Friday 24 March – Sunday 29 October 2017
A selection of 21st century re-interpretations of the Victorian bust by artist Kathy Dalwood from her Secret Society series will go in the China Room cupboards. Instead of sculpting in clay or stone the busts are made by direct casting from real things and found objects which are collaged together, moulded and cast in plaster.
“The invitation to show my plaster busts at Harewood gave me the first ever opportunity to show my work in West Yorkshire and having grown up in Leeds and been to art school there I was really delighted to have the chance to exhibit my work in a Yorkshire context and to a Yorkshire audience.
We moved to Leeds because my father, sculptor Hubert Dalwood, was offered a Gregory Fellowship at Leeds University (a programme which invited artists and writers to be part of the creative community in Leeds). My father had a very active role in the artistic community and undertook several public sculpture commissions in the area one of which has recently been re-sited at Leeds University. Leeds City Art Gallery and the Hepworth, Wakefield both hold his work in their collections.
My father was very much a landscape enthusiast and landscape figured strongly in his work so we often went on picnic day trips to the surrounding countryside and the Dales. We usually drove via Harewood village but the house itself seemed remote, inaccessible and otherworldly to me as a child. Fast forward several decades and I finally get to see inside the spectacular edifice of my childhood imaginings – along with my sculpture! The proposal to exhibit at Harewood felt like a way of reconnecting with Yorkshire, with my father and his work, with my childhood and upbringing and I am absolutely delighted that this particular collection of work – the plaster busts – allowed this serendipitous invitation to come my way.”