New Exhibition in Leeds

Head to Leeds Art Gallery to see a new body of work inspired by our collections.

Jill McKnight: Desire Lines opened today at Leeds Art Gallery. Made up of a completely new body of work, the free exhibition explores the physical and metaphorical paths carved by Leeds residents across the city’s landscape and history.

Leeds-based artist Jill McKnight was inspired by recordings in the British Library sound archive and the works of Edna Lumb and Effie Hummerston in Leeds Art Gallery’s Works on Paper collection. She sought out stories of people historically under-represented in the arts and responded to them with a mixture of sculpture, print, sound and video.

Jill said: “The project particularly interested me because it focused on cultural identity, which is one of my central artistic concerns, particularly the representation of working-class people in Northern England and lesser-heard voices that would otherwise be lost or overlooked.”

See Jill McKnight: Desire Lines for yourself at Leeds Art Gallery now.