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Past Projects

Tetley's Associate Artists Programme 2018–2019

2018 – 2019

A year-long talent development programme for four emerging artists, supported by Tetley's Beer.

The Tetley's Associate Artists Programme (TAAP) will support the development of Emii Alrai, Alice Chandler, Michaela Cullen and Harlan Whittingham through a tailored mentoring programme. TAAP hopes to foster a new generation of artists and help provide opportunities in Leeds and Yorkshire. Selected by Bryony Bond, Artistic Director at The Tetley, Laurence Sillars, Head of Programme at the Henry Moore Institute and artist Rehana Zaman, the selected TAAP artists demonstrate a strong direction in their practice, which will benefit even further from external support and recognition to take their talent to the next level.

Emii Alrai is a first generation British Iraqi artist working and living in Leeds. Alrai's sculptural practice is concerned with middle eastern identity, creating monuments, as well as exploring the residue of colonisation. Emii secured her first solo show this year at GLOAM Gallery, Sheffield, and has previously exhibited at Caustic Coastal (Salford), Hutt Collective (Nottingham) as well as local Leeds spaces such as Ladybeck and The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery. Emii also co-founded and is an organiser of the artists-led crit group Nocturne.

Alice Chandler is an artist and jeweler based in Leeds. Chandler's material-led practice is driven by experimenting with textile, wood and metal to create playful structures that subvert ordinary objects. Chandler's studio is based at Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley and has exhibited in artist-led spaces across the country, including at The Trophy Room (Liverpool), Generator Projects (Dundee), Outpost (Norwich), Assembly House (Leeds), and RSA New Contemporaries (Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh).

Exploring contemporary feminism through storytelling, cryptography and Irish mythology, Michaela Cullen primarily works with moving images and installation. Research, writing, designing and fabricating costumes and props contribute to the creation of her works. Currently based between Leeds and Glasgow, Cullen has exhibited at The Newbridge Project (Gateshead), Embassy Gallery (Edinburgh) and Assembly House (Leeds). Cullen is also a co-founder of Leeds-based studio group and project space, Serf. This year Cullen also joins School of the Damned, a nomadic alternative art school, as part of their 2019 cohort.

Harlan Whittingham's practice is preoccupied with 'The Collector', a character whose relationship with a notional arts institution is explored through performances, sculpture, documentation and reimagination. The Collector intersects themes of horror and desire, characterisation and the relationship between subject and object. Harlan has previously opened an exhibition space À CÔTÉ DU 69, in Nantes, France and now lives and works in Leeds. Whittingham has curated and exhibited in exhibitions in Bloc Projects (Sheffield), Meyohas (New York), &Model gallery and Serf (Leeds) as well as his own house. He recently featured within a WUU2? instagram residency.

Alice Chandler, 2017, Install view at Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun Left/ Accessories, hangers, hooks, 2017, also in shot Glass cloth, Right/ Friday Night at Home, 2017

Michaela Cullen, Hey Man… it’s harvest time, 2017, in Crawling Hand in Hand Out of the Window exhibition at Assembly House, Leeds. Courtesy the artist

Harlan Whittingham/ The Collector, 2018, Install view, Site-specific installation at 5 Elm Street, Leeds. Courtesy the artist

Emii Alrai, An Ancient Quiver, 2018, in An Ancient Quiver at GLOAM Gallery, Sheffield. Courtesy the artist

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