About the PANIC! Steering Group
Led by artists, curators, organisations and individuals in Leeds City Region, PANIC! will to create an artists' network in Leeds. Collectively, the network will offer benefits through; platforming activities, sharing information, offering mentoring support and bursaries for practising artists.
The PANIC! Steering Group is made up of seven artist members, three artist advisors and The Tetley Team. They will distribute the bursaries and advise, assist and promote the PANIC! Network and activity.
Born in Dewsbury, Bijan Amini-Alavijeh is an artist, teacher and technician with a studio based in Wakefield. At the root of his practice is an obsession with the systematic use of mathematics; structure; repetition; failure and scale. This results in predominantly sculptural forms that abstract architecture and infrastructures into gestural forms and structures, using failure and problem solving to depict the outcome. Recent projects include involvement within Yorkshire Sculpture International as an engagement artist and leading the collaborative project PISINmail.
Claye Bowler (b.1995) is an artist based in Huddersfield. His work explores queer and trans narratives and how they have been perpetually hidden, erased or destroyed. Bowler uses sculpture and performance to subvert these practices in his own work as well as creating space to showcase and support other queer and trans artists. Over the past year Bowler's work has focused around the isolation of lockdown paired with the physical transition of their body: the lead up to surgeries and the violence of the (stalled) wait involved under the diminished funding and care of the NHS.
Kevin Chege is a filmmaker and artist with an interest in sound and moving images. Chege has performed at Leeds Museums and Galleries and has recently had a documentary commissioned. His recent Assembly House Black Joy Print Commission sticker design is based on the House of York and House of Lancaster rose symbol, with changed colours to represent the Pan-African flag. Chege describes how the symbol is inspired by African heritage and critical Black thinkers, intended to represent young Black youth growing up in Yorkshire.
Charlotte Cullen is an artist, researcher and organiser based in Leeds whose practice encompasses sculpture, installation, mark-making and text. Cullen is a lecturer in Fine Art at York St John University. They completed their practice led PhD at University of Huddersfield in 2019 through case study of the UNNAWAY exhibition programme. Their research repositions an embodied material politics within artist-led organising. Cullen is a committee member of artist-led studio and project space serf, Leeds. They have exhibited and undertaken residencies nationally and internationally, including Shanghai, China (2019), Mombasa, Kenya (2020) and developed Arts Council supported projects including at Leeds Libraries (2020).
Based in Leeds, Lucy Cunningham is a practising artist and writer. Cunningham's practice looks at the performative use of audio-visual art, the works she makes often emerging as live happenings utilising voice, movement and written words in the form of publications and print. In 2019, Cunningham was selected for New Contemporaries' first writing and performance programme. Lucy is also co-founder of audio project and collective Foldable Sounds (2020), formed in response to the pandemic. Traversing sonically across geographies and time zones, the collective work with contributors to collaboratively share and create tracks from recordings of quarantine spaces via email-chain.
Ian Jackson is an artist, lecturer, fabricator and gallery technician. His work uses a combination of video, drawing, personal writing, sculpture and collected dislocated objects/materials to explore the different physical shifts, cultural changes, personal decisions and boundaries that materials can become signifiers of over time.
Recent exhibitions/projects include: The Tuesday Interview, British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow; EBC024, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol; and Spolia, Serf, Leeds. Jackson was born in Pontefract and studied Foundation at Leeds College of Art followed by BA Intermedia at Edinburgh College of Art. He currently lives and works in Leeds.
Sam Metz is an artist and curator based in the north of England. They studied Architecture and Critical Theory at University of Nottingham and have previously trained in physical theatre. As a neurodivergent artist with sensory processing differences, Sam creates work in non-verbal ways that begin and end in movement and embodied interactions without recourse to traditionally privileged verbal and written forms of communication. As an emerging curator Sam is influenced by disability-led approaches to interpretation, particularly focusing on sensory modalities of understanding supported by a research grant from Sustainability Health Environment Development (S-H-E-D) and Necessity. They are also part of an emerging curators group for the British Art Network.
Artist Advisors work with the PANIC! steering group and team to provide support, advice and guidance.
