CAVE — Centre for Audiovisual Experimentation

Lessons in the Studio, Studio in the Seminar, 2019–20
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and Fine Art Building, University of Leeds

Elizabeth Price, BOULDER 1995– ongoing, Mary Kelly, Fort/Da, 1974
and Christine Taylor Patten, 1250 AD Tangents 1-9, 2001

In 1949, Yorkshire-born modernist Herbert Read, alongside Bonamy Dobrée, Professor of English at the University of Leeds, proposed a Department of Fine Art to the University. It is now the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and also includes museum, heritage and curatorial studies.

Seventy years later this exhibition reflected on their radical plan, which asked the questions: What is the role of art practice at the heart of a research university? What is the role of the university in the education of fine artists? And, what is the relation of the university to the culture of the city and the region?

Experimental in form, the show offered a chorus of voices and media across campus. It was co-curated Dr Sam Belinfante and Prof Griselda Pollock.

Highlights included works by Terry Atkinson, Elizabeth Price, Sutapa Biswas and Lubaina Himid. The exhibition took place across two venues, with work displayed at both The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Project Space at The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

4 December 2019–4 April 2020. Extended until 31 October 2020.

Suzanne Mahdi Wilks, Stones, 2006 and Sam Belinfante, Focus, 2012
Photo: Jules Lister
Sutapa Biswas, Birdsong, 2004, detail
Installation view, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Installation view, Project Space, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
Photo: Jules Lister