Opening Event 24th March 2012, 7 – 9pm
Closing Event 7th April 2012, 7 – 9pm
In 2008 Philip Gurrey produced a series of portraits of the people of Beeston, Leeds. With no political agenda his purpose was to portray a less biased reality than was being portrayed at the time in the national media. In March 2012 Gurrrey will begin a two week residency at BasementArtsProject, Leeds’ smallest arts venue, based in Beeston. In the intervening years Gurrey has been pursuing other avenues within the painting medium, but at BasementArtsProject he will be using those very personal images from 2008 as a starting point for a new site specific work generated over the course of his two week residency.
For the opening night Gurrey will be making use of the intimate, domestic setting that is BasementArtsProject, by inviting the subjects of his 2008 portraits to this first public exhibition of the works for which they sat.
To signal the end of Gurrey’s two week residency BasementArtsProject will stage a closing event that will showcase the site specific work alongside the original pieces.
We hope that you will be able to join us for one or both of these events that will kick start 2012’s programme of events based here in Beeston, the doorstep of Leeds.
Philip Gurrey is a Yorkshire born artist currently undertaking a Masters of Letters, post graduate, programme in painting at the Glasgow School of Art. Gurrey has exhibited worldwide and through his continued investigation of the substance of paint he often opens up space in which to wrestle with themes permeated by the human condition.