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In dialogue: Terre Thaemlitz, Laurence Rassel & Griselda Pollock
14 July, 6–8pm, at Wharf Chambers

Pavilion presents a discussion between audio producer Terre Thaemlitz, curator Laurence Rassel, and art historian Griselda Pollock. The event considers the male/female gender paradigm in relation to feminism's dismantling of patriarchy.

Terre Thaemlitz is a transgender audio producer, DJ and writer whose work combines a critical look at identity politics with with an ongoing analysis of the socio-economics of commercial media production.

Laurence Rassel is currently Artistic Director of Fundació Antoni Tàpies. Between 1997-2008, as part of Constant, Brussels, her investigative work centred around feminist artistic practice and intellectual property. In 2007 she collaborated with Thaemlitz on The Laurence Rassel Show, an electroacoustic radio drama about feminist anonymity.

Griselda Pollock is Professor of the Social & Critical Histories of Art at the University of Leeds. She is a major influence in feminist theory, feminist art history and gender studies and played an important role in the establishing of Pavilion in 1983.

This event forms part of Pavilion’s ongoing preoccupation with the organisation’s history as a feminist photography centre.

With thanks to Feminist Review Trust & Leeds Inspired

Tickets: free
Advance booking essential.
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At: Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf St, Leeds, LS2 7EQ

Image: Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger in conversation with Giles Bailey
28 June, 2–4pm, Harewood House

Artist Gustav Metzger (b. 1926, Nuremberg) came to England through the Kindertransport scheme in 1939. From 1941–2, he studied carpentry at the ORT Technical College on Roseville Road in Leeds and in 1943–4 worked as a joiner at the Harewood Estate. During this time he developed ‘a love affair’ with Temple Newsam House where curator Philip Hendy installed the Leeds Art Gallery collection and staged a series of exhibitions by modern artists, including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Paul Nash. 

Having attended art school, on the advice of Henry Moore, Metzger published his Auto-Destructive Art Manifesto in 1959, shortly followed by his first public art demonstration at the Temple Gallery, London. In its destructiveness, his practice addresses the susceptibility of industrial society to catastrophic events. He has said, “Facing up to the Nazis and the powers of the Nazi state coloured my life as an artist.”

Metzger’s work is currently on show at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, in an exhibition titled Lift Off! that brings together film, sculpture and installation made by the artist between the late 1950s and early 1970s.

Metzger will be in conversation with artist Giles Bailey (b. 1981, York) whose writing and performance-based work acknowledges doubt and subjectivity in making sense of past events. Currently Lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University, Giles has performed at OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow and Chisenhale Gallery, London.

The talk will be followed by a tour of the Henry Moore exhibition with Harewood House curator, Nicola Stephenson, and Arts Council Collection curator, Lizzie Simpson.

With thanks to Arts Council England, EU Culture Programme, Harewood House and Leeds City Council.

Tickets: Free
Advance booking essential.
Book online or email

At: The Steward's Room, Harewood House, Leeds, LS17 9LG.

The no. 36 bus to Harewood runs from Leeds City Bus Station every 15 minutes. A buggy service departs from the main entrance to the estate at regular intervals.

This event is now booked up. Please don't turn up without a ticket!

Faustino Corsi: Stories in Stone
5 June, 5.30–7pm, Brotherton Room, University of Leeds

Pavilion presents a talk by Monica T. Price, Head of Earth Collections at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

The stunning polished stones used by ancient Rome, and brought from across the Empire, inspired nineteenth century lawyer Faustino Corsi to collect. Corsi published catalogues describing and classifying 1,000 stone samples and his collection arrived at the University of Oxford in 1827.

ach sample has a rich pattern of minerals, and sometimes fossils, telling a story of an event in geological time - a volcano erupting or hot magma intruding into the crust of the Earth, continents colliding to form mountains, an earthquake, a deep ocean, or a shallow tropical sea.

The distinctive colours and patterns also imply a rich cultural history of emperors and kings, trade and hard labour, exploration and rediscovery, of historic buildings, inspirational sculpture, recycling and imitation.

The talk is the second of a research and development series exploring the geological.

Monica T. Price is Head of Collections at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and manages an internationally important collection of fossils, rocks, minerals, meteorites and gemstones. She wrote
Decorative Stone: The Complete Sourcebook (Thames & Hudson 2007) and in 2012, with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, launched the Corsi collection website

Tickets: Free
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At: Brotherton Room, Brotherton Library, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Image: Mender, Margaret Pritchard, at work in teh Mending Department of J. & S. Rhodes' Prospect Mill, Morley, 1965. Image courtesy of Leodis and David Atkinson Archive.

