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Summer of Art Talks and Workshops Planned in York

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12:50pm 3rd June 2014

Talks and workshops by leading contemporary British artists will take place around York this month as part of an innovative arts project.

York Curiouser is placing new site-specific artworks in hidden parts of York from 14 June to 7 July 2014, covering a range of media including sound, ceramics, poetry and textiles, and developed for locations as diverse as the National Centre for Early Music, the City Walls, the Treasurer’s House Gardens and St Anthony’s Gardens, the King’s Manor, and the many snickelways that lace the city.

The artworks are by writer and poet John Wedgwood Clarke; installation artist Susanne Davies; textile artist Sally Greaves-Lord; artists Matt Hawthorn, Heinrich & Palmer; Janet Hodgson and Jacques Nimki; sound artist Damian Murphy, and ceramicist Karen Thompson.

York Curiouser Co-Artistic Director Lara Goodband says: “These talks and workshops will provide a rare opportunity for York residents and visitors alike to meet some of the UK’s leading contemporary artists.”

The talks and workshops are (all talks last around an hour):

Saturday 14 June, from noon, National Centre for Early Music: Reflections on the Red Tower

Heinrich & Palmer discuss the process of creating their new work at the Red Tower with University of York building archaeologist Dr Kate Giles. No booking required. Free, but donations to Friends of York Walls welcome.

Sunday 15 June, from noon, Fishergate Postern Tower: Creating a Fictional History

Janet Hodgson discusses her approaches to story-telling and histories, and explains why the Fishergate Postern Tower has become a temporary site for a unique installation. No booking required. Free, but donations to Friends of York Walls welcome.

Monday 16 June, from 12.30pm, Quilt Museum:York Curiouser – Art in the Public Realm

Susanne Davies discusses the challenges facing artists working in the public realm with York Curiouser Co-Artistic Director Hazel Colquhoun. Free: book on 01904 613242.

Tuesday 17 June, from 6.30 pm, National Centre for Early Music: Creating a new site-specific artwork

Jacques Nimki, who is creating a new artwork in the grounds of the NCEM, discusses his artistic process with York Curiouser Co-Artistic Director Lara Goodband. Tickets: £3 to include glass of wine.
Book on 01904 658338.

Thursday 19 June, from 1pm, the King’s Manor: Finding a Narrative within Contemporary Ceramics

Karen Thompson is creating ceramic ‘multiples’ for York Curiouser – sandwiches cast from the real thing, which will be left around the City for people to find. She talks about her practice and her work for York Curiouser. Free, no booking required.

Friday 20 June, from 12.30pm, Quilt Museum: Banners for York Walls

Sally Greaves-Lord on the process of creating a new textile artwork that responds to the fabric of the medieval city. Free: book on 01904 613242.

Saturday 21 June, 10am-1pm, the King’s Manor: Listening to the City

Writing involves listening both to voices and places. This creative writing workshop with John Wedgwood Clarke will explore how to make writing echo with the sounds and voices of York’s snickets and yards. It will include a 45-minute walk (weather permitting). Places limited. Free, but booking essential on yorkcuriouser1@gmail.com

Saturday 21 June, from 2pm, the King’s Manor: Ear Room

John Wedgwood Clarke and Damian Murphy in conversation exploring the themes of their residency and the process of collaboration that has led to their new sound installation at the King’s Manor. Includes a performance of their work. Free, no booking required.

York Curiouser was initiated and is being curated by Co-Artistic Directors Hazel Colquhoun, an independent public art commissioning curator, and Lara Goodband, an independent visual art curator.

The final weekend of York Curiouser will coincide with the start of the Tour de France Grand Départ in York, and is part of the 100-day Yorkshire Festival accompanying the tour. It is also part of the University of York’s annual Festival of Ideas.

For more information on York Curiouser and the artists: yorkcuriouser.com

Twitter: @yorkcuriouser

Facebook: facebook.com/yorkcuriouser

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