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Derelict Marvels: Leeds Surrealist Group

Derelict Marvels: Leeds Surrealist Group
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14 Jun 2018 - 17 Jul 2018

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Inkwell Arts

31 Potternewton Lane , Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3LW

Having previously exhibited - as individuals and as a group - in Spain, France and the Czech Republic, this will be the Leeds Surrealist Group’s first group exhibition in the UK.

Founded in 1994, Leeds Surrealist Group have been meeting for over 24 years on a weekly basis for discussions, surrealist games, enquiries and interventions. As well as our internal group activities, we have also organised a number of public events - including talks, readings, film screenings, and presentations of our publications. We publish a journal Phosphor, the fifth issue of which is to be released this summer, and founded our imprint Surrealist Editions in 2007, with four titles having been published to date. We have not only been active in our own city of Leeds, but also collaborate with surrealists in the UK and internationally, including with other surrealist groups in Paris, Prague, Madrid and Stockholm. One of the cornerstones of our activities is the exploration of urban spaces in search of poetic evidence of other ways of viewing and interpreting the world, in chance meanderings through our city streets, especially those abandoned places that have been left undeveloped.

Derelict Marvels draws upon the group’s explorations of the abandoned and worthless places that border those commercial and consumer zones in which we are meant to spend our time and money. In the exhibition, our individual and collective creative responses to these places provide evidence of a different city, often invisible to us. Poetic marvels can be found in the derelict, when we look beyond the tall glass-fronted voids and wellscrubbed Victoriana of urban development. In the skeletal remains of industry or in discarded objects, there are enigmatic messages to be deciphered. So, we invite you to come and view Leeds through surrealist eyes.

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As part of Leeds Mind, Inkwell is a creative hub helping people with mental health difficulties express themselves through arts and crafts. Their work as a project is based on developing creative skills whatever an individual’s background or ability, as an integral part of the journey towards recovery from mental health issues. Their services range from fine arts to ceramics to multimedia with an ever-expanding range of additional courses. They have lots of groups and activities open for all, from a craft café on Thursday afternoons to their Saturday café with excellent value vegetarian & vegan food.

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