HAJIME...the beginning...
Monty Adkins, Pip Dickens - 2011

This exhibition showcases preliminary works by Leverhulme Trust Award Artist in Residence, Pip Dickens and her collaboration with composer Monty Adkins.

Their new collaboration takes the Japanese hand-made Katagami stencil (used for printing designs onto kimono fabric) and kimono motifs as a starting point from which they extrapolate new forms which express the synergy possible between the disciplines of sound and vision.

Both artists have regularly exchanged their ‘sketches’ with one another to develop a platform from which a series of major new works will be made. These will premier at their forthcoming exhibition - SHIBUSA - Extracting Beauty - in November 2011, scheduled to coincide with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. A book commemorating the Leverhulme Residency and charting the collaboration will also be launched at the exhibition.

It is rare for artists to reveal work in development to a public audience - such pieces are usually intimate, private workings and experimentations that are neither fully formed nor necessarily indicative of a final series of works. Adkins and Dickens have utilized the Leverhulme Residency to share with staff, students and visitors to the University, the variety and depth of critical thinking and physical interpretation of concepts in their nascency. Through these diverse and variable approaches concepts are explored, motifs developed and new methods of production innovated.

Further research is to be undertaken, in April 2011, in Kyoto where they will meet and interview craftspeople that still use the delicate and painstaking skills of katagami and kyo-yuzen as opposed to computerized machine production.