Art in the Park

Artists In The Park A4

‘Art in the Park’ is one of a series of events displaying and demonstrating their work and ideas being planned for the future. For more information keep checking

This event is being supported by OTRA. The group are also grateful for funding from Roundhay Councillors Christine Macniven, Ghulam Hussain, and Eleanor Tunnicliffe.

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Escaped to the country last week…

jd at work

I did a few drawings – here is one looking at the Bronze Age stone circle at Birkrigg, near Ulverston in Cumbria. It’s about 2,500 years old and one of only 30 circles in the UK which consist of two concentric rings of stones.

Since then, I’ve been busy getting things ready for upcoming exhibitions, including the Roundhay Artists’ Open Studios in a few weeks time, 1st-2nd May 2016. I hope lots of people can make it to see our work – the Roundhay Art scene is thriving!

You can see more work on my website –

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Gillian Holding, What’s new

Over the next couple of months, Gillian Holding has a lot going on in and around Roundhay.

Through March/April is a show of new work at Opposite in Chapel Allerton. Gillian’s work explores notions of absurdity and incongruity in contemporary urban society. Mostly it highlights the banal, and out-of-place. Usually it is untroubling albeit often provoking feelings of dissonance. Through this series of elegiac portraits, the banal ordinariness of the urban environment prompts a new perspective on the normal everyday. Everything and everyone is a threat to someone somewhere, although not in any rational way. The terror is random, and yet not. Everyday becomes hazard. For more information click here


Potternewton Mansion, a listed place of worship and the home of the North Leeds Sikh Temple will be celebrating its recent lottery-heritage funded refurbishment with a programme of activities over the weekend of 16/17 April 2016. Gillian is one of a number of Leeds artists commissioned to make artwork for the temple. The large oil diptych will be on permanent display in the Gurdwara, and is informed by the social history of the building and surrounding area alongside the cultural intersection of the Sikh community with local history.

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