Unit A, Holbeck New Mills, Braithwaite Street, Leeds, LS11 9XE, 26 March 2017

European Unision | Ruth Spencer Jolly

European Unison’ will be a performance intervention staged at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds on Sunday 26th March 2017 at 6pm, conceived by the emerging artist Ruth Spencer Jolly. 28 pianists gather to represent the members of the European Union and play out the history of the EU from its birth to Brexit. The piece acts as a eulogy to the rich cultural exchange and peacekeeping cooperation we have turned our backs on. The ensemble of pianos demonstrates that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.

Ruth Spencer Jolly is an emerging artist from Birmingham. She recently graduated from the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and is currently Artist in Residence at St George’s School, Ascot. She has been noted as ‘one to watch’, profiled on Radio 3 Young Artists’ Day in 2015 and has featured in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibitions this year. She specialises in an interdisciplinary practice called ‘Musart’ which lies in the grey zone between the visual arts and music.

Schedule

  • Thu 2 November 2017

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Work

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Work is a programme of public discussions bringing together curators and artists working across the north of the UK with creative practitioners from different European cities. The discussions are focused upon exploring ways of working outside, across, between and within existing institutional structures. Each event takes a particular thematic inviting practitioners toshare their current projects and their approach to working.The programme will launch on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, with events occurring regularly until August 2018. Each discussion will be broadcast live by this is tomorrow. The project has been developed by Laura Mansfield in collaboration with this is tomorrow, Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West, Yorkshire & Humberside Visual Arts Network, North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network and the participating venues of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, NGCA Sunderland, Bluecoat, Grundy Art Gallery, The Tetley and The Whitworth. The inaugural event in the What We Talk About When We Talk About Work series of discussions takes the theme of‘Rethinking the Institution’. The participants in this event will explore the potential to establish alternative structuresfor supporting and engaging with contemporary art practices. Speakers include Miguel Amado, Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Binna Choi,Director of Casco, Utrecht; and artists Maurice Carlin and Emily Hesse. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England