Published On: Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 on 6:11 pm

Hidden histories set to light up Leeds College of Art

Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth is a College alumni. Image courtesy: Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Moving light projections are to light up the Leeds College of Art as it celebrates its 10th ever Light Night event.

On 3 October, the College will present an interactive projection that will bring the College’s historic Vernon Street building to life by showcasing the timeline of artwork created within its walls, from current and past students dating back to 1846.

Named ‘Ways of Seeing’, moving images will be projected onto the 46ft high building of the College, exemplifying artwork from a diverse mix of artists, designers, sculptors, cartoonists and film directors.

It will also celebrate the past and present works from prominent artists who began their art careers at the College including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, Clio Barnard and Leigh Francis (better known as Keith Lemon).

The visual reality of the building will change, shift and ripple, giving the appearance of animated moving blocks as it is arranged by live improvised jazz music from artists Christophe de Bezenac and Chris Sharkey.

Simone Wonnacott, the principal of Leeds College of Art, said: “It is still incredible to think that our Vernon Street building has been a purpose built art school since 1903, with many of our renowned alumni passing through over the years, including Yorkshire’s Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

“We’re all excited here at the College to celebrate the hidden histories of Leeds College of Art, immersed within its walls, in this unique, innovative projection commission for this year’s Light Night.”

The show will run from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, with live performances at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm.

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