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EMII ALRAI : THE HIGH DAM
Feb 7 - Nov 29, 2020
The High Dam is a new solo exhibition by Leeds based artist Emii Alrai. Alrai's practice is informed by inherited nostalgia, geographical identity and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and displaying objects. Focusing on ancient mythologies from the Middle East alongside personal oral histories of Iraq, Alrai weaves together narratives by forging artefacts and visualising residues of cultural collision.

MEL BRIMFIELD
Mar 18 - Aug 30, 2021
Mel Brimfield's interdisciplinary and collaborative practice is rooted in scripted performance, incorporating live work, moving image, staged audio, installation and drawing. Operating at the intersection of theatre, live art and film, Brimfield's work aims to bring audiences for the arts together and erode historic distinctions between creative fields.
 
From This World, to That Which Is to Come takes its title from John Bunyan's 1678 parable The Pilgrim's Progress, which describes a fictional pilgrimage from 'The City of Destruction' to 'The Celestial City'. Brimfield reimagines this tale as a loose allegory for a collapse of mental health and the fraught journey to recovery.
 
This exhibition marks the culmination of two years' work, based on a research residency at Bethlem Royal Hospital's National Psychosis Unit and Kings College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in 2018-19. Brimfield conducted interviews and workshops collecting personal testaments from patients, carers, nursing staff, neuroscientists, clinicians and activists. The resulting series of works explore the alienating effects of mental ill health and treatment at an individual, familial and societal level, whilst presenting a celebration of the radical potential of collective creative action and kindness.
 
After nearly a year's delay imposed by the global pandemic, the opening of this timely exhibition is an urgent reminder of our deep need for community. During lockdown, Brimfield has produced an additional series of introspective, personal works reflecting on her own lived experience of mental illness.

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