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“ARCHITECTURE IS INHABITED SCULPTURE” CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI

PARK HERE & PLAY footage by Nick Singleton

New Exhibition Until 29 September

DLA Design, 55 St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2TE

In response to the Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 festival DLA Design is featuring some of our favourite collaborations with artists, sculptors and makers as part of a new exhibition on display now at our St Paul’s street office in Leeds.

During the period of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 yorkshire-sculpture.org (22 June – 29 September), we will be featuring a range of projects showcasing the many ways in which DLA has collaborated with artists over the years.

55 St Paul’s Street, the venue for our exhibition, has a history of displaying Artist’s work, having opened as a gallery in 1979. Sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy OBE was the Holbeck Triangle artist-in-residence at St Paul’s Gallery in 1986. There he initiated the Holbeck Triangle project and invited Artists such as Nicola Hicks, Andrew Logan and Anthony Gormley to submit proposals. Gormley won the competition with his 100 feet high sculpture of ‘Leeds Brick Man’, however the project was never realised.

DLA moved to 55 St Paul’s Street in 2013 and are proud to carry on the tradition of creativity in this location, drawing inspiration from the building’s artistic heritage.

The exhibition includes –

 

LEEDS ARTS UNIVERSITY 

“The spaces are being used intuitively as designed for students and staff… the University now has a building that reflects its creativity and ambitions.” Graham Morley, Head of Estates, Leeds Arts University

 

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YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK KENNEL BLOCK REFURB
“The former historic kennel block has been revived and now provides essential space for YSP’s learning team to work with schools, colleges, universities, families and community groups.” Mark Chesman, Head of Estates, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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EQUIPMENT WORKS, LONDON
“The site was originally the home of the Associated Equipment Company factory. The factory was responsible for manufacturing motorised London buses until 1927. We have taken inspiration from patterns, design and typography found in these historic vehicles, as well as historic landscape patterns in the locality to influence the proposed landscape designs, signage, street furniture and play elements.” DLA Design

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CENTRAL SQUARE ‘INTERSECTION’, ARTIST : JO FAIRFAX
“The dynamic diagonals of the exterior glass inspired the dynamic diagonals of the LED light form. The lights are programmed to change colour in relation to historic events in Leeds. No four hours are the same. The colour pallet of InterSection changes during the seasons.” Jo Fairfax

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VOTES FOR WOMEN, MANCHESTER FLOWER SHOW
“This pocket garden celebrates the achievements of incredible women who have fought for women’s rights and of Pankhurst’s fight to win the right to vote in particular. The installation is a playful interpretation of the march of the suffragettes to celebrate women’s political history.” DLA Manchester Team
Winners of the Best Pocket Garden at Manchester Flower Show

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PARK HERE 2016, ARTISTS : REETSO
“We really enjoyed how interrupting the urban environment with Park Here was a fantastic way to engage people with ‘Sow an Idea’ and enabled people to open up through conversations about improving our cities and personal wellbeing.” Alice Withers & Lucy Courtney-Clegg, Reetso

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PARK HERE AND PLAY 2017, MCCLOY + MUCHEMWA
“The project emphasises that public space and the gallery are for everyone, and that play, art and the historical context can be thought of differently.” Bo Muchemwa & Steve McCloy, McCloy + Muchemwa

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 POP UP AND PLAY 2018 
“Pop Up & Play 2018 brings together Artists, Architects and Audiences to transform Victoria Gardens into and extraordinary programme of activity inspired by the exhibition Natural Selection at Leeds Art Gallery.” Sarah Brown, Principal Keeper, Leeds Art Gallery

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A MAZE, ARTIST: RICHARD WOODS
“Colour in my work is never naturalistic, I wanted to take the drystone wall away from the real thing and into the comic world – a drawing of a drystone wall and not a real drystone wall.” Richard Woods

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FORSTER SQUARE, ARTIST : IAN RANDALL
“DLA Design worked closely with the selected artist, Ian Randall, to ensure the cohesive integration of his concept into the overall proposals for the Forster Square scheme.” DLA Design

 

SWING IT! ARTISTS: MORAG MYERSCOUGH AND LUKE MORGAN
“We felt strongly that the piece needed to connect with the local community and to record their memories and experience of play, we held a poetry workshop with the local youth theatre group Yew Tree and between us wrote a poem called ‘Dirty Knees & Mucky Faces”. Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan

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BREWERY WHARF, ARTIST: IAN RANDALL
“I have been doing this for 20 years, but this is such a big project – I think my family now finally acknowledge that I am a Sculptor.” Ian Randall

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