The Tetley, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
The House That Heals the Soul is both an exhibition and a functioning publishing studio. Its presentation at The Tetley coincides with the International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair.
First exhibited in the summer of 2017 at CCA Glasgow, The House That Heals the Soul was developed with artist and lecturer at the University of Leeds, Nick Thurston. Featuring the work of over a dozen international artists and collectives, it focussed on the political and social status of libraries and brought new audiences into the gallery to read, write and publish.
The Tetley presentation will bring together an archive of the publications and conversations generated at the CCA in a library of libraries. It will also make all of the resources, equipment and expertise necessary to produce printed matter available to the public, enabling visitors to self-publish and add to the project’s growing archive. The visual direction of the publishing studio will be led by two Designers in Residence, Jamie Hudson and Orlando Lloyd, and be developed on-site during the exhibition.
Public libraries, like public art galleries, have become some of the last remaining spaces where people can gather without expectation or requirement. As the future of libraries and their buildings becomes increasingly precarious, The House That Heals the Soul proposes the library as a site of resistance, shelter, preservation, creation and restitution. The Tetley presentation will serve as an active resource for visitors to explore the relationship between contemporary art and libraries in dynamically public ways.
A series of events, exploring our ever-changing relationships to public sites for knowledge development and exchange, will be hosted alongside the exhibition. The Tetley will also lead workshops and inductions in the publishing studio, enabling members of the public to design, print and bind their own DIY editions.
We are hosting a series of generic and specialist workshops to help you produce your own printed matter. Please book onto a session here: thehousethathealsthesoul.eventbrite.co.uk