Flotsam and Jetsam

14 Jan 2017 – 3 Mar 2017

Event times

Mon - Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm

Cost of entry



Leeds, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • bus no's 1,28,95,96 -from the St John Centre alight at the Arndale Centre Headingley
  • burley train station 1 mile away

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The accumulation of the world’s detritus and debris provides inspiration for this new body of work. Whether that be the result of wreckage at sea or lost cargo, objects are constantly being washed up on shore fronts, often having crossed large distances and even continents.


Within that journey these objects undergo a processes of ageing, disintegration and erosion. The original function becomes obsolete and they take on new physical and textural forms. They are changing shape in addition to mapping their journeys and making apparent their histories.

As we live within a “culture of austerity” the discarded, wasted and throwaway are likewise being transformed with resourcefulness and innovation. A large part of 
Symonds recent practice involves making use of discarded canvases, the ones stored away and overlooked. He began to recycle, reuse, and re-value. Gradually new structures and forms emerged from this process of dismantling and constant 
rearrangement. Although altered in their shape, surface and identity the traces of the original form is obvious. 

Pete Symonds was born near Perth, Australia and now lives and works in Leeds. 
He gained a B.A.(Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University and has 
exhibited at various galleries nationwide. He was also shortlisted for the NatWest Painting Prize.


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