Historical finds led to Leeds art show

DISPLAY: Zoe Horn, left, Hannah Vallis and artist David Armes at the Action of Water exhibition.
DISPLAY: Zoe Horn, left, Hannah Vallis and artist David Armes at the Action of Water exhibition.
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An art exhibition inspired by an archaeological dig in Leeds opened yesterday.

The Action of Water by artist David Armes is based on artefacts found during a site excavation before the construction of the Victoria Gate shopping centre.

Archaeological Services WYAS discovered artefacts including buttons, glass and pottery.

Mr Armes has used them as tools for print mark making for his display at 130 Vicar Lane.

The artist is driven by how sense of place can be represented. He works with letterpress printing, language and geography.

Mr Armes, who has been undertaking a residency with East Street Arts since September, has worked closely with the archaeological team that did the dig. The artist and Archaeological Services WYAS, which is based in Morley, have also done workshops with a school and community group to bring the past to life.

Dr Jane Richardson from archaeological services, said: “David’s use of the historic artefacts that we found on the Victoria Gate site is a fascinating way to reflect on the city’s heritage.

“The groups we’ve run workshops with have found the fusion of history and art a great way to engage both children and adults and we hope to contribute to similar projects in the future.”

This project is a collaboration between East Street Arts and Archaeological Services WYAS supported by Victoria Leeds.

The Action of Water exhibition will run until Thursday, December 7. Opening times are 11am to 4pm.

See eaststreetarts.org.uk/events/the-action-of-water-david-armes/ for more information.