Material Matters

About the exhibition

Traditionally, stone, metal, clay, and wood were carved, moulded, and cast to make sculpture. Material Matters explores how artists working today use, adapt or manipulate these traditional materials or processes to make contemporary sculptural work. All of the artists consider the role of craft in sculpture and the exciting juxtapositions that materials can initiate. The artists work across different disciplines; from sculpture, to textiles, moving image and craft, with an exciting range of materials and processes.

Material Matters is accompanied by a new catalogue featuring artist interviews, essays, images, and a new poem by the artist Stephen Harvey. As well as a series of sculpture focussed workshops, and an artist research residency in collaboration with the Sunny Bank Mills Archive.

The exhibition is on display 12th June to 1st August 2021.

The Artists


Material Matters artist in residence in collaboration with our textile Archive

Jenny Handley

Jenny is a multi-media artist, technician and facilitator based in north west Leeds. Her practice is experimental and often speculative, principally concerned with the communication and deconstruction of our lived environments through the intersection of technology. She takes small elements from stories and spaces and uses them as a lens to examine structures around us. She explores these notions through: installation methods; sound making and recording practices; moving image; and most recently, mixed reality technologies.

Jenny will be spending 6 weeks experimenting, researching and developing her practice in our studios and textile Archive.


Material Matters catalogue

Available to buy!

The Material Matters catalogue (42 pages) features an intro by Arts Director Jane Kay, a short curator’s essay by Alice Chandler, Material Matters artist interviews and a newly commissioned riso-printed poem by Stephen Harvey. It has been lovingly designed by Giles Cooke and printed by Footprint Workers Cooperative in Leeds.