2021 Exhibitions Programme
Spring: Alice Chandler
Images courtesy of Alice Chandler or by Jules Lister
Alice Chandler (b.1993, Leeds) is an artist living and working in Leeds, UK. Her practice explores the intersection between art, craft and design. She creates sculptural objects and site-specific installations, that build narrative and interrogate our relationship with the domestic, functional and wearable. Utilising a wide range of craft processes, from silversmithing and glasswork to printing, sewing and embroidery, she makes objects that, dependent on display and context, can be at once sculptural, functional or decorative.
Chandler graduated from Edinburgh College of Art BA Sculpture in 2015 and was selected for the Tetley Associate Artists Programme 2018/19. Recent exhibitions include: Sitting Show, East Bristol Contemporary; Encountering Objects, Encountering Place, Assembly House, Leeds; Mantel, Copperfield Gallery, London; General Studies, Outpost, Norwich, and Lick and a Promise, The Trophy Room, Royal Standard Liverpool. She was shortlisted for Jerwood 3Phase in 2017, was selected for RSA New Contemporaries 2016.
Summer: Victoria Lucas
Victoria Lucas (b.1982) is an artist and senior lecturer based in Sheffield, UK.
Recent artworks incorporate sculpture with video, photography, sound and performance. Lucas uses technology to remap, embody and entangle the material strata of landscapes, a process in which female subjectivity is reimagined and reclaimed in place.
She is a Platform20 resident at Site Gallery as part of the Freelands Artist Programme (2020 - 22); was recently commissioned to design the cover of Corridor8’s CHAINMAIL#4 Publication; and in 2020 she orchestrated a performance for the Art and the Rural Imagination conference. Lucas won the SOLO award™ in 2016.
Lucas holds a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from Norwich School of Art (2004), MFA in Fine Art from The University of Leeds (2007) and is currently a part-time PhD candidate at Sheffield Hallam University. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Tate Archive, London, MOMA, New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The Media Math collection. Solo exhibitions include Interruptions, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia (2013), Lay of the Land (and other such myths), Chiara Williams Contemporary at London Art Fair (2017), where rock and hard place meet, Haarlem Artspace, Matlock (2018) and Lay of the Land (and other such myths), HOME, Manchester (2017). Group shows include Casa Maauad, Mexico City (2014) 91mq Gallery, Berlin (2009), Millennium Galleries, Sheffield (2017) and The Front, New Orleans (2018).
Autumn: Julia McKinlay and Jacob Farrell
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. Farrell was is a contributing writer to The Middle of the World by Yonatan Vinitsky. Exhibitions include V22 Young London, Silvertown, London (2018); 410 AD, Bow Arts Trust, London (2016); T Rooms, in collaboration with Matthew Darbyshire, Tramway, Glasgow (2012).
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.