Post Forma

9 October - 27 October
Leeds Art Gallery,
The Hepworth Wakefield
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and British Art Show 8 present a new commission by leading designer Martino Gamper.

Post Forma, a major new commission by acclaimed Italian designer Martino Gamper, will open at Leeds Art Gallery on 9 October 2015 (until 11 October), as part of the opening weekend of Hayward Touring’s British Art Show 8 exhibition. Post Forma then move on to be presented at The Hepworth Wakefield (24 – 25 October) and at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (26 – 27 October). The British Art Show continues at Leeds Art Gallery until 10 Jan 2016.

As part of Post Forma the artist will be asking the public to bring along belongings to be renewed rather than thrown away. This new commission is driven by Gamper’s interest in how an object can be transformed or reused and by interactions with the public. This design process will involve the expertise of local craftspeople, who will meet and engage with visitors by providing a service in a public place, hosting workshops to learn new skills and sharing traditions.

A working loom will be located in the sculpture galleries at Leeds Art Gallery, where artisans will work on a daily basis to create a woven wall hanging that will evolve throughout the exhibition period. There will also be demonstrations of design interventions by skilled craftspeople in the gallery, with workshops specialising in book binding, shoe cobbling and chair caning, for the public to learn and contribute to a craft process that transforms repaired objects.

Post Forma has been by commissioned by Yorkshire Festival and Hayward Touring, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

The British Art Show is a landmark event for the visual arts which defines current tendencies and directions in contemporary art, and introduces a new generation of artists to a wider public. British Art Show 8, curated by Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, will take over Leeds Art Gallery (from 9 Oct 2015 –10 Jan 2016). Taken from the press release.

Photography Jerry Hardman-Jones