BASEMENTARTSPROJECT

SPEAKEASY: art in an age of prohibition

Various Artists

17.09.11 7pm - 10pm

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Preview Night Saturday 24th September2011 | 7pm – 9pm
Exhibition Open
Sunday 25th September | 12pm – 5pm
Saturday 1st October 2011 | 12pm – 5pm
Sunday 2nd October 2011 | 12pm – 5pm

Sweetmud

Sunday 2nd October | 5pm
A performance by Sara Zaltash as part of the SPEAKEASY

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Essay ‘Rising Up From The Basement’ by Derek Horton

Essay ‘Fighting The New Dark Philistinism’ by Bruce Davies

SPEAKEASY:art in an age of prohibition is an exhibition that looks at artists ideas of freedom of speech featuring sculpture, performance, video, painting and text works by twelve artists, selected by Bruce Davies and Derek Horton and presented in the intimate domestic setting of Leeds’ smallest art space.

The original intention of the 1920’s speakeasy in the USA during the Prohibition was to distract attention from the illicit activity going on within. In its darkened cellar space, here the intention is the opposite: to expose and illuminate art that concerns itself with the need to speak out.

Declarations, manifestos, promises, assertions, whether political or personal, and whether outspokenly voluble or quietly intimate, are at the heart of this work. Its modest scale and humble venue belie its value and importance as a reminder of the imperative of freedom: freedom to think, speak, act and love.

Work by

Alice Bradshaw
Kimbal Quist Bumstead
Bruce Davies
Jean McEwan
Matthew Merrick
Holly Mulveen
Andrew Nizinskyj
Tom Railton
Robert Sharples
Carolyn Shepherd
Wendy Williams

Tom Railton would like to thank
Emma Bolland
David Thomas Broughton

Matthew Merrick would like to thank
Richard MacDonald