Navigating Yorkshire: Printmakers Exploring Place - At Art Station, Huddersfield Railway Station 

21. May - 13. Jul 14 / ended West Yorkshire Print Workshop


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Navigating Yorkshire: Printmakers Exploring Place at Art Station, Huddersfield Railway Station

Navigating Yorkshire brings together new and recent artworks by seven printmakers investigating the relationships we form with place, in order to greet travellers through Huddersfield Railway station with an alternative and personally charged insight into the geography of Yorkshire.

Presented by West Yorkshire Print Workshop Gallery,

at Art Station, Huddersfield (Huddersfield Railway Concourse) 21 May – 13 July 2014

What personal connections do we make with this geography during the course of our everyday lives?
How might these connections be represented by an artist so as to introduce visitors to a place?
How might an emotional relationship with a landscape take visual precedence over a spatial one?
How might a place be navigated according to affinity, as opposed to proximity?

As a part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014, West Yorkshire Print Workshop will be presenting a special exhibition, which investigates the questions above, in a venue thoroughly apt for welcoming Le Tour followers to the north of England. Mediating between the calm grandeur of a neo-classical facade and the constant bustle of six platforms, this venue is Art Station- an exhibition space newly born of the Huddersfield Railway concourse.

West Yorkshire Print Workshop, in partnership with Art Station, has invited their affiliated printmakers- both WYPW members and PrintmakingOnline members- to showcase new and recent work that will greet the travelling public with an alternative and personally charged insight into the geography of the county. By abandoning cartographic convention and mapping places according to personal journeys and lived experience, the exhibition promises to offer up new subjective means for navigating Yorkshire- to both expectant first-time visitors and to regular commuters of the concourse.

Participating artists are:
- Gavin Campbell
- Andrew Hambleton
- Emily Harvey
- Brian Hindmarch
- Amy Hirst
- Scarlette Homeshaw
- Michelle Keegan

Collective Mapping Running alongside this exhibition, West Yorkshire Print Workshop will be inviting visitors to their gallery in Mirfield to map their own personal experiences of Yorkshire on a large map of the county. This collective mapping will celebrate the county and the personal histories embedded in its landscape as we await the Grand Depart and the excitement of Le Tour.

Navigating Yorkshire: Lesley Bohanna, textile artist Additionally, to compliment Navigating Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Print Workshop will be exhibiting the work of textile artist Lesley Bohanna (also from 21 May 2014), whose current practice is concerned with the industrial landscape. The display, which will be located in WYPW’s stairwell, will evolve over its duration as Lesley produces new work and on 25 June 2014, her latest creations, which see her specifically turn her attention towards Yorkshire, will be installed to complete the Navigating Yorkshire display.

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