The Tetley

Refinding: Jessie Flood-Paddock with Kenneth Armitage

6 MAY - 30 JULY 2017

Join us for the launch on Friday 5 May from 6-8pm, free

This exhibition brings together new and recent works by London-based artist Jessie Flood-­Paddock, with the Oak Tree series of sculptures, drawings and prints by the celebrated 20th century sculptor, the late Kenneth Armitage.

In 2013, Flood­-Paddock was awarded the Kenneth Armitage Fellowship, which enabled her to live and work in Armitage’s studio for two years. Refinding brings this private conversation between these two artists into the gallery for the first time, marking the 101st anniversary of Armitage’s birth in his home city and Flood-Paddock’s first exhibition in a public gallery outside London.

Refinding features a significant new commission by Flood-Paddock that fills the triple height of The Tetley’s Leeds Beckett Atrium. Often incorporating scaled up common­place objects, Flood-Paddock’s practice re­presents the everyday and the overlooked, encouraging audiences to ‘refind’ meanings and have fresh encounters with familiar objects.

During her residency, Flood-Paddock was struck by Armitage’s work on oak trees, a series of bronze sculptures, drawings and etchings produced between 1975 and 1986. Armitage said “One day in 1975, in the spring, I suddenly saw them… everywhere I looked it was a revelation, the trees were alive… And from then on I was hooked absolutely…”.

Refinding forms part of the Armitage Centenary programme in his home city, which includes the exhibition Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and Drawing of the 1950s at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery (until 15 July).

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Exhibition Launch
Friday 5 May, 6pm-8pm, free

Jessie Flood-Paddock In Conversation with Lisa Le Feuvre
Saturday 6 May, 2pm, free

Join the artist Jessie Flood-Paddock and Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, Lisa Le Feuvre for an in conversation about Jessie’s work and the current exhibition.

Refinding catalogue launch
Saturday 3 June, 2pm, free

Join artist Jessie Flood-Paddock and Ann Elliott, curator and trustee of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation, to celebrate the launch of a catalogue on the current exhibition.

Pavilion presents Leeds Art Walk
Wednesday 7 June 5.30 pm, free

Starting at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, join a walking tour of the two Armitage exhibitions and the monumental sculptures by Kenneth Armitage in the city.
The Leeds Art Walk is a monthly tour of exhibitions in Leeds programmed by Pavilion.

The Pyramid View on Refinding
Wednesday 19 July 2017 6pm, free

Join Pyramid of Arts’ Eden Group for a guided tour and view their work made in response to the exhibition. The Eden Group is a collective of 16 artists with and without learning disabilities, who work together to produce collaborative pieces of work and joint exhibitions. Supported by Leeds Inspired.

HMF     Elephant Trust   KAF

This exhibition is supported by Kenneth Armitage Foundation and Carl Freedman Gallery. Jessie Flood-Paddock’s new commission is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and The Elephant Trust.