A celebration of Romany culture
Representations of the Romany is now on display at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, showcasing treasures from the University’s Romany Collection which is considered to be one of the most important research collections in the UK for the study of Gypsies and Travellers.
Concentrating on the visual arts, the exhibition explores different representations of Romany culture, through song, dance, travel and literature. Artists featured in the exhibition include Joseph Appleyard, Fred Lawson, Miklós Barabás and Eryl Vize.
The Romany Collection is held in the Special Collections and is one of the UK’s 131 ‘Designated Collections’ of national importance by the MLA and is still being actively developed. Its major strength is in classic British and other European works of Romany scholarship of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One highlight in the display is the only surviving copy of Die Rotwelsch Grammatic (1520), which documents the Rotwelsch language spoken by travellers and itinerant craftsmen From the Middle Ages onwards.
Representations of the Romany runs until 27 August 2010.
The best of SIX
SIX – an exhibition by final-year Master students from the School of Fine Art – is open to visitors from 3-9 July at 5-7 Lifton Place, 11am-5pm.
Amongst the artists showing their work are Aysha Ayaz, whose work uses delicate, domestic materials, such as the dress-pin, within a large space, and industrial medium – steel mesh – and Claire Harbottle who uses film and photography to explore aspects of mothering. Also exhibiting are Catherine Graham, Ester Johannesdottir, James Shaw and Susan Slann.
For more information visit http://leedsmastersshow2010.blogspot.com/
Festival and festivities: two dates for your diary
Staff Festival 2010 takes place on Friday 3 September between 3pm-7pm. This time it’s much more of a ‘home-grown’ event – a way of celebrating our collective strengths and skills and saying thank you for the contribution everyone makes to University life. It’s free and it’s for all our staff and their families.
Can you get involved? We need choirs, bands and music groups to perform; discoveries and inventions to be showcased; quirky crafts for the stalls; arresting photographs and delicious cakes to win prizes, and people to help direct the entertainment, set-up and run the festival. If you’d like to help contact Nina Quinlan on firstname.lastname@example.org (tel: x37905) or look on Campusweb for more details.
It might seem a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, but you won’t want to miss this year’s fabulous Staff Christmas Party so make a note of the date now – Friday 17 December. Once again, the event will see the Refectory decorated in a festive fashion and guests will enjoy a five-course dinner, followed by dancing to a live band and DJ until the early hours. Last year’s event was a great success and it was an excellent way to kick-off the party season. It’s a great opportunity for departments or groups of colleagues to get together and celebrate Christmas. Please note that the event is only open to members of staff. Tickets will cost £25 and details of how to book will be announced shortly.
South of the River
South of the River, a new exhibition of photographs by Jim Brogden (School of Design) will be on show at Leeds Museum Gallery from 3 August – 1 November.
Jim uses digital photography to explore the universal themes of loss, memory,
and beauty, within the abandoned urban landscape of south Leeds. Curated by Helen Langford, the 20 images both reveal and conflate contemporary issues surrounding re-generation, re-colonisation and belonging.
For more details visit www.leedsmuseum.co.uk