Eight weeks of events exploring the status of `the artist'.

Using contemporary arts practitioners as a starting point, ESA explores how collective and collaborative events can take shape to express and share ideas. Involving a whole host of artists both from Leeds and further afield and referencing workers unions and other representative bodies, UNITED will examine how the professional field of art operates without formal structures, resulting in a supportive and independent series of events that reflect the artist-driven sector and the many facets of social networks.

UNITED highlights include London based Daniel Lehan and Leeds artists/designers Nous Vous hosting a weekend workshop event that will precede a march through the city centre of Leeds exploring notions of identity within the workforce and blurring the boundaries of `artist' and `participant' Leeds based artists Kristy Noble and Tom Poultney's exhibition Day Off questioning virtual networks and asking if these new communication channels have overtaken traditional leisure pursuits and local artist Megan Smith's performance which will focus on the contemporary experience of operating within multiple locations, cultures and spaces simultaneously by using her Second Life avatar to embody this digital domain.

UNITED programme at a glance…..
Salon : Vardøgr: ESA @ Leeds Art Fair

Exhibition Open:
Fri 1 May – Mon 4 May 2009 @ The Light, Leeds

FREE BEER: Gordon McKiernan
Exhibition open:
Throughout UNITED @ ESA Patrick Studios. Times TBA.

Day Off: Kristy Noble and Tom Poultney
Exhibition open:
Sat 9 May – Friday 15 May 2009 @ ESA Patrick Studios. Times TBA.
Closing party: Thur 14 May 2009. Times TBA.

AVOID: Evolution Finale event @ ESA Patrick Studios
Event open:
Sat 16 May 2009, 7-11pm

superscript: Alex Farrar, Harry Meadley and Iona Smith
Exhibition preview:
Fri 22 May 2009, @ ESA Patrick Studios. Times TBA.
Exhibition Open: Mon 25 May – Fri 5 June 2009 @ ESA Patrick Studios (open weekdays only)

ESA UNITED Commissions: Daniel Lehan in collaboration with Nous Vous
Workshop event:
Sat 30 & Sun 31 May 2009 @ ESA Patrick Studios. Times TBA.
UNITED March: Sat 6 & Sun 7 June 2009, around the city of Leeds

The Vessel and Eye: Hardeep Pandhal and David Steans
Exhibition Open:
Wed 17 June – Wed 24 June 2009 @ ESA Patrick Studios. Times TBA.

UNITED closing party
Fri 26 – Sat 27 June 2009 @ ESA Barkston Studios. Times TBA.

For the full UNITED programme, see - esaweb.org.uk

Image credit: UNITED Logo, courtesy Nous Vous, 2009

Event Title: UNITED
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