Leeds art campaigner launches new book

Dr Jeffery Sherwin with the Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Tom Murray.
Dr Jeffery Sherwin with the Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Tom Murray.
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AN ARTS campaigner and former Leeds councillor has published a new book about British surrealism and the impact that local artists had on the movement.

Dr Jeffrey Sherwin, an honorary alderman of Leeds and former shadow chairman of Leeds Leisure Services, has published a book called ‘British Surrealism Opened Up’, which also delves into his friendships with artists including Damien Hirst and Henry Moore.

Dr Sherwin was instrumental in the opening of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

In the mid-1970s, he came up with the idea of creating a separate sculpture gallery at the front of what was the old Leeds City Art Gallery.

Despite several knock-backs, he eventually helped to secure the £150,000 funding that was needed to make the sculpture gallery dream become a reality.

Earlier this week, Dr Sherwin donated a copy of his new book to the city by handing a copy over to the Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Thomas Murray.

The 78-year-old from north Leeds, said: “There has never been an easy read guide to British surrealism, so I thought I ought to do it.”

The book includes 300 hundred colour photographs and stories from Dr Sherwin’s experiences within the Leeds art scene.

He added: “People I talked to said they enjoyed my anecdotes more than the pictures.”

Dr Sherwin’s self-published book is on sale at Leeds City Art Gallery’s shop and costs £10.

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