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Art, Architecture & Design April Good News

The latest good news from the School of Art Architecture & Design.

Material Environments

Senior Lecturer Harold Offeh is taking part in the Material Environments exhibition at the Tetley Gallery in Leeds. Harold staged a performance at the opening on the 3rd May, and many more performances and workshops will take place over the duration of the exhibition period until 8th July.

During Material Environments, The Tetley will become a site not just for the display of artwork but of live production, experiment, making and participation. Five artists, including Harold, have been invited to work across the gallery’s spaces, to experiment with ideas of physical and psychological transformation. Taking as its starting point an interest in the process of artistic research and production, Material Environments makes this process visible for the audience to see, experience and be involved in.

Read more here.

New Wortley Gateway Project

New Wortley Gateway Project

Work by third year BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture has been granted £80,000 of funding from Leeds City Council to create a new Gateway feature into one of Leeds’ most impoverished areas. Landscape Architecture Staff and students worked with Project Office, the School’s in-house architecture practice, continuing their ongoing relationship with New Wortley Community Association.

The New Wortley Gateway project will see a currently under-used parcel of land on the junction between Tong Road and Green Lane transformed into a new green space welcoming the public into New Wortley, whilst simultaneously creating an additional pathway into Project Office’s Community Centre building, which was completed in spring 2016. Work is due to begin during autumn of this year.

Project Office Book Chapter

Senior Lecturers and Project Office staff Simon Warren and Craig Stott have co-authored a chapter in ‘The Competition Grid: Experimenting With & Within Architecture Competitions’. Edited by former Leeds Beckett staff Maria Theodorou and Antigoni Katsakou, the book explores discussions from the Sixth International Conference on Competitions (ICC2016), held at Leeds Beckett University in October 2016, focusing on scrutinising and mapping the concept of experimentation within architecture competitions. As part of the Leeds Architecture Exhibition Series, the northern UK book launch took place on 3rd May in Victoria Gate shopping centre and was chaired by School Dean Dr Lisa Stansbie.

Published by RIBA Publishing, the book is available here.

F= The Erotic Power of F= Conduit Tour 2018


Senior Lecturers Liz Stirling, Jo Hassall, Casey Orr and Laura Robinson, members of the F= Feminist Research Group, have been awarded a large grant from the Arts Council England to develop new work across three sites in the North of England linking women, walking, activism and magic.

The first event was a talk at the Leeds Beckett Gender Conference on 6 March as part of celebrations for International Women's Day. The event also featured a fantastic interactive exhibition by second and third year BA (Hons) Graphic Arts and Design students, and second year Ba (Hons) Performance students, showcasing the power of visual and performative communication to discuss current themes relevant to gender and equality issues. This was all followed by the annual walk through Leeds that F= have been running with Graphic Arts and Design students since 2014 celebrating International Women's Day, taking up space publicly in order to have voices heard on issues of gender and equality. The finale was at Millennium Square where films and documentation of student work was shown on the Leeds Big Screen.

The Art of War

Senior Lecturer, Dr Jill Gibbon, was featured in an article in The Guardian on her work on weaponry. Read the full article here. Jill’s drawings will be exhibited at the Bradford Peace Museum until 28 June.

The Art of War by Dr Jill Gibbon

Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?

Dr Liz Stirling and Alison McIntyre as The Art Doctors

The Art Doctors, comprising Senior Lecturer Dr Liz Stirling and Alison McIntyre, started their year of art doctoring in Leeds on Sunday with their first recruitment event for new art doctors to join the new project Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?

Funded by Leeds City Art Gallery, East Street Arts and Leeds Inspired, The Art Doctors aim to playfully break down barriers to participation in contemporary art, and to explore the positive role of creativity in all our lives.

The project will take place over the course of a year and will consist of a series of targeted and open workshops, as well as interventions where participants will gain confidence in responding to and discussing contemporary art. The project will culminate with an exhibition, publication and film that will explore and harness how multiple diverse voices navigate across the contemporary art world in Leeds.

Find them on Twitter @art_doctors


Chris Royffe, Principal Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, and Tom Bliss, Part-Time Lecturer organised a film showing and a discussion about Natural Flood Management.

High Water Common Ground is a thought-provoking, unreleased 70 minute ‘documentary-meets-toolkit’ about natural flood management. The screening was followed by a lively discussion featuring Professor Alan Simson and other guests.

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