Vitrine presents CARTOGRAPH 3 April-31 May
- Vitrine presents
CARTOGRAPH by Blair Cunningham
3 April 31 May 2006
At Vitrine venues including Leeds Train Station and The Merrion Centre and
Leeds City Art Gallery
Cartography is the science or skill of making maps. For Vitrine, artist
Blair Cunningham has made a series of drawings or maps of his personal
journeys, whether real or imagined, and displays them in glass display
cabinets at the Merrion Centre and Train Station.
The abstract patterns of criss-crossing lines portray our bus ride to work,
the short walk we make to the newsagent or sandwich shop or even the
corridors between offices where we work. These journeys affect our behaviour
and emotions and reflect something of who we are, but can we too leave an
imprint on our surroundings like a line or trace behind us?
Directors Pippa Hale and Kerry Harker have worked with the Henry Moore
Institute¹s Stephen Feeke who curated Glasgow-based artist Blair Cunningham.
A catalogue about Cartograph¹ with writing by Stephen and a map of all
Vitrine venues is available free from Leeds City Art Gallery and Gateway
Cartograph is the final exhibition in the first Vitrine programme which
began back in November 2004. Since then the project has staged a mix of
group and solo projects and shown work by over 30 artists. Vitrine is
continuing with a new programme next year and in the meantime will launch a
special publication documenting the project to date this Autumn.
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Anthony Shapland¹s Nightworkers¹ will be showing every night on the BBC¹s
Big Screen on Millennium Square, Leeds from 3 April 31 May, 11pm 6am.
The film shows nightworkers asleep during the daytime and was originally
displayed on small TV monitors in Vitrine venues as part of Leeds City Art
Gallery¹s Something Of The Night¹.
BLAIR CUNNINGHAM is an artist and lecturer based in Glasgow. He is a
graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Dundee and
Glasgow School of Art. He has taken part in Creative Connections¹ with the
British Council, an exchange of creative people between the UK and Australia
during which he was based in Melbourne. Over the last year he has show in
several group shows in the UK and in New Zealand where he was visiting
artists at the Otago School of Art, Dunedin. He is currently working toward
a project a the Otago Public Art Gallery in 2006.
Vitrine (noun); a glass display case; from French, shop window; ultimately
from Latin vitrum, glass Oxford English Dictionary. Vitrine is an 18-month
curatorial project for Leeds by Pippa Hale and Kerry Harker. It is a
not-for-profit venture funded by The Arts Council of England, with support
from Leeds City Council and The University of Leeds. Vitrine¹s venues are
all located within easy walking distance around the city centre and include
Leeds Train Station, Leeds City Art Gallery and The Merrion Centre. For
further information go to www.vitrine.org.uk
Vitrine is funded by Arts Council England and Leeds City Council with the
generous support of the University of Leeds, Logistik Ltd and Wish.
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