Artist-led workshops as part of York Curiouser

Date Posted: 28/01/2014

Running from 14th June to 7th July, the York Curiouser project aims to explore the historic city through contemporary art. As part of the project, Children's University and York Cares will offer artist-led workshops in Primary and Secondary schools.

New artworks will lead school groups into unexplored and hidden areas of York, as well as encouraging them to take a fresh look at better-known parts of the city.

School trip organisers will be able to take pupils to see artworks from a range of media including light, sound, ceramics, poetry and textiles, developed specifically for locations like Fishergate Postern Tower, the public gardens, and the ‘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.

Curators of the project, Lara Goodband and Hazel Colquhoun said: “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.”

Artists taking part in York Curiouser 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.

For further school trip information on York Curiouser and the artists visit

Pictured: Artists involved in the York Curiouser project.

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