Lady Beck
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Unit 22, 64-76 Mabgate, Leeds, LS9 7DZ
Lady Beck

Private view 24 November 6 – 9pm
25 – 27 November 2016, 1pm – 5pm, free
Further visits available outside of opening hours by appointment

Periphery brings together a new series of sculptural works and assemblages by the artist Clare Holdstock. In the show, welded geometric sculptures allude to the spindly structures of temporary signage, held down by sandbags and found on the roadsides of urban landscapes. The recent history of Modernist high design is also addressed through the appearances of the works. The forms and shapes in the exhibition mirror, for example, a transmutation of the Eames’s ‘Toy’.
Clean edged, architectural, angular cast objects, which on closer inspection are roughly hewn and contain the traces of handprints, are present around the space. These objects mirror the forms of the welded sculptures. The materials that make up the sculptural works in Periphery – plastic sheets, discarded metal, and concrete – are suggestive of objects which might be discovered in underpasses and scrubland, or in the peripheral spaces of cities. In this context, their transience and, as a result of this fragility, their unexpected beauty becomes evident. The assemblages are intersected by live plants which sit furtively among these suggestions of peripheral wasteland.

Lady Beck Studios & Project space is run by Assembly House, Leeds. For more information please contact [email protected], or visit

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England