Studio Visit (Matthew Houlding) & Curator-led Tours (Gary Hume & Michael Dean)

Matthew Houlding, Untitled, 2011, mixed media, 144 x 61 x 18cm. Image courtesy the artist and Ceri Hand Gallery

14 April 2012


North Member Programme

Todmorden & Leeds


Join us for a series of exclusive events in Todmorden and Leeds. The day will include:

– A studio visit in Todmorden (West Yorkshire) with artist Matthew Houlding. Matthew’s sculptures and collages draw us into a fantastic, retro-futuristic world inspired by architectural forms and models, modernism and a childhood spent in East Africa. Solo exhibitions of his work include The Chemosphere (New Art Gallery Walsall, 2010), and Sons of Pioneers (Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool and The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, 2009).

– A tour of Gary Hume (Flashback from the Arts Council Collection) with Sarah Brown (Curator of Exhibitions) at Leeds Art Gallery. Gary Hume first found international fame in the early 1990s, with his series of bold, abstract ‘door paintings’. As one of the YBAs, his work was in Charles Saatchi’s now famous Sensation (1997) exhibition and he has since exhibited internationally, becoming best known for vibrant, large scale paintings, executed in planes of bold, glossy household paint.

– Finally, we will move next door to the Henry Moore Institute for a tour of the first solo exhibition in a British public gallery of the artist Michael Dean. Born in Newcastle in 1979, Dean is an emerging artist who works with sculpture and writing to explore the limits of both. Entitled Government, this exhibition will feature recent and newly commissioned work. Pavel Pyś (Exhibitions & Displays Curator) will lead the tour, providing a unique insight into Dean’s practice.

This event is part of a series of events programmed by the Contemporary Art Society in the North West. Membership cost is £50 for New Members.

If you are not yet a member and would like to join, or to receive further information about the organisation and its activities, please contact Rebecca Morrill at or call 07815 830182.


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