HOARD is moving.

This year long project I’m participating in moving from Norquest Industrial Estate in Birstall up the road to Leeds City West Business Park.

For HOARD I have been collecting all the rubbish produced through my art practice from January 2012 and storing it in the huge warehouse space dedicated to this project. Items include exhibition flyers and programmes, packaging, offcuts, wine bottles from various meeting, hospital paraphernalia from major surgery in January that restricted my art practice, rejection letters, misprints, receipts not required for my tax returns, dead pens, studio coffee jars, discarded materials, out of date transport timetables and maps, conference literature and more increasing month on month with every “deposit.”

About HOARD: Towards an archaeology of the artist’s mind. A year-long project in a vast empty warehouse located between Leeds and Wakefield. Artists will each be allocated a segment of the space in which to display a hoard of objects and artifacts relating to their practice: finished artworks, props, curiosities, documents, traces, plans, remnants. The contents of the space will be a physical realization of the minds of the artists as they evolve over the course of a year. Every two months, for an evening, the space will be opened up to the public who will be able to view its ever-changing contents as a snippet of this ongoing process of transformation, which will be recorded in the form of an online publication.

Artists: Alice Bradshaw, Harriet Carr, Lucy Crouch, Gillian Dyson, Sarah Francis, Gill Greenhough, Christopher Mollon, Ima Abasi Okon, Puy Soden, Chris Wright, Adam Young.



Some links to other rubbish related artists, projects and practices:

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Alice Bradshaw

Angela de la Cruz

Blank Newspaper

Bow Gamelan Ensemble

Brown Paper Bag

Cathy Wilkes

Ceal Floyer

Ceal Floyer

Chris Jordan

Christo and Jean Claude

Claes Oldenburg – Apple Core

Collectif Anonyme – Lettres à Élise

Contents May Vary

Drawing Room: Waste Material

Eve Armstrong



Gavin Turk

H A Schult – Trash People

Hilary Jack

Ian Stevenson – Rubbish Art

Ida-Marie Corell – Plastic Bag Blog

John Brauer

Joseph Beuys – Magnetischer Abfall (Magnetic Rubbish)

Joshua Sofaer

Junkyard Museum of Awkward Things

Justin Gignac – NYC Garbage

Kevin Boniface – Found Notes

Kiki Bragard

Kotik Design

Kurt Schwitters

Laura White

Lisa Congdon – Collection a Day

Mac Premo – The Dumpster Project

Mark Dion

Michael Landy Art Bin

Michel de Broin – Dead Star

Michelangelo Pistoletto – Venus of the Rags

Mike Carney – Take It Away

Milk Two Sugars

Narrating Waste

Nils Voelker – One Hundred and Eight

Oh, Plastiksack!

Oliver Bishop Young – Skip Conversations

Pieter Hugo

Plastic Garbage Project


Richard Shields

Robert Rauschenberg

Romuald Hazoumé

Sarah Nicole Phillips – The Curbside Object Status Tag

Silvio Giordano – Packaging’s Life

Song Dong – Waste Not

Steve McPherson

Susan Collis

Temporary Art Space

Tim Noble & Sue Webster

Tony Cragg

Tracey Emin – My Bed

Uniqueco Designs

Wang Zhiyuan

Waste Land

We Were Modern

Xue Lei

Yuken Teruya


I’ve published a Research page on the MoCR blog including a reading list and further links:

Reading List

Baudrillard, Jean. (1968/1996). The System of Object. Verso.

Baudrillard, Jean. (1997). Fragments. Verso.

Berger, John. (1980). About Looking. Bloomsbury.

Beuys, Joseph, et al. (2010). What is Money?. Clairview Books.

Botha, Ted. (2004). Mongo: Adventures in Trash. Bloomsbury.

Bourriaud, Nicolas. (1998/2002). Relational Aesthetics. Les presses du réel.

Burke, Jason. (2012). Cleaning up India’s waste: but what is the future for army of tip pickers? Guardian

Chappells, Heather and Shove, Elizabeth. (1999) Bins and the history of waste relations

Codognato, Mario, (ed.) (2009). Ceal Floyer. Electa.

