Phoebe Cummings makes baroque ceramic sculptures, combining impossible assemblages of plants and fauna with lush, imagined landscapes. A huge new, captivating environment in the Leeds Beckett Atrium housed her delicate sculptures made from unfired clay.
Keith Harrison employs complex scientific and engineering processes, testing the material properties of clay, sound and electricity. Recent projects have seen him firing clay with electrical currents and flying a car through a forest. At The Tetley, Harrison developed a new work spanning two interior spaces, which responded to the industrial heritage of the building, once the headquarters of Tetley’s brewery.
Serena Korda continued her research into the relationship between acoustics, emotional states, the paranormal and the extraterrestrial through a new series of soundworks recorded in Todmorden, a town with a rich history of unexplained events. She also created a ‘glass harp’, an instrument once associated with causing madness and hysteria for its players and listeners, which formed the centerpiece of a new performance work.
Harold Offeh created a live archive entitled The Real Thing: Towards an Authentic Live Archive. Concerned with ideas of reality, realness and authenticity, concepts which have taken on new meanings in our increasingly mediated lives, Offeh’s evolving installation brought together artefacts, images, actions, performances and workshops.
Joanna Piotrowska‘s photographic series Shelter saw her visiting people’s homes and inviting them to create constructions, dens and habitations from the furniture within their living spaces. The resulting constructions reflect their creator’s inner life, history and state of mind, transforming space and material into something deeply personal.