leeds: industry and the landscape with joe singleton & theo simpson 30th nov ’21

This November we are joined by two local artists Joe Singleton and Theo Simpson talking to us about their work exploring industry, histories and the landscape. As always, our Leeds talks are in conjunction with Village Books.

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Tuesday 30th November, 2021. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm 

Headrow House (first floor), Leeds

Free Entry

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Joe Singleton

Born in 1987, in Scunthorpe and now based in Leeds, Joe Singleton is a recent graduate of Leeds Arts University where he obtained a Master’s degree in Photography. Joe is also one of the co-founders of Take it Easy film lab in Leeds.

Common themes within his work are an interest in social history within working class towns; how communities are created through traditions and how visual language can constitute or influence the collective identity of a place. His recent work has included Six Months of (Social) Housing in Sheffield, a book focused on the Lansdowne estate in Highfield, Sheffield; and MTPA (Million Tons Per Annum), an exhibition which draws together a vast amount of archival material to analyse his hometown of Scunthorpe and its inherent links to the steel industry.

Theo Simpson

Born in 1986 Doncaster, England, Theo lives and works in Lincolnshire, England. His experience was predominantly in the manufacturing industry before completing a HND in photography at Sheffield College (2008) and later a degree in Photography at Sheffield institute of arts. In January 2019 he was selected as a Jerwood | Photoworks awardee and in 2020 he was named as the first recipient of the Bernd and Hilla Becher advancement award for photography. Simpson ́s work is held in some public collection including Fotomuseum, Winterthur and Foam photography museum, Amsterdam.

Theo Simpsons ongoing body of work sets out to shape a new idea of landscape, through it’s evolution, manipulation, histories, mythologies and order – how significant the interplay of these forces are, with our idea of reality and today’s world. The work looks back as far as the first evidence of humans altering the natural world over 6000 years ago, to the age of discovery and the new character of civilization in the age of the machine.  Whilst the work concerns itself with the blinding depths of this irrevocable evolution, it also speculates on new events and technological realities that will shape the future.

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Tuesday 30th November, 2021. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm 

Headrow House (first floor), Leeds

Free Entry

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