Responding To The Beeston Series

Philip Gurrey

24.03.12 7pm - 9pm

A two week residency by artist Philip Gurrey


Essay –‘Keeping The Aspidistra Flying’

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 Gurrey begun 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 took these 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 made 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 staged a closing event showcasing the site specific work alongside the original pieces.