From drawing to video, original to found, Ever remote, ever there is an exhibition of works that seek to re-interpret the fictional and elusive character of home and the unknown.
Lifting iconic and often controversial imagery from the media, Lister examines his feelings towards contemporary conflicts through a series of quietly considered yet politically charged works.
This year's Joan Day Bursary recipient charters new creative ground through a series of ingenious yet playful kinetic paintings.
For the summer months the Bronte Parsonage Meadow Space will be occupied by an interactive installation by artist Merry Swarbrick. Swarbrick's work playfully manipulates language to explore past life events. At Haworth she will create an intimate space to promote personal reflection and encourage visitors to engage in writing themselves.
Conjuring large cinematic scenes, Emi Avora depicts a surreal world that overflows with abundance and defies obvious explanation.
The unique setting of Thornton village becomes the focus a socially engaged commission that explore a maze of snickets, bricked-up windows and secret places.
One of Yorkshire's most accomplished and captivating sculptors brings together stone carving, plaster casts and a new durational installation that explores the nature of form and philosophy.
A nostalgic show that provides a new insight into the fertile imagination of artist Alan Gummerson, who since 1945, has devoted his life to art and the pursuit of ideas.
Produced during an artist's residency at Spurn Point [Humber Estuary], Sabine J Bieli exhibits three-dimensional video sculptures that subtly recall centuries of slowly shifting sands and reflect the fragility of this historic coastline.
Curated by Deborah Britton
Here we play with words. A Room of Words is an exhibition of work by fifteen Yorkshire based visual artists all of whom advocate playful and experimental use of text within their work.
Through painting, artist Christian Mieves explores the geographical and cultural location of the beach landscape. Geographically the beach represents a transgression between the land and the sea, while culturally it may stand for a similar infringement of social boundaries.
During a week-long residency staying at a cottage in the shadows of Thornton Viaduct, a short walk from South Square Gallery, artist Hania Stella-Sawicka develops a new site-responsive installation inspired by the surrounding landscape of disused quarries and golf courses.
Joan Day Bursary recipient Lisa V Robinson explores the possibilities of paint as a medium whilst attempting to find a special balance between abstraction and figuration.
Flat sculptures and drawings that explore a visual paradox where surface materiality conflicts with the illusions of perspective.
A provocative exhibition that relates and responds to current perspectives on motherhood and its role in contemporary society. These unnerving sculptures and installations contain multiple layers of meaning; the outcome is subtle and surprising, disturbing and amusing.
Arbitrary and accidental incidents act as a starting point for a series of installations and sculptures that explore themes of process and transformation.
Following three years of travelling and painting throughout Europe, from Cyprus to Greenland this exhibition presents works that have been threaded together by journeys and ideas that explore the exotic and unfamiliar
An exhibition showcasing recent works that explore the tensions between the photographic image and its subject. Photographic sculptures depicting the artist are placed in the real world enticing the viewer's intimate gaze.
An exhibition of photographic works exploring the 're-presenting' mechanisms of the black-and-white photograph.
South Square | Exhibition Archive
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Exhibition Archive 2005-2008
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