The Great Indoors by Laura Ford. Courtesy Project Space Leeds
A group of stags, aka The Great Indoors by artist Laura Ford, are turning heads of commuters passing a new contemporary art space, Project Space Leeds at Whitehall Waterfront.
The oversized reindeer are drawing attention to the artist-led initiative that hopes to capitalise on the space available in Whitehall to showcase exhibitions of a size usually reserved for the bigger galleries.
The first exhibition opens on October 28. The show features eight artists, all working in different ways to explore childhood fears of what lies deep within the forest, bringing dark fairy stories into the light when viewed in the aspirational setting of the city’s West End Development.
Do You Hear What I Hear by Kelly McCallum. Courtesy Project Space Leeds
Other artists include Kelly McCallum, Sophie Lascelles and Rebecca Birch. Victorian Taxidermy and its association with preservation and disintegration inspire Kelly’s work: Sophie deals with magic lanterns and optical toys and Rebecca was influenced by a recent trip to Big Pine in California.
Wildwood is extended by a programme of literary events; walks, talks and tours that explore the history, folklore and storytelling associated with our woodlands, along with modern-day concerns about the environment. Also included are poetry readings, a talk on the Tree 37 Project at South Yorkshire Forest and performances of The Man Who Planted Trees, from Puppet State.
Wildwood is the first in a series of Arts Council funded exhibitions curated by PSL that will run to 2008.