De Certeau. (1984). The Practice of Everyday Life. University of California Press.

de la Cruz, Angela. (2006). Trabalho Work. Culturgest.

Debord, Guy. (1968/2009). Society of the Spectacle. Soul Bay Press.

Elsner, John and Roger Cardinal (ed.). (1994). The Cultures of Collecting. Reaktion Books.

Friedman,Ken (ed.). (1998) The Fluxus Reader. JohnWiley and Sons.

Gabrys, Jennifer (2011) Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics

Girling, Richard. (2005). Rubbish!. Eden Project Books.

Haynes, Hayley. (2012). Talking Rubbish with Karla Marchesi. The Flaneur.

Johnstone, Stepehn (ed.). (2008). Documents of Contemporary Art: The Everyday. Whitechapel.

Jordan, Chris. (2011). Ushirikiano: Building a Sustainable Future in Kenya’s Northern Rangelands. TeNeues.

Karapetian, Farrah. (2012). Medium Specificity in our Midst. Art & Education

Korine, Harmony (2009) Trash Humpers

Lee, Yao-Kun. (2010). The seal of secondary rubbish,The Art of junk.

Lippard, Lucy. (1966). Pop Art. Thames and Hudson.

Millar, Jeremy. (1999). Ceal Floyer (Art Catalogue). Cornerhouse Publications.

Misiano, Viktor and Zabel, Igor (eds.). (2003-2008). Manifesta Journal #1-6. Manifesta.

Morris, Steven. (2012) LS Lowry papers found at scrap yard up for auction. Guardian

Moss, Stephen. (2012) The world’s largest rubbish dump. Guardian

Muniz, Vik (2010) Waste Land

Musgrave, David. (2005). Waste Material. Drawing Room.

Noble, Tim and Webster, Sue. (2011). British Rubbish. Skira Rizzoli.

Parsons,Liz. (2007), Thompson’s Rubbish Theory: Exploring the Practices ofValue Creation. Association for Consumer Research.

Petrešin-Bachelez, Nataša and Bobin, Virginie (eds.). (2011-). Manifesta Journal #13-18. Manifesta.

Rogers, Heather. (2005). Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. The New Press.

Smith, Andrew Sunley. (2008). Micro Gestures For a New Co-Efficiency in Art. Art and Research.

Spens, Michael. (2008). Non-refusals in Rubbish: Return of the Rubbish Aesthetic

Strasser, Susan. (1992). Waste and Want: The Other Side of Consumption. German Historical Institute

Vergine, Lea (2007). When Trash Becomes Art. Skira Rizzoli.

Viney, Williams. (2012). Mark Dion and the Arts and Archaeologies of Waste. Material World

Viktor Misiano and Ramos, Filipa (eds.). (2009–2011). Manifesta Journal #7-12. Manifesta.

Whiteley, Gillian. (2005). Junk: Art and the Politics of Trash. I.B. Taurus and Co. Ltd.

Zimmerman, Dan. (2012). Art as an Autonomous Commodity within the Global Market. Art & Education.



Beautiful Dystopias

Chartered Institute of Wastes Management

Covers & Citations: Rubbish Art Works

CreationOpen Space Research Centre (OU Geographical and Environmental Research)

Creative Geographies: Art and Rubbish

Dandelion Postgraduate Arts Journal and Research Network: Rubbish
Discard Studies

Flooring Hunter: Most Expensive Trash Bins

Goldsmiths Arts Research: Rubbish

Guardian: Environment: Waste

Keep Britain Tidy

Keetsa (Rubbish)

Material World

Scrap Lab

Taylor and Francis: Social and Cultural Geography

The Waste of the World

This Is Rubbish

Trendhunter Eco

Waste and Resources Research Repository

Waste Research Ltd

Waste Watch

Why Waste

University of Exeter: Archaeology and Rubbish

Zero Waste Singapore

Worn Clothing: Anthropologies of Reuse and Recycling

These are by no means definitive lists and further suggestions welcome.