Through our community engagement programme we worked closely with refugees and migrants across Leeds and Wakefield, creating opportunities for all four galleries to welcome new and diverse audiences.
Artist Bijan Amini-Alavijeh worked with Meeting Point, a charity which provides practical and emotional support for refugees and asylum seekers in Armley, Leeds, to create a collaborative sculpture which explores architecture and decorative form, combining influences from many different cultures.
Workshops hosted at Meeting Point’s weekly drop-in sessions allowed participants to get hands on, making clay slabs and carving patterns and images into them. These designs drew inspiration from those found in architecture from across the globe, including those found in Christ Church where Meeting Point are based. Bijan Amini-Alavijeh also worked with Meeting Point’s women’s group to make cast plaster forms using clay slab moulds.
The resulting tiles and decorative forms have been assembled to create the final sculpture, reminiscent of a classical plinth, called Confluence. The piece’s title highlights the collaborative nature of the artwork, the multicultural influences it combines, and the ethos of Meeting Point. The word means ‘a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point’.
Yorkshire Sculpture International has an extensive engagement programme, spanning education, community collaborations and artist support.
We explore sculpture with people of all ages, connecting them with the materials and processes used in making sculpture today and showing how sculpture can be found all around us. We are currently working with a group of 25 artists across Yorkshire as part of our 2022 Sculpture Network.
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