Home and Away


The Art House is supporting a month-long artist residency project in the centre of Wakefield beginning in July. Four artists from Columbia, India, Israel and Germany, will join four from the UK.  The project – entitled HOME AND AWAY - is being led by artist Ivan Smith and funded by Arts Council England through the Grants for the Arts scheme.

HOME AND AWAY will include the following artists:  Chintan Upadhyay from Rajasthan, India, famous there for his large, colourful fibre glass sculptures of babies; Florian Tuercke from Nuremberg Germany, who works with video and sound; Lorena Espitia Torres, from Bogotá Columbia, working across many mediums including painting, drawing, installation and video; and Achia Anzi, an Isreali-born installation artist who lives and works in Delhi, India. They will join Ivan Smith, whose own practice involves large-scale installations using multiple discarded objects, and three other UK artists: Emily Simpson, based in Manchester who makes sculpture, performance, video and print artworks and Rebecca Hoy, a designer and maker, and Ann Balmforth, a sculptor, both from the West Yorkshire region.

All eight artists will make new artworks in response to the city.

“I am excited about the prospect of bringing together such a diverse group of artists to work together in Wakefield. All of the artists participating in HOME AND AWAY think in very different ways, across different art forms and from different cultural terms of reference. We have no idea yet what we might make, do or explore together but we do know that being in the centre of Wakefield will be our starting point.” (Ivan Smith)

The artists will be based in Fell House in the centre of Wakefield, a former Police HQ which has been used by The Art House for several projects, events and exhibitions over the past 18 months. 

The fruition of the project will a one-night exhibition held in Fell House on 29 July, between 5pm and 9pm, to coincide with the Wakefield Artwalk.

Throughout the project, the participating artists will meet to share their ideas, experiences and talk about their individual practices. These sessions will be open to anyone to come along to listen and join in. 

If you would like to be kept informed of times and dates or to book a place for one of the public talks, please email helen@the-arthouse.org.uk or call 01924 312 000. 

As part of this project, we have scheduled 2 evening talks featuring curators working in the Wakefield and Leeds region.

Tuesday 21 July, 6pmStuart Tulloch, Artistic Director, The Art House, ; Sarah Coulson, Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park,; and Natalie Walton independent Curator.
More info and booking HERE

Wednesday 22 July at 6pmKerry Harker, Artistic Director, The Tetley;  and David Gilbert, Independent Curator. 
More info and booking HERE

Both events are free to attend, but booking is essential.