Leeds nostalgia: Art project creates ‘Echoes’ in time

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Visual arts students from Bradford have collaborated with a Leeds artist for an exhibition at an industrial museum.

The students, aged between 25 and 65, have been working on ‘Echoes’ at Armley Mills in collaboration with Leeds artist David Bridges, whose solo ceramic work ‘Memoria’ centres on the theme of memory and comprises a series of porcelain sculptures that are illuminated from within.

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Supported by Arts Council England, Memoria is part of a national initiative designed to reinvigorate museum spaces and collections through curators working in collaboration with contemporary artists.

Echoes is a collection of textile, photography, ceramic and film works created and curated by the students. David worked in partnership with Bradford College School of Arts & Media as a significant element of Memoria, engaging with students across a wide range of disciplines and year levels.

David said: “Although I received notification of the funding in April 2014 I actually started work on this project in June 2013. Over the months I spent a lot of time simply being there within the museum’s spaces and outbuildings. Out of this I formed an interest in what lies behind the materiality of the mill and the machinery that fills its spaces; what were the people like who inhabited this space think about?

• Echoes runs at the mills from Saturday August 1 to 30; Memoria from Saturday 1 August to Sunday 4 October.

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