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Summer of Sculpture at The Tetley



6 MAY – 30 JULY 2017


The Tetley’s summer exhibition brings together new and recent works by London based artist Jessie FloodPaddock, with the Oak Tree series of sculptures, drawings and prints by the celebrated 20th century sculptor, the late Kenneth Armitage.


In 2013, FloodPaddock was awarded the Kenneth Armitage Fellowship, which enabled her to live and work in Armitage’s central London studio for two years. Refinding brings this private conversation between these two artists into the gallery for the first time, marking the 101st anniversary of Armitage’s birth in his home city and Flood-Paddock’s first exhibition in a public gallery outside London.

Refinding features a significant new commission by Flood-Paddock that fills the triple height of The Tetley’s Leeds Beckett Atrium. Often incorporating scaled up commonplace objects, Flood- Paddock’s practice represents the everyday and the overlooked, encouraging audiences to ‘refind’ meanings and have fresh encounters with familiar objects. For her new commission, Flood-Paddock directly references a sculpture that was lost and refound.


Jessie Flood-Paddock - Snack 16, 2015 - Silk, dip dyed cotton, epoxy resin, jute, Jesmonite, spray p


The ‘Vasa Lion’ is the figurehead of the 17th century Swedish warship that was excavated almost intact in the 1960s after sinking in the first 20 minutes of its maiden voyage in 1628. Flood-Paddock’s new sculpture is a reflection of this iconic rediscovered sculpture, changing its material and scale.

The exhibition’s title Refinding also refers to Flood-Paddock’s rediscovery of Armitage’s work. Flood-Paddock was particularly interested in Armitage’s Richmond Oak series of bronze trees, drawings and etchings produced between 1975 and 1986. Interviewed by John McEwen in 1991 Armitage talked about his first encounter with the oak trees in Richmond park "One day in 1975, in the spring, I suddenly saw them... everywhere I looked it was a revelation, the trees were alive... And from then on I was hooked absolutely, and I went usually about three times a week, sometimes early in the morning, as early as I could get there before the gates were open… and I had the place to myself. And I took sketchbooks and eventually [worked] etchings on the spot. And it made me very happy to be there".


Kenneth Armitage (1916 - 2002) - Green Park, 1983 – Bronze - The Kenneth Armitage Foundation collect

Extending outside the gallery spaces at The Tetley, Kenneth Armitage’s monumental Richmond Oak 1985,will sit at the front entrance to the building throughout the exhibition. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, and will be available from 3 June 2017.

Refinding forms part of the Armitage Centenary programme in his home city, which includes the exhibition Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and Drawing of the 1950s at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, and a series of events in partnership with the Kenneth Armitage Foundation.


Refinding is supported by The Kenneth Armitage Foundation and Carl Freedman Gallery. Jessie Flood-Paddock’s new commission is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and The Elephant Trust.



Exhibition Launch

Friday 5 May, 6.00-8.00 pm, free


Jessie Flood-Paddock In Conversation

Saturday 6 May, 2.00 pm, free



Jenny Steele: This House for Building

March – May 2017

This House for Building is a residency by artist Jenny Steele that will explore the architectural history of The Tetley building, and the wider social and cultural period of art and design during the building's construction in 1931. In particular, Steele is exploring the production of modernist screen printed textiles and wallpaper design within this period in northern England, and how this relates to the present day.

Steele is principally interested in exploring the boundaries between crafts, architecture, design and fine art which were very fluid in this period. Throughout the era between 1990-1939 there was a much closer connection between the artist/designer and the manufacturer, with blurred boundaries between fine art, decorative art and consumer culture, which has now separated, with stigma between artistic and commercial areas.

Throughout the residency a programme of Open Studio days and events will create opportunities for audiences to engage with the project. In response to this research, Steele will create a series of drawings, prints and assemblages exhibited in The Tetley Bar & Kitchen, exhibited from May 2017.

This House is for Building is supported by Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England.




From August 2017

Selected from a series of proposals by artists, designers and architects in the exhibition ‘Think Play Do’ presented at The Tetley in Summer 2015, artist Matthew Houlding’s design proposes a unique and fantastical playscape for The Tetley’s Brewery Green.

Inspired by Modernist West Coast American architecture , the sculpture is designed as an interactive artwork , working with the idea of ‘Inside the Outside’. Incorporating wall structures with coloured perspex, geometric shapes, landscaped features and a life-size palm tree, this temporary public artwork will provide an armature for intergenerational play and recreation.

Titled The Sun Shines Everyday For Ever, Houlding’s playable sculpture will be installed in July with a celebratory event-packed launch as part of The Tetley’s annual ‘Weekender’ on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August.

The Sun Shines Everyday For Ever is supported by ASDA Foundation and Leeds Inspired.


Matthew Houlding, - The Sun Shines Everyday For Ever, 2016 – Model - Photo Credit The Tetley. Image