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HOARD: An Archaeology Of The Artist's Mind

HOARD: An Archaeology Of The Artist's Mind
Written by HOARD  07/09/2015
Artists from Hoard will be taking over the @Unfold_Leeds twitter account this Tuesday. Hoard member Ryan Thompson spills the beans on artists who love to collect. 
Hoarding. Most creative types are guilty of it, whether they will admit to it is something else entirely. At HOARD however, we celebrate it. We are a collection of artists who hoard objects and artefacts relating to our practices: finished artworks, props, curiosities, documents, traces, plans, remnants.
Photo: Chris Mollon / Hoard
We, in turn, have been hoarded and curated by Leeds based artist Sarah Francis who started this project documenting the archaeology of the artist's mind 4 years ago. Over this time the project has featured a wide variety of artists (This has been 32 artist large project) and an even wider variety of practices pertaining to each artist's individual hoard.
Image: Paul Lewis / Hoard artists
We have artists working with puppetry, photography and film, printmaking, found objects, installations, painting, projection, performance and even unicorns! You name it, one of us is bound to have hoarded it here. 
As part of the continuation of such a long project, we boast regular critique sessions for artists to share thoughts, ideas and the progression of their work which supports the fluctuation of the project. During the course of HOARD we have hosted regular public openings, where the public are welcome to visit the project to see it's evolution and to participate in the myriad of workshops by our very own artists.
One such of our artists is Teresa Wilson, who works with macabre puppets. She creates beautifully disturbing human and bird figures that explore spaces between sculpture, installation and theatre. Her puppets create claustrophobic environments where private dramas take place. She has also run workshops for visitors to make their very own macabre puppets and as you can imagine, everybody wants one.
Jade Montserrat's practice involves a cumulative archive. She processes and embeds imagery into hand-made paper as well as through performance, writing and the creation of object and installation.
In our current incarnation, we approach our final exhibition 'HOARD Works - Completion Date' at the Corn Exchange taking place from 10th - 15th October, with a closing event on the evening of 15th October to say a big bon voyage to the project as it moves into its next life at Aire Place Studios.
Image: Sarah Francis / Hoard
Artists exhibiting as part of HOARD Works - Completion Date will include Sarah Binless, Paisley Boyd, Ian Clegg, Sarah Francis, Frauhaus, Holly Rowan Hesson, Diane Ketteringham, Anna-Karin Lilleengen, Stef Mitchell, Emily Simpson, Angela Tait, Ryan Thompson, Susan Timmins, Lydia Westerman and Teresa Wilson. Our exciting special guests for the closing event are soon to be announced so watch this space!
Lead image: Sarah Francis
On Tuesday 8 September @Unfold_Leeds tweets will be from Hoard artists Holly Rowan Hesson, Sarah Francis and Ryan Thompson 
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