Leeds art exhibition celebrates 38 of Yorkshire’s best emerging artists

A Leeds-based art exhibition showcasing the work of 38 Yorkshire-born or based artists is currently open for its tenth edition.

Sunny Bank Mills’ ‘Ones To Watch’ exhibit showcases a variety of multimedia art forms created by emerging artists. This includes textile work, lighting, video, sculpture, photography, and archival materials.

Following a successful launch weekend, the exhibition will now be on view at the Sunny Bank Mills gallery space in Farsley, Leeds, until 30 April. The gallery is located within a disused textile factory and was regenerated in a masterplan agreed with Leeds City Council.

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Students, graduates and other young independent artists, who have either studied or lived in Yorkshire, were invited to apply earlier this year. The showcase had over 100 applicants, but 38 talented individuals were chosen to showcase their work in the tenth Ones To Watch.

The featured artists include students and graduates who studied at Yorkshire-based institutions such as Leeds University of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

William Gaunt, deputy managing director of Sunny Bank Mills, said the gallery was created through a “do-it-yourself effort and spirit” out of a need for more space for the platform of independent artists in Yorkshire. The Ones To Watch idea was born out of a desire to give emerging artists space to showcase their work and highlight the best of local talent.


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