Fri, 22 Sept|
Drawn Through confronts the experience of being blocked – either through social barriers or internal states – and suggests a collective reaffirmation of our power to create other worlds.
Time & Location
22 Sept 2023, 18:00 – 23 Sept 2023, 22:00
Assembly House, 44 Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds LS12 2PL, UK
About The Event
Drawn Through confronts the experience of being blocked – either through social barriers or
internal states – and suggests a collective reaffirmation of our power to create other worlds.
The exhibition includes engraved drawings, mixed media collage, moving image, text-based
works, lightboxes, and an algorithm-driven piece. Cutting, deletion, transference,
concealment, and interruption are strategies present throughout. Layering is applied to the
point of obliteration. Some of the pieces are continually evolving, suggesting an ongoing
process rather than a fixed, resolved state. Many of the pieces are paired to undercut their
own internal logic, while the text-based works challenge the authority of language. Some of
the pieces were made alongside others, including learning disabled people and Proximity, a
collective of artist-researchers. This highlights how collectivity has informed Atkinson’s
practice by negotiating a space of care, conflict, and reappraisal of the self, leading to
speculative thinking around our shared futures.
The exhibition brings together works from three projects: Atkinson’s practice-based PhD at
Manchester Metropolitan University, funded by a VC Scholarship and in partnership with
Venture Arts, where she worked alongside learning disabled people to explore what factors
help or hinder a person from becoming an artist; an Arts Council England funded project
where Atkinson sought to bring together the social and material aspects of her practice;
and a piece commissioned by Brighton Photo Fringe, with support from Art Fund.