Recording an emotional response
Christopher Hall | Janey Walklin
At The Bowery, Headingley, Leeds, 27th June – 11th September
Preview Friday 26th June, 5-7pm
Christopher Hall examines the interplay between memory, ritual and notions of power.
Celebrating the materiality of physical film, he creates montage-like collages, pushing images through alchemical processes to generate images that cannot be achieved digitally.
Manipulated frames become striking, loaded images; what previously existed on the edge of consciousness is now excavated from the film strip and presented for our extended contemplation. Recurring images of ceremonies, marching bands and military parades take on new meaning, posing questions around how we remember, how we memorialise and what, in our digital world, will survive.
Her artwork involves the idea of making imprints and pictorial montages from the ephemeral matter of experience.
In these works on canvas, mark making is derived from both ordinary objects and the paint media itself to create emotional landscapes. The images record memories, place, identity and perhaps overlooked connections which co-exist in the process of painting as a visual response.
A Leeds-based artist-print maker, studied at Beckenham Art School, University of Leeds, Leeds College of Art.
Leeds Revisited Exhibition
in association with the Dortmunder Gruppe & East Street Arts@BIG Gallery, Dortmund
(German translation) Closely connected to the founding story of the Dortmunder Gruppe in the 1950’s this artists’ group does not only care for the affairs and development of its members, but also besides that has always made international connections. The Dortmunder Gruppe has been cultivating a lively exchange with ‘East Street Arts’ since 1999, so that besides connections as colleagues also friendships could develop…
…Not family history, but a historic awareness in general is behind the works of Christopher Hall. On the one hand there are buildings and places in our present that talk of times past like frozen witnesses. On the other hand every life is the stringing together of fleeting moments. In The Frozen Borderline the bugging station at the Berliner Teufelsberg provides the subject. Having been closed down and become useless after the cold war, it can be reinterpreted artistically. Read more…
Art in the Barn, Oakwell Hall
Christopher Hall is one of the artists taking part in this year’s ‘Art in the Barn’ event at Oakwell Hall, Birstall. The annual show, now in its 17th year, had more than 2,000 visitors last year, with a large number of pictures sold. The exhibition takes place in the Oakwell Hall Visitor Centre Barn, Nutter Lane with an eclectic mix of styles ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. All pictures on display will be available for purchase.
This year’s event opens on Saturday 8th February and runs for two weeks until Saturday 22nd February.
Opening times are 11am-4pm daily and admission is free.
More information can be found here.
Tel: 01924 326240
Fax: 01924 326249
New Lights Award at the Biscuit Factory
The New Lights exhibition has now moved to the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle. The Biscuit Factory is the largest commercial art gallery in the UK, housed in a former Victorian warehouse set in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter.
The Gallery offers vistitors the chance to view and purchase exciting contemporary visual art in a relaxed informal setting that features artist studios, a cafe and a restaurant all within 5 minutes of Newcastle city centre.
New Lights is a charity formed in 2010 run by a small group of people who are passionate about art and the North of England. The New Lights Art Prize is a biennial award open to artists who were born or have studied in the North of England between the ages of 23-35. This years shortlist and winners can be found on the New Lights website click here.
Christopher Hall solo exhibition at Swinton Park
Winner of the Swinton Foundation Award at New Lights 2013. The exhibition brings together a series of paintings and prints, and can be seen in the newly created exhibition space at the Swinton Park Hotel, Masham until June 2014.
The paintings explore the way in which the past seems to solidify around us and how things change over a particular period of time. They are concerned with memory, place and power relationships – informed by recollections of travel across Germany, Austria and Slovakia.
More information on the exhibition including directions to Swinton Park, the Swinton Foundation and the New Lights prize, can be found here.
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South Square Salon 2013
23 November 2013 – 26 January 2014
Join us for a celebratory event on Friday 6th December 6-9pm.
