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Installation image of Igshaan Adams: Weerhoud, The Hepworth Wakefield, June 2024. Photo: Mark Blower
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Igshaan Adams: Weerhoud

22 June - 3 November 2024

Exhibition entry is £13 / £11 / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s. Ticket includes entry to all our gallery spaces on the day of visit.

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★★★★★ The Times

★★★★★ The Observer

‘Dream weaver Igshaan Adams’ giant candyfloss clouds carry the complex story of his life’ Crafts

Entitled Weerhoud, meaning ‘Withheld’ in Afrikaans, this exhibition by South African artist Igshaan Adams examines the impact of lived experiences and traumas on the human psyche, with a particular emphasis on the healing potential of movement.

Adams will present three new commissions created specifically for the exhibition, consisting of two tapestries and one of his largest immersive ‘cloud’ installations to date. These new works will be exhibited alongside a selection of existing sculptures and textile pieces. Weerhoud presents an exciting development in Adams’ practice, shifting his focus from domestic spaces and landscapes to the body.

Igshaan Adams

Igshaan Adams was born in 1982 in Bonteheuwel, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. He grew up navigating the complexities of identity under apartheid’s racial classification system. His work spans a wide spectrum, encompassing intricate tapestries, expansive floor and wall-based installations, and immersive suspended sculptures. Adams’ work focuses on the nuanced remnants of human experiences, examining the impressions – ranging from the barely perceptible to the obvious – left by individuals within their homes, cities, natural environments, and their own bodies.

‘The artist has a body of work that is certainly gorgeous – and sensorial. Tapestries, sculptures and installations explore materiality and notions of sexuality, race, religion, class and selfhood with delicacy and poetry.’ Crafts

Portrait of Igshaan Adams. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Mario Todeschini

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