Figure – Process – Material
24 January - 28 January 2017
The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle outreach and engagement programme has been developed to be connected with Rebecca Warren’s striking bronze sculpture Man and the dark (2016) that was located outside the Henry Moore Institute during their exhibition The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics and co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Henry Moore Institute.
This YST programme involved working with identified groups in Leeds and Wakefield with participation for community groups at the heart of the activity. The programme featured a series of free short courses and workshops with artist led sessions in the galleries and visits to the institutions that comprise the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park).
The first public exhibition of work created by participants in this YST programme took place in Wakefield, December 2016, with the second exhibition hosted by The Gallery at Munro House.
This project has been supported by the following organisations:
AXIS, Leeds City Council, Wakefield Council, Henry Moor Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Works Education Association, Leeds Adult Social Care, Inkwell, The Bridge, and Millennium Care.
Paul Digby is a Leeds-based artist who graduated in 1997 from Norwich University College of the Arts.
“I have work in the Welcome Trust Collection and with private collectors. I have exhibited in including the RBS Gallery, Leeds City Gallery, the Cornerhouse in Manchester and the Saatchi Gallery. I have held residencies in High Royds and Rampton Hospital. I work with drawing, painting and sculpture.”
“I developed an interest in psychiatric diagnosis whilst on my MA at Bretton Hall University of Leeds in 2001 and have moved towards researching areas involved with Neuro-plasticity, the relationship between the brain and environment. In my practice I aim to capture this and our evolved need for narrative. Experimental Psychologist Bruce Hood argues “that the self – this entity at the centre of our personal universe – is actually just a story, a constructed narrative”. I think we attribute a Self narrative construct in to our creative practice, we can then place any manifestations within a physical space and a consciousness.”
“I sit on the steering group for the Yorkshire and Humber Contemporary Visual Arts Network, an organisation set up to help stimulate the regions art economy.”
“I was the Director of the National Arts and Science Network (2010-2013) which had a succession of ACE commissions for stimulating dialogue between the arts and sciences with a series of exhibitions, conferences and seminars in the Yorkshire region. NASN consists of a twelve person board and four staff.”
“I teach in Adult Education for the Workers Education Association. Working in Adult Social Care settings including mental health, people with a disability and socially deprived areas. I also deliver sessional work as a freelance artist.”
For more information about the artist please visit Paul Digby’s website.