CuratorSpace and Leeds Big Screen to showcase Yorkshire artists

CuratorSpace is working with Leeds Big Screen to showcase artists with a connection to Yorkshire who work in film and video. Films will be screened in Millennium Square at 1pm and 6pm daily throughout October. Here are the first artists to be showcased in this new partnership.

Ayse Balköse
Voice, 2:55, 2018

Ayse works with identity and memory and the ways to re-construct memory to re-design an identity. Her work explores the relationship between identity and memory, and her audio-visual works are meditative preparation for creating her abstract paintings.

Ayse’s film, Voice, shows a group of immigrant and refugee artists trying to find their voices in Sheffield warehouses. It is a monologue style reflection of the mental obstacles they have to overcome in their new environment, whilst trying to find places to create personally meaningful work.

Alice Bradshaw
Rubbish, 0:39, 2011

Alice Bradshaw is an artist, curator, researcher and writer based in West Yorkshire, UK. She works with a wide range of media and processes involving the manipulation of everyday objects and materials. Mass-produced, anonymous objects are often rendered dysfunctional caricatures of themselves, addressing concepts of purpose and futility. Alice creates or accentuates subtleties, blurring distinctions between the absurd and the mundane. Alice also curates, often collaboratively, and is founding director of the Museum of Contemporary Rubbish. Her film Rubbish, is a montage from the Museum of Contemporary Rubbish


Rhian Cooke
The Turning of the Helmet, 2:55, 2018

The Turning of the Helmet is a short film commissioned by Random Acts alongside Northern Tyneside Cinema, True North and Home. A reimagined idea of the past is shown within an Imagined environment. The camera discovers an unseen narrative. The story is not told through a human voice but through ceramic and textile objects where a ceramic crowned helmet has the leading role. It awakens and turns layers of time until the real world is reached in a World War Two Pill Box.

Positions of time in Rhian’s work are explored through her own personal surroundings, paintings, small sculptural objects such as jewellery and clothing through moving image. The environments she creates are dreamlike, often translucent; with only the suggestions of a human presence, a bowl, a cup, a glove. The objects are the characters; they have the starring role. Some look like artifacts, whereas others come from another world.



Sharon Harvey
Gormire, 4:40, 2018

Sharon Harvey was born and bred in Yorkshire (Scarborough). She is an MA Fine Art student in her final year at the University of Leeds. Her studio practice is lens-based, photography, both digital and traditional darkroom processes and moving image. Harvey aims to capture the dark beauty and 'otherness' that exists within the rural landscapes of the North. 

Her film, Gormire, explores the black waters of Lake Gormire, North Yorkshire, which are steeped in dark superstition and folklore. Liminal spaces exist here, acting as a portal or gateway to the underworld. Lens-based media is used to invoke otherworldly elements, both actual and spiritual that lie within the beautiful, yet troubled landscape.



Tony Maj
Assembling Shoes, 4:41, 2018

Tony is a Sheffield based artist, working in photography, video, sound and sculpture. His film, Assembling Shoes is a visual poem that embraces projected expressions with invisible landscapes and urban architecture. Using connections which are intuitive and often oblique, the film unfolds to a montage of sequences that are illusive and transient in experience. The soundtrack is made from electronic compositions and found sounds.



Alistair Macdonald
Streaming (After Welsby), 4:54, 2016

Alistair Macdonald is an artist-filmmaker based in Marsden, West Yorkshire and runs a commercial practice, Curlew Films. His short films have been shown across the world. He has a particular interest in landscape and the relationship of people to place and is currently working on a series of films about Dewsbury.

The film Streaming (After Welsby) is an experiment in landscape filming and a response to Chris Welsby's Streamline (1976) which he filmed over a 10 yard stretch of a stream on Kinder Scout. Streaming was filmed in the Wessenden Valley, West Yorkshire, over a 10 yard stretch of Wessenden Brook in March 2015. Whereas in Welsby's film one moving camera points only at the stream for the film's duration, in filming Streaming five cameras were used and were allowed to point at anything from a position within the 10 yard stretch of the brook. All recording was done from the water.


Janey Walklin
Surface, 3:20, 2012
Crow, 0:32, 2016
Water to the Weaving Shed, 2:42, 2015

Janey is a visual artist working in a variety of media. She plays with process and imagination to record an emotional response. Her film work has previously been shown by Pavilion, Leeds and Cinewomen, Norwich.



Kenneth Yates
The Programme, 3:57, 2012

Kenneth Yates studied Fine Art and Creative Writing at Leeds University, and currently works as a freelance filmmaker. His stageplay 'Dust' was produced at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2009, and he has made short films for Screen Yorkshire and North West Vision. He works in writing, photography, and film - always seeking to find mystery and magic in the mundane. Kenneth’s film, The Programme, is a meditation on the present reflecting the past and the waves of interference that ensue.

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