Tetley’s Associate Artists Programme – Artists Announced

The Tetley is now nationally recognised as a pioneering centre for contemporary art, and in the coming year, the Tetley’s Associate Artists Programme will mentor and support four more artists:

K.P.Culver, Ro Hardaker, Jack Pell and Annabel Taylor-Munt were selected by Bryony Bond, Artistic Director at The Tetley, Dr Helen Pheby, Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Simeon Barclay, artist.  The selected TAAP artists already demonstrate a strong direction in their practice, but will benefit from the mentoring and support the Programme provides, so as to recognise and advance their talents.

They’ll each have £1,500 to spend on their individual needs, such as curatorial visits or a guest mentor.

Leeds-based K P Culver’s work looks at the relationships between body and environment via movement and repetition, focusing on office spaces and using sculpture, performance and text.  A member of artist-led studio and project space serf, exhibited at Index Festival (Leeds), Paradise Works (Manchester), and Humber Street Gallery (Hull). Also recently awarded a micro commission from The ArtHouse (Wakefield).

K P Culver. Tourist Torso. Courtesy of the artist.

Ro Hardaker ‘questions fixed logics of embodiment, advocates for difficult modes of artistic production and forms kinships with others.’   How things feel as opposed to how they look.  Sharing and research partners include The Live Art Development Agency (London), ]performance s p a c e [ (Folkestone), Future Ritual (London), SPILL Festival of Performance (London/Ipswich), Assembly #2 (Simiane-la-Rotonde, FR), Uppsala konstmuseum (Uppsala, SE) and Queer City Cinema and Performatorium (Regina, CA).

Ro Hardaker’s Plough your own furrow. Photograph by Guido Mencari.

Moving image and performance is Jack Pell’s sphere.  His work focuses on humanoid characters reciting poetry. Currently, Jack works in temporary studio spaces.  He has exhibited in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 (Liverpool John Moores University) and South London Gallery. He is co-founder of the artist-led space Freehold Projects in Leeds City Centre.

Jack Pell’s The Smart Bird and the Crazy Bird. Courtesy of the artist.

Annabel Taylor-Munt’s work investigates ‘hyper-masculine spaces and their positions in society, re-interpreting these environments by abstracting and re-configuring how they are engaged with to create new forms and interaction through choreography, film and performance.’   Annabel’s shows include Parallel Architectures IIIII, (Bridewell Prison Leeds Town Hall) Index Festival 2019 (Leeds), Tender Balance 2019, (Leeds International Festival), Mod Copeland gallery 2018 (London) and upcoming Along the plane Leeds Inspired 2019.

Annabel Taylor-Munt’s After we Met. Videographer Rob Worsey.

Tetley’s Brand Manager Al Cross said “Supporting emerging talent in Leeds and Yorkshire is really important to us at Tetley’s and it helps Joshua Tetley’s entrepreneurial spirit live on. TAAP demonstrates our dedication to both quality and innovation and the importance of supporting local community activity. We’re really excited to be part of TAAP for a second year and look forward to seeing what each of the artists creates.”

Director of The Tetley, Bryony Bond, said: “We’re delighted to have appointed these four artists. They all have an exciting and strong direction to their practices, we’re very excited to be working with them at The Tetley over the coming year and sharing their work with a wider audience.”

The TAAP artists will begin their mentoring and development from September 2019, with public events led by the artists taking place throughout the year.

Feature photograph is Annabel Taylor-Munt’s After We Met.  Videographer Rob Worsey.

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