Simeon Barclay is an artist who combines text, video, installation and sculpture, with a rich vein of popular cultural sources, producing works that activate complex histories, whilst exploring the ways in which we navigate both imposed or self-curated ideas of representation.
Simeon Barclay lives and works in Leeds (UK). Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Tate Britain, London, South London Gallery, London; Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead; Holden Gallery, Manchester; The Tetley, Leeds; Cubitt Gallery, London; The Bluecoat, Liverpool; Jerwood Space, London; Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna; Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Arcadia Missa, New York and W139, Amsterdam.
Photograph: Bernice Mulenga, Courtesy of the artist.
Kerry Harker studied BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA Feminism & the Visual Arts at the University of Leeds before spending the last twenty years working as an artist, curator and artistic director, primarily across the North. She has founded and co-founded a number of initiatives including Vitrine (2004-6), Project Space Leeds (2006-) and The Tetley (2013-). She was Curator of Exhibitions for Harewood House Trust (2008-11) and interim Director of the Art House in Wakefield (2015-16). Since 2017 she has been the Founder and Artistic Director of the East Leeds Project, a practitioner-led initiative based in Gipton that focuses on art as a social action. She has held positions on the Boards of several organisations, including The Art House, Leeds Sustainable Development Group, Yorkshire and Humber Visual Arts Network, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Corridor8, Chapel FM and currently Absolutely Cultured, the arts development agency for Hull.
Nicola Singh's practice encompasses solo and collaborative performance, film, photography and sculptural installation. Her approach is rooted in performance and she extends ideas of liveness to her visual art, pedagogic and research practices.
Singh creates work in response to contexts of location and place and to encounter and dialogue, and via a critical engagement with contemporary art's relationship to race and feminism.
Selected presentations of work include Tyneside Cinema & Projections NE Artists in Cinema Commission, Newcastle; David Dave Gallery, Glasgow; Workplace Gallery, Gateshead; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; IMT Gallery, London; Jerwood Visual Arts, London; LUX Scotland, Glasgow; Hongti Art Centre, Busan (SK); BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, Newcastle and New Art Centre, Boston (USA).
Singh is Teaching Fellow in Fine Art for Leeds University and has a practice-based PhD from Northumbria University.
Image: Nicola Singh, Don't Look So Sad (2020), David Dale Gallery, Glasgow. Image: Isobel Lutz Smith
PANIC! is produced and delivered by The Tetley.
PANIC! Digital Producer
Jenny Handley is a visual artist and technician based in Leeds. Her art practice focuses on the intersections between audio visual technologies and the deconstruction of our lived environments; explored through moving image, sound and installation.
Jenny is also a founding member of Freehold Projects, a Leeds based artist-led collective and exhibition group committed to supporting emerging artists and graduates. The volunteer-run group hosted a number of exhibitions, workshops and events at their former location in the centre Leeds since their formation in 2018, and continues to operate as a support structure for emerging artists during the current crisis.
Georgia Taylor Aguilar is The Tetley's Artist Development Curator, leading public programmes, residencies and co-creating projects since 2017. She is Cultural Co-Producer with Yorkshire Visual Art Network (YVAN) and a Fellow with Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy. Georgia graduated with an MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies in 2020 with distinction. In 2019, Georgia co-founded Index; a visual art festival to coincide with Yorkshire Sculpture International. Past projects include curating Manchester's first exhibition of the Cosgrove Hall Films Archive, and working with European Artistic Research Network, Helen Storey Foundation and TATE Collective.
Prior to joining The Tetley in 2016, Bryony was Exhibitions Curator at the Whitworth, Manchester where she co-curated major group exhibitions such as We Face Forward: Art From West Africa Today, solo exhibitions including Cai Guo-Quiang and Bedwyr Williams, and collaborations with Artangel, Siobhan Davies Dance and Manchester International Festival. She has also advised National Museums Scotland on a contemporary art strategy and previously worked at Camden Arts Centre, London and A Foundation, Liverpool.
Griselda Pollock is an art historian and cultural analyst. PANIC! is funded by the Holberg Prize that was awarded to Griselda Pollock in 2020 for her 50 years of work promoting feminist, postcolonial, queer, and social histories of art, curation, cultural analysis and art making. She taught in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at University of Leeds from 1977 to 2021.