As part of a new collaboration between the Artists’ Research Centre (ARC), The Tetley and the University of Leeds, artist Corin Sworn has been awarded the first ARC Fellowship focusing on ideas of performance, politics and popular culture.
Join us to celebrate the launch of the ARC Leeds Fellowship and to hear from Corin Sworn about her plans for the Fellowship in conversation with ARC Director Ben Roberts, plus snapshot research presentations from the University of Leeds and Bryony Bond, Creative Director at The Tetley on the gallery’s forthcoming programme.
ARC Leeds Fellow
Professor Alice O’Grady
Head of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
Dr Sam Belinfante
Director, Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE), University of Leeds
Dr Kiff Bamford
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art & Graphic Design, Leeds Beckett University
Director of the Tetley
About the Fellowship
The Artists’ Research Centre Fellowship in Leeds links artists’ practice with research at the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett and the Tetley’s exhibition programme. Broadly themed around ideas connecting performance, politics and popular culture to reflecting these programmes, this inaugural fellowship has been awarded to artist Corin Sworn.
In 2013 Sworn won the Max Mara Prize and was awarded a period of research in Italy, followed by an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London which focused on her investigations into early modern theatre and Commedia dell’arte – a theatre of social comedy which marked the beginning of professional theatre.
Coming out of this project, Sworn will use her Fellowship to investigate the performance of identity in early theatre, in which actors would perform the roles relevant to their social status; so aristocrats play gods and builders playing workers. Sworn will also consider the stage as a space for the presentation of identity and the contemporary ways in which we build our identities today from screens to online platforms and the technology we use to achieve this.
Throughout the Fellowship, a programme of events drawing on research and thinking from Sworn’s practice will be presented at the Tetley in conversation with their changing exhibition programme. Details of all events can be found here.
Image: Max Mara Art Prize for Women, Whitechapel Gallery, London, May 2015 Photo: Stephen White