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Refinding: Jessie Flood-Paddock with Kenneth Armitage
6 May 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
Join us for the launch on Friday 5 May from 6-8pm, FREE
This exhibition brings together new and recent works by London-based artist Jessie Flood-Paddock, with the Oak Tree series of sculptures, drawings and prints by the celebrated 20th century sculptor, the late Kenneth Armitage.
In 2013, Flood-Paddock was awarded the Kenneth Armitage Fellowship, which enabled her to live and work in Armitage’s studio for two years. Refinding brings this private conversation between these two artists into the gallery for the first time, marking the 101st anniversary of Armitage’s birth in his home city and Flood-Paddock’s first exhibition in a public gallery outside London.
Refinding features a significant new commission by Flood-Paddock that fills the triple height of The Tetley’s Leeds Beckett Atrium. Often incorporating scaled up commonplace objects, Flood-Paddock’s practice represents the everyday and the overlooked, encouraging audiences to ‘refind’ meanings and have fresh encounters with familiar objects.
During her residency, Flood-Paddock was struck by Armitage’s work on oak trees, a series of bronze sculptures, drawings and etchings produced between 1975 and 1986. Armitage said “One day in 1975, in the spring, I suddenly saw them… everywhere I looked it was a revelation, the trees were alive… And from then on I was hooked absolutely…”.
Refinding forms part of the Armitage Centenary programme in his home city, which includes the exhibition Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and Drawing of the 1950s at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery (until 15 July).
Join the conversation online using #Refinding
Parent and child room available.
- Wheelchair access
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