Material Matters — exhibition

Exhibition at Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, Leeds, curated by MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies student Alice Chandler.

Traditionally, stone, metal, clay, and wood were carved, moulded, and cast to make sculpture.

Material Matters at Sunny Bank Mills Gallery explores how artists working today use, adapt or manipulate these traditional materials or processes to make contemporary sculptural work.

All 15 of the artists consider the role of craft in sculpture and the exciting juxtapositions that materials can initiate. The artists work across different disciplines; from sculpture, to textiles, moving image and craft, with an exciting range of materials and processes.

Funded by Arts Council and curated by MA student Alice Chandler, Material Matters is accompanied by a new catalogue featuring artist interviews, essays, images, and a new poem by the artist Stephen Harvey (Pyramid Arts).

Artist Jenny Handley (BA Fine Art alumna, University of Leeds) has been selected for the Material Matters artist research residency in collaboration with the Sunny Bank Mills Archive.

A series of sculpture focussed workshops will be taking place in July.


Sunny Bank Mills
West Yorkshire
LS28 5UJ

More information

See the Sunny Bank Mills website for further details.


Katrina Cowling installing her neon works in the Material Matters exhibition. The prints on the wall are by Julia McKinlay. Photo by Jo Crawford for Sunny Bank Mills.