Leeds Art Gallery introduces Artineraries range of trails to help time-poor art lovers

By Culture24 Reporter | 27 September 2011
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Artineraries, a new idea from Leeds Art Gallery, approaches a vast collection with careful time management
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With works covering the Northern Art Prize, delights formed in formaldehyde by Damien Hirst and canvasses created by the likes of Atkinson Grimshaw, Paula Rego and Bob & Roberta Smith, the widely-acclaimed collection at Leeds Art Gallery can be daunting in its density for visitors pressed for time.

Mindful of this, and with the end of the summer holidays upon us, planners have come up with Artineraries, a series of timed trails ranging from a five-minute glimpse of the outside artworks and entrance hall attractions to a perusal of Hirst’s Artists Rooms show lasting nearly an hour…

Five minutes: Suggestions for the extremely time-strapped
  • Use your smartphone to scan birdboxes in the trees outside the gallery with QR codes and listen to bird sounds from Northern Art Prize alumni Alec Finlay
  • See the towering Austin Wright and arresting Elisabeth Frink works in the entrance hall alongside contemporary sculpture
  • See Damien Hirst’s still-shocking lamb suspended in formaldehyde, Away from the Flock

15 minutes: When there's time to kill before the next bus
  • A Series of Objects Carefully Arranged – an exhibition by Leeds’ Young Curators
  • Ascend the central hall staircase to walk around structures in the Construction and its Shadow exhibition
  • Pick up a leaflet on Yorkshire’s Favourite Paintings from the entrance hall and see local stars Paula Rego and Gillian Ayres in the contemporary art galleries

30 minutes: A half hour's fix
  • Head to the Small Sculpture Gallery where Damien Hirst’s Notting Hill restaurant Pharmacy, which closed in 2003, has been recreated with original pattern wallpaper and place settings
  • The 19th century art collection in the ground floor Ziff gallery has sculpture by Rodin, paintings by Atkinson Grimshaw, Scotland Forever by Lady Elizabeth Butler and the gallery’s most recent contemporary art acquisition, This is General Gordon I Have Forgotten was There a Past? by Bob & Roberta Smith
  • A short film in the video screening room by Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Poised in the Infinite Ocean, split across three screens

50 minutes: For contemplative culture vultures
  • The first floor contemporary and modern art galleries feature works by  Francis Bacon, John Piper and Percy Wyndham Lewis
  • Bring a sketch pad or grab paper and pencils from the ground floor ArtSpace before sitting down and becoming inspired to create a new masterpiece
  • See the full Artist’s Rooms: Damien Hirst exhibition, full of examples of work from across his career
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