A salon-style selling exhibition showcasing a range of works by approximately 55 artists from across the Yorkshire region and beyond. With such a large variety of reasonably-priced works for sale, this will be the perfect opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts.
More details can be found on the South Square website: www.southsquarecentre.co.uk
Batley Open Exhibition 2013
Exhibition dates: 23rd November 2013 to 8th February 2014
Preview: Friday 22nd November 6pm – 8pm, all welcome
New Lights 2013
The New Lights 2013 exhibition is now open at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate until 17th November 2013. The touring exhibition will move on to the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle in January 2014.
Open from Saturday 21st September – Sunday 17th November 2013
The Mercer Art Gallery
Exhibition opening times
10am – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday
2pm – 5pm Sunday (Closed Mondays)
There are six prizes including the prestigious Valeria Sykes Prize and Sponsor’s Choice Award. The judging panel for the 2013 art prize is:
Norman Ackroyd CBE,RA, Artist and Printmaker
Jane Sellars, Curator Mercer Art Gallery
Chris Wadsworth, Writer and Art Consultant
Updates can be found here https://twitter.com/newlightsart
South Square Salon 2012
Exhibition opens Friday 7th Dec – Thursday 20th December with a break for Christmas reopening in the new year Saturday 12th January – Sunday 20th January 2013.
A salon-style selling exhibition showcasing a range of works by approximately 80 artists from across the Yorkshire region and beyond. With such a large variety of reasonably-priced works for sale, this will be the perfect opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts. Details of participating artists can be found here.
Exhibition open 12 – 3pm in the Community Gallery at South Square, running from Saturday 08 – Thursday 20 December 2012 with a break for Christmas reopening in the new year Saturday 12 – Sunday 20 January 2013.
South Square Gallery
Awakening at Left Bank Leeds
Exhibiton open Friday 12th October – Friday 16th November 2012
Awakening is a group show curated by Northern Young Artists with their first open exhibition. The month long exhibition launches on Friday 12th October at the new exhibition centre, Left Bank Leeds (former St Margaret of Antioch Church).
Christopher Hall is one of the exhibiting artists:
‘In times of austerity and government spending cuts, the arts are historically first on the chopping block. Limited and conditional state support is quickly withdrawn as subsidies are slashed and organisations go to the wall – as though artistic endeavour and expression were merely a luxury and one that we can do without when times are hard – desirable but not essential. Meanwhile the really important business goes on – dishing out public money to corporations and banks; funding strategic foreign wars; and privatising public services, schools and hospitals.
A more optimistic view might note artists’ responses to this change in government priorities. Art has always been, through patronage and ownership, the preserve of the rich, that said the new ‘austerity’ environment just may have fermented the conditions necessary for a radical re-engagement – a veil has been lifted. Recent years have seen the re-emergence of a proliferation of independent groups and artist collectives; a return to a more DIY ethos springing, perhaps, from the realisation that nobody is going to do it for us.
My work for this exhibition responds in a deeply personal way to the rapid social and economic changes that are happening all around us; changes that will have far reaching consequences in ways that we don’t yet fully understand.’
Christopher Hall, October 2012
Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 1LJ
Friday 12th October – Friday 9th November (revised from 16th)
Opening Hours: 11am-3pm, Sunday-Friday
Closed All Saturdays for the duration of the exhibition, also 19th – 21st October
Private View 12th October 6-9pm
YOUNG ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES
Northern Young Artists re-emerge with their first open exhibition – Awakening. The month long exhibition launches on Friday 12th October at the new exhibition centre, Left Bank Leeds (former St Margaret of Antioch Church).
Around 20 artists will feature in the exhibition demonstrating diversity and a fresh approach to contemporary art through painting, photography, drawing, digital illustration and sculpture.
NYA is an enthusiastic collective of graduate artists and designers working across Yorkshire and the North of England. Eager to experiment, innovate and develop, the group has developed a supportive network for emerging artists and designers in the North.
For more information please contact Fiona, Lucy or Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org