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Early-career artists from the region work with Hannah Starkey on professional development programme

30 Sep 2022

The Hepworth Wakefield and Hannah Starkey have selected a group of early-career female and non-binary photographers, born or based in Yorkshire, to take part in a professional development programme and exhibition at The Art House, Wakefield.

Hannah Starkey is the focus of our major exhibition this autumn/winter. This includes a specially commissioned new body of work taken in Wakefield in 2022. Starkey, who has collaborated with women throughout her career to create large-scale choreographed photographs, has a deep interest with how women are represented in contemporary culture. In preparation for the exhibition, Starkey visited Wakefield many times over the last few years, working with women in the region to develop new directions in her photography and extend the collaborative approach she takes with the subjects in her work.

Meet the artists

As part of our work to provide valued creative opportunities for young people in the region, we ran an open call for early-career artists to take part in a mentorship and continued professional development programme which has resulted in a group exhibition at The Art House. The artists taking part are: Sally Barton, Joanne Coates, Amy D’Agorne, Níamh Donnelly, H.Feather, Caitlin Hall and Emily Ryalls.

Reclaiming, Reframing

Reframing, Reclaiming, an exhibition at The Art House, Wakefield brings together the works of seven female and non-binary artists living, or with roots in Yorkshire. The collection of works, though created independently, collectively speaks to an experience known and related to by many.

In a timely exhibition confronting and representing a modern existence, the artists explore themes of class and labour, body and identity politics. Through their individual perspectives and lenses, the seven artists utilise the camera to share thoughts and common understandings. Photographically, the works presented engage in a number of conversations, including a much wider dialogue on the importance of creating stages for female and non binary practitioners.

The exhibition of work, Reframing, Reclaiming, will be in the Tiled Gallery at The Art House from October 2022 to January 2023, to coincide with the Starkey exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Hannah Starkey: In Real Life has been made possible by the Freelands Foundation’s Freelands Award. The Wakefield commission and professional development project has been further supported by Soo Hitchin and ARTscapades.