Leeds arts research centre

Bringing together creative practitioners and academics across Leeds Beckett University.
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The Leeds Arts Research Centre (LARC) brings together creative practitioners and academics across Leeds Beckett University whose research interests lie in the arts, whether that is music, film, fine art, design or performing arts.

We draw on the expertise of staff from the Leeds School of Arts and bring together cultural historians and theorists with arts practitioners at the cutting edge of practice as research. Providing a forum for debate, the centre is also a window on the exciting and innovate creative work going on across our university. Here staff collaborate on new projects, showcase their research outputs (REF Units 32 & 33) and build together the research culture of Leeds Beckett University. This is the place where creative minds gather and where ideas grow.

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By Harold Offeh

Covers uses the artist’s body, durational actions and physical re-enactment to build on established performance methodologies of the 1970s by artists such as Adrian Piper and Marina Abramovic. Through photography, video and live performance Offeh re-enacts archival album sleeve photographs by black singers from the 1970s and 80s, creating static, durational, tableaux poses.

Covers uses the artist’s body, durational actions and physical re-enactment to build on established performance methodologies of the 1970s by artists such as Adrian Piper and Marina Abramovic. Through photography, video and live performance Offeh re-enacts archival album sleeve photographs by black singers from the 1970s and 80s, creating static, durational, tableaux poses.

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Our INSIDE/OUT series of lectures brings the best minds of our generation to inspire and support the work students and colleagues do across the Leeds School of Arts. To this end, we have flown in renowned speakers from around the globe. In order to enhance the cultural life of Leeds, we make the lecture series open to the general public and available to an international audience online.

LARC is the home to 143 academics and their research. What matters to us at Leeds Beckett University is not so much the work we do individually but what our research allows others to do: its impact on local, national and international communities. We are a recognised centre of excellence for practice as research in the arts that make a positive difference to the lives of others.

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