A Feminist Space at Leeds: Looking Back to Think Forward addressed the critical and artistic innovations that have been made possible through the sustained presence of a feminist space in Leeds. It focused on the remarkable creative feminist productions that have emerged through the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, in particular The Pavilion Women’s Photography Centre, a space opened by Leeds graduates in 1983.
During the early 1980s, The Pavilion exhibited work by many important artists who were exploring the convergence between feminism and photography. This exhibition re-presented work that was shown at The Pavilion during the early 1980s by artists Jo Spence, Maud Sulter and Marie Yates. It also featured Kali, a remarkable film by artist Sutapa Biswas who was a Fine Art student at the University of Leeds and a worker at The Pavilion.
Finally, the exhibition presented Griselda Pollock’s performance work to camera, Deadly Tales.
It was curated by Gill Park, PhD student in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds in partnership with Pavilion. Supported by Arts Council England, Richard Saltoun, Estate of Maud Sulter.
Project Space, 24 November – 16 December 2017