Leeds–United! (1974)
8 June, 2.30–5pm, Hyde Park Picture House

In collaboration with curator Amy Charlesworth, Pavilion presents a screening of Leeds–United!, produced in 1974 as a BBC Play for Today that depicts an industrial dispute in the Leeds clothing trade.

Leeds–United! reconstructs a 1970 strike in which 30,000 Leeds workers, mostly women, came out for a gender-equal shilling-per-hour increase, but were controversially undermined by their own union. Written by Colin Welland, directed by Roy Battersby and featuring Lynne Perrie, Elizabeth Spriggs and Lori Wells, the film was praised for its use of Leeds locations and its handling of crowd scenes involving hundreds of locals, including many of the 1970 strikers.

The screening is organised as part of an ongoing project with Justice for Domestic Workers, a self-organised group of migrant domestic workers who campaign for their rights and welfare in the UK. In 2013 the London-based group extended its activity to Leeds.

The event will include an introduction by representatives from Justice for Domestic Workers. It is generously supported by the Hyde Park Picture House, as part of the cinema's centenary celebrations. It is programmed as part of Hannah Festival 2014.

With thanks to the BBC and Colin Welland for making this screening possible.

Tickets: free but donations welcome.
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At: Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD


The Lost Japanese Gardens of Otley
27 May, 6.00–7.30pm at Otley Parish Church

A wealthy landowner, affected with the craze for Japanese gardening, invited the Japanese Ambassador to luncheon, and afterwards ("London Opinion" relates) showed him round the gardens and greenhouses, keeping the Japanese garden till the last as a delightful surprise. When, after admiring the beauty of all the other gardens, the Ambassador was at last taken to the imitation of the gardens of his own flowery land, he held up his hands in enthusiastic delight. "Ah," he exclaimed, "this is wonderful! We have nothing like this in Japan!"
– The Yorkshire Evening Post – Wednesday 30 July 1913

Working in collaboration with artist Harold Offeh, The Follies of Youth, a collective of young artists and curators, consider the cultural misconceptions resulting from the UK's historic fascination with Japan. The event will activate the 100-year old site of Otley's Japanese garden, recalling its former spectacle and community, in partnership with Otley Museum, The Japanese Garden Society and Yorkshire Gardens Trust. The programme includes a presentation of archival photographs and talks that highlight the aesthetics of the Japanese garden and its relationship to the Yorkshire landscape. A new composition by sound artist Ryoko Akama will be performed in Otley Parish Church. Offeh's new performance, Japamania, will take place on the site of the garden, bringing to life its different features buried beneath a century of rubble.

Meet at Otley Parish Church, Kirkgate, Otley, LS21 3HW.

A costume making workshop will take place in the Parish Room from 5.30pm before the main event at 6pm.

Harold Offeh's perfomance will include a short walk to the former garden. Please do not park by the garden site.

Japanese tea and Yorkshire treats provided.

Free. All welcome. Booking essential. Book online or contact 0113 343 2718.

Supported by Arts Council England, Crossley Evans, EU Culture Programme, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society and Otley Parish Church.

Image: Courtesy of Otley Museum


Image: Grace Schwindt, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, 2014

Free Individual/ Free Society
A telephone performance by Grace Schwindt
With Monique Smith-Mcdowell and Bridget Crone
13 May, 6.30–7.45pm at Hyde Park Picture House

In the late 19th century, before the advent of radio, telephone lines enabled remote audiences to listen to live performances and concerts. Artist Grace Schwindt will use this rudimentary method of communication to connect the cinema audience to a one-off performance she will choreograph in an empty theatre in Leeds. Based on a passage from Schwindt’s forthcoming film, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, and featuring dancer Monique Smith-McDowell and a text prepared for the occasion by Bridget Crone, the event will interrogate ideas of liveness, detachment and community as they relate to the body of both performer and spectator. 

At: Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD

Tickets: free
Capacity is limited, booking essential. Book online or contact / 0113 343 2718

From the Field to the Museum:
Concepts of time in the artistic practices of Mark Dion
1 May, 5.30-7pm at University of Leeds

Pavilion presents a talk by Bergit Arends, addressing works by Mark Dion, with attention to fieldwork and re-enactment, set in relation to concepts of time and the Anthropocene. Dion's art uncovers the structures that govern the natural world, dissolving the boundary between nature and culture.

