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Unearthing York’s hidden art gems
A PROJECT to bring contemporary art to York and lead art lovers into some of the city’s unexplored and hidden areas is to launch next summer.
York Curioser will bring site specific modern pieces into spots throughout the city, and has secured funding from Arts Council England to introduce its first piece in June and July next year as part of the cultural festival for the Tour de France.
The project is the brainchild of curator Lara Goodband and public art worker Hazel Colquhoun, who have both worked in and around York.
Lara said: “We both felt there’s not a huge amount of contemporary art in York, but there are a lot of interesting practitioners in the area and in North Yorkshire.
“York is an almost intact medieval city, but we felt that sense of how you experience the medieval city has been lost through some of the recent increase in luxury shopping.
“We want people to explore the more hidden parts of York through things like noise pieces where you might hear a sound and follow a trail.”
The pair thought up the project around two years ago.
Lara said: “We have a substantial grant from the Arts Council England, and in these straitened times that is a huge boost of confidence.”
They also have support from both the city’s universities, the National Centre for Early Music, English Heritage, the National Trust, the City of York Council, York Conservation Trust and many of the city’s community heritage groups.
Come next summer, they hope to have art works installed across the city.
“We like the space that may have been forgotten, like snickets and alleyways, and we’re interested in places you can look down on to like parts of the Minster gardens you can see from walls.
“None of the locations are confirmed yet, because we don’t want to impose sites on to artists.”
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