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Innovation in Leeds

July 13, 2019

Image: (from left to right) Dr Catriona McAra (University Curator), Pippa Hale. Zsófia Jakab, Rachel Reeves (MP Leeds West), Briony Marshall, Wendy Briggs, Professor Simone Wonnacott (Vice-Chancellor).

Leeds Arts University's June exhibition showed the work of four artists shortlisted to create a new public sculpture to champion the achievements of women in the city of Leeds. The four artists were chosen in response to a project which aims to redress the gender balance of public sculpture in an innovative way, celebrating the achievements of the women of Leeds with an avant-garde approach. One artist will be commissioned to create the sculpture. The selected artists have developed models of their proposed designs which will be shown in the Blenheim Walk Gallery, alongside examples of work from other cities to highlight the broader context for women's visibility in the public realm across the UK. The exhibition coincides with a major fundraising campaign, which aims to find support both from the public and corporate sponsors keen to engage with the project.

This exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see the proposed designs created by the four shortlisted artists, Briony MarshallPippa HaleWendy Briggs, and Zsófia Jakab.