18 September - 16 October 2021
Threshold artist curator Julia McKinlay’s sculpture will be exhibited alonside a new text by Jacob Farrell.
Julia McKinlay (b.1986) is an artist, curator and researcher based in Leeds.
McKinlay’s practice combines sculpture and print to move between two and three-dimensional space, to explore the connections between natural and industrial processes. She makes installations that represent semi-fictional environments for the viewer to experience. Previous works have explored the edge of the world, an aquarium and the back of a snail’s shell.
McKinlay graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2009, The Slade School of Fine Art in 2014 and is working towards a Practice-based PhD at Leeds Beckett University in collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture International.
Recent exhibitions include Kuroko, Index Festival, Leeds (2019); MI: LAB Basic Training Programme, CfSHE Gallery, Tokyo (2018); The Factory, Djúpavík, Iceland (2017); Artists' Village, METAL, Southend-on-Sea (2016); Oh For You! I Would Do Anything, Tritongatan5, Gothenburg (2015). Her artist book Feeling the Underside was published by Yorkshire Sculpture International and Leeds Beckett University in 2019. She has participated in residencies at MI:LAB, Japan; METAL, Southend-on-Sea; Joya: arte + ecologia, Spain; Listhus, Iceland; Skaftfell, Iceland.
Jacob Farrell (b. 1987), is an artist based in Le Pouget, France.
His practice includes sculpture, works on paper and writing. His work often employs anachronistic processes alongside explorative forms of fictional writing and reflects on the relationship between subjective experience and human-produced materialities. Farrell graduated from BA Fine Art in 2009 and MA Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2015.
Recent projects include Diary Paintings, an ongoing series of watercolours begun in 2018, as well as a series of collaborative texts and audio works with the artist Yonatan Vinitsky, including The Purple Notebook, a radio play (2020). Exhibitions include Young London, Silvertown, London (2018); 410 AD, Bow Arts Trust, London (2016) and Surmoulage, Watch it Gallery, South Woodford (2015).
Winter: Emii Alrai
Photographs by Jules Lister and Jonathan Basset
Emii Alrai (b. 1993) is an artist based in Leeds.
Alrai’s practice is informed by inherited nostalgia, geographical identity and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and displaying objects. Focusing on the ancient mythologies from the Middle East alongside personal oral histories of Iraq, Alrai weaves together narratives by forging artefacts and visualising residues of cultural collision. Often working at a large scale, Alrai creates sculptural installations that recall museological displays and diorama.
Alrai graduated from BA Fine Art (2016) and MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies (2018) at the University of Leeds.
Recent solo exhibitions include The High Dam, The Tetley, Leeds (2020); Tutelaries, VITRINE, London (2019); House of Teeming Cattle, Two Queens, Leicester (2019); An Ancient Quiver, GLOAM, Sheffield (2018). Alrai was a Yorkshire Sculpture International Engagement Artist in 2019 and was selected for The Tetley Artist Associate Programme in 2018. She is a co-founder of artist collective Nocturne and participated in Making Marks, a project by The Arab British Centre and Mudeena Kuwait. Alrai is currently an artist in residence at Triangle Astérides Residency, Marseille.