Leeds nostalgia: Shedding light on the history of sculpture in Leeds

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Inspired by world-famous Yorkshire sculptor Henry Moore, this eye-catching creation is going on display at Leeds City Museum as part of an innovative arts project.

Reclining, by Dan Crooks will be at Leeds City Museum from today as part of their Window Frame art project, which gives artists, young people’s groups and community groups based in Yorkshire the chance to exhibit their artwork in the two window frames at the museum’s entrance.

The structure also has wheels on the base wheels and base play a part to emphasise a state of flux and suggest movement. Originally from Sheffield, Dan Crooks graduated in 2015 with a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University of London and has lived in Leeds, London and Huddersfield.

Speaking about Reclining, he said: “I wanted to create a very minimal and abstract figurative sculpture - reducing the figurative form to a bare linear representation. My main inspiration was Henry Moore.”

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “This impressive sculpture is an eye-catching addition to the museum which I’m sure will interest and inspire visitors.

“The Window Frame project is also a fabulous opportunity for local artists and community groups to see their work on show in a prominent location and I’ll look forward to seeing more exciting work go on display in future.”

More information on the project including how to apply to exhibit your work can be found at: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

Leeds, 22nd August 1966

Miss Gladys Aylward, the missionary, with her adopted son Gordon, aged four, who was abandoned by his parents in Formosa, Miss Aylward spoke last night at St. George's Church, Leeds, where she described her experiences in China.

BACKGROUND:

Gladys Aylward (Chinese name: , pinyin: �i wei d�)
(24 February 1902 - 3 January 1970)
was the Protestant missionary to China whose story was told in the book The Small Woman by Alan Burgess, published in 1957. In 1958, the story was made into the Hollywood film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman.

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