This event is the first in a rolling Pavilion series exploring 'the geological'.

At: Brotherton Room, Brotherton Library, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT
Tickets: free
Capacity is limited, booking essential. Book online or contact / 0113 343 2718

Bergit Arends is an independent curator whose recent work includes Galápagos, a touring show of 13 artists' works based onresearch undertaken on the Ecuadorian archipelago. Arends was Curator of Art at the Natural History Museum in London from 2005 to 2013 where she curated a number of major exhibitions and commissioned works, in addition to aninternational artists-in-residence programme. Highlights include the exhibition Lucy + Jorge Orta:Amazonia,shown as part of International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 and Mark Dion: Systema Metropolis (2007).

In 2009 Arends commissioned artist Tania Kovats to create a new permanent artinstallation for the Museum’s iconic Central Hall to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. From 1999 to 2004 Arends managed the science and art programme at the Wellcome Trust. She studied Curating of Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art and is currently undertaking PhD research on the curation of environmental art projects in the Geography Department at Royal Holloway University of London. 

Image: Earth Education at Leeds: The Whole World in a Ray of Light curated by Jessica Henderson and LauraSel

The Follies of Youth researching The Gott Collection at Hepworth Wakefield.

Mapping Exercises I-III
March 2014 - February 2015

Pavilion is commissioning three artists – Ruth Lyons, Giles Bailey and Amelia Crouch – to respond to three landscapes in Yorkshire; Byram Park (nr. Knottingley), Stapleton Park (nr. Pontefract) and Whitley Beaumont (nr. Huddersfield). The landscapes, attributed to C18th designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, are in varying states of ruination, cultivation and industrialisation. The artist productions, titled Mapping Exercises I-III, will be produced within the landscapes throughout 2014 and exhibited at The Calder - Hepworth Wakefield in 2015.

The three artists are collaborating with The Follies of Youth, a collective of practitioners – specialising in art history, museum studies, design and fine art – who are considering the ‘lost garden’ as a site of political potential. In 2013, The Follies of Youth produced the performance Pinatopia & Mount Folly with artist Harold Offeh at Temple Newsam.

Ruth Lyons creates sculptures and installations that highlight the landscape and the anthroposcene, the immensity of influence that humanity now exerts on the shape of the land. A founding member of The Good Hatchery in Daingean, Offaly, Ruth has exhibited at Project Art Centre, Dublin and held a residency for Static Gallery in Liverpool.

Giles Bailey’s writing and performance practice rehearses a historiographic model that acknowledges doubt, subjectivity and reduction as inevitable factors when making sense of past events. His work has been exhibited at The Chisenhale Gallery, London, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Van Horbourg, Basel. 

Amelia Crouch plays with words as material and symbolic signifiers, addressing their status as information and interrelationship with the visual world. Past commissions have included projects with Beam, Wakefield, Project Space Leeds, Morley Literature Festival and Forty Hall, Enfield. 

Image: Celine Condorelli, 1:1000 model of Mies van der Rohe's Museum, 2011-12. Courtesy of Inheritance Projects.

Intersecting Practices
3 April - 28 May 2014

Intersecting Practices is a research group and series of seminars co-organised by Louisa Briggs (Bronte Parsonage), Nick Cass (University of Leeds), Gill Park (Pavilion) and Anna Powell (University of Huddersfield) The intention of the project is to identify ways of capturing, measuring and articulating the value of contemporary art commissions and exhibitions in heritage settings. Intersecting Practices is funded by the Creative and Cultural Industries Exchange, University of Leeds.

Upcoming seminars
3 April: Danielle Arnaud and Jordan Kaplan (Tatton Biennial), Steve Swindells (University of Huddersfield)
23 April: Judith King (Arts & Heritage)
15 May: Tom Freshwater (National Trust), Laura Guy (Inheritance Projects)
28 May: Concluding workshop

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Publication: MU 
MU is the second part of Moti's new work Hyperspace commissioned by Pavilion in partnership with Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof and CAC Vilnius.MU explores ideas around the fourth dimension, theosophy, Buddhism and Zen. The publication is designed by Kaisa Lassinaro and is available from Pavilion for £7. To order a copy contact 
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In 2013 Pavilion's programme is generously supported by: Arts Council England, Austrian Cultural Fund, CAC Vilnius, Elephant Trust, EU Culture Programme, Humber Learning Consortium, Hyde Park Picture House, Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Leeds City Council, Leeds Inspired, Market Share, Mondriaan Fund, Recon, Rushbond Plc, University of Leeds