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Curious about York? Meet York Curiouser…

Posted on 17 February 2014

Department involved in exciting exploration of the city via contemporary art interventions

02-02-2014 York Curiouser

An exciting and innovative new visual arts project in which artists from across the country will explore hidden areas of York has recently been unveiled.

York Curiouser will explore the historic city through contemporary art interventions. From 14 June to 7 July 2014 new artworks will lead people into unexplored and hidden areas of York, as well as encouraging them to take a fresh look at better-known parts of the city.

The project was initiated, and is being curated, by Co-Artistic Directors Hazel Colquhoun, an independent public art commissioning curator, and Lara Goodband, an independent visual art curator.

The artworks will cover a range of media including light, sound, ceramics, poetry and textiles, developed specifically for locations as diverse as the Fishergate Postern Tower, public gardens, and the many snickelways that lace the city.

The final weekend of York Curiouser will coincide with the start of the Tour de France Grand Départ in York, and is part of the 100-day Yorkshire Festival accompanying the tour. It is also part of the University of York’s annual Festival of Ideas.

Lara Goodband and Hazel Colquhoun say: “York is an almost intact Medieval city that has grown and developed organically. Unlike British nineteenth-century cities, it has a more human scale to it so that snickets, alleyways and passages have all grown up with it. This means that York has many hidden, curious areas to it and its scale is perfect as the canvas for contemporary artists. 

“We want people to see York afresh and to explore this famous city in a new way by following new routes and ideas created by thoughtful new artworks. We’re really excited about the work that will be created – we know there’ll be a few surprises!”

Artists taking part will include:

John Wedgwood Clarke, a writer and poet whose first full-length collection, Ghost Pot, was published recently.

Susanne Davies, an installation artist whose work includes intricate constructions using embroidery threads.

Sally Greaves-Lord, a textile artist whose work ranges from richly coloured large-scale banners to altar cloths and deckchairs.

Matt Hawthorn, an artist, academic and educator whose practice includes performance, new media, architecture, writing and curating. 

Heinrich & Palmer, who work collaboratively to create artworks ranging from photographic and light installations to large-scale projection events and public art interventions.

Janet Hodgson, whose multi-disciplinary work is concerned with constructs of time and place, and who uses performance, film and installation.

Damian Murphy, a sound artist who, in 2004, was appointed as one of the UK's first AHRC/ACE Arts and Science Research Fellows.

Jacques Nimki, who works from and within the urban landscape, creating projects and installations using mainly weeds and flowers.

Karen Thompson, a talented young artist working mainly in ceramics.

For more information on York Curiouser and the artists:

Twitter: @yorkcuriouser



Flickr: York Curiouser 2014

Notes to editors:

A major element of York Curiouser is education, from primary through to tertiary. University of York students are attending a series of workshops led by the Co-Artistic Directors. Both the University of York and York St John University will host an artist in residence who will develop new artwork alongside students from a range of disciplines. York Curiouser is also working with the Children's University and York Cares to offer artist-led workshops in primary and secondary schools.

York Curiouser has many strands and partners in York including the National Centre for Early Music and the Quilt Museum.

York Curiouser has made links with a range of York community groups and organisations who are meeting with and briefing the artists and helping with sites and venues. These include the River Foss Society, Friends of York Walls, the Centre for Early Music, English Heritage, National Trust, and York Conservation Trust.

The project has received funding from Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, City of York Council, The University of York, York St John University and the National Centre for Early Music. 


Further media information: Jeannie Swales at Turnstone Media: or 07968 953737