Who do I think I am? Helen Dryden profile from Leeds Arts University.

I'm in my second year of MA Curation Practices at Leeds Arts University, and about 3 weeks ago my uni asked me to answer some questions about myself and how I ended up on this course. You can read the interview here: https://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-courses/ma-curation-practices/current-students/current-students/helen-dryden/ What we hadn't realised at the time of interview was how much... Continue Reading →

Some recent press coverage

This week I have been in the news a little bit about some of the curating I've been doing recently. Please see the links below for more information about the work I did volunteering with Leeds Museums and Galleries, making some First World War photos into short '3D' animations. https://news.leeds.gov.uk/historic-ww1-photos-brought-to-life-for-moving-museums-display/ https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/people/historic-ww1-photos-brought-life-moving-museums-display-leeds-1328333 There's also a story... Continue Reading →

Destruction to Construction – a narrative urban sketching exhibition of Headingley Stadium, by Joe Bean

INVITATION: Exhibition Opening (header image and all illustrations copyright Joe Bean) Destruction to Construction is an exhibition of sketches of the most recent Headingley Stadium redevelopment, all drawn on location by designer, illustrator and urban sketcher Joe Bean. The historic stadium in North West Leeds, Yorkshire, has evolved many times since its establishment in 1890.... Continue Reading →

Link to my guest post on Leeds Museums and Galleries’ ‘Secret Lives of Objects’ blog

Here's a link to a blog post I wrote for Leeds Museums and Galleries about some volunteer work I'm involved in, co-curating a WW1 display case at the City Museum. https://secretlivesofobjects.blog/2019/07/09/bringing-ww1-photographs-to-life-in-3d/?fbclid=IwAR0bJNzrq2UFlV4TBO4HtedZNAeHuFAW34d4p_hKH4RHZPKoe2VWDZugDDk I'm working within a group of volunteers being guided by curator Lucy Moore to refresh the objects in the display case in the 'Leeds... Continue Reading →

End of first year of Curation Practices MA (and I feel fine)

Above: A group of student curators, hard at work harvesting a fresh batch of culture from the cultural fields of Finland. (Actually, photo credit: Kulutusosuuskuntien Keskusliiton kokoelma D1974_33_10549B. Koululaisia maatöissä jatkosodan aikana. photographer unknown / kuvaaja tuntematon 1942 Finland / Suomi Finnish Museum of Photography / Suomen valokuvataiteen museo ). It’s the end of my first academic year studying... Continue Reading →

Brick Man talk, and WW1 Case.

Curator’s Talk about Gormley’s unrealised Brick Man. Yesterday I popped down to Leeds Art Gallery to hear the lunchtime talk from Curator of Sculpture, Dr Rebecca Wade, which was about the maquette for Antony Gormley’s proposed Brick Man sculpture. Brick Man was going to be a 120 foot high piece of public art for the... Continue Reading →

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