Rachel Krishe - The Swimmer (c) Chris Nash


James Wilton (c) Werner KmetischJames Wilton Dance Workshop

Sat 26 Apr, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Yorkshire Dance
Box office 0113 243 8765
Tickets £25.00; Collective Members £20.00

An action packed workshop based on James Wilton‘s latest work Last Man Standing. The workshop will begin with a floor based technique class that encourages using the floor efficiently, expansively and safely.

Following this, participants will learn repertoire from the work that draws influence from capoeira, martial arts and break dancing. The workshop finishes with dancers exploring creative tasks used in the creation of the work.

James performs Last Man Standing at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on Wednesday 14 May.

Public Art Now: Thinking Beyond Measure  Leeds
A one-day workshop introducing a ground-breaking new approach to research and evaluation in the arts

Saturday 3 May, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Yorkshire Dance
Book online
Tickets £10.00

Building an evidence base is fundamental to making the case for the arts; finding arts sensitive methods to gather and analyse data has become one of the primary challenges for the arts sector. How often have you felt something was missing from the stories revealed by social science based approaches?

Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), working with arts producers Situations, have been developing an innovative new group based method  the Visual Matrix  to move beyond overt measures of impact and unlock the deeper story of an artwork’s effects on the imagination. This could then be used alongside quantitative approaches to form richer, more complex evaluations.

The North Devon town of Ilfracombe was host to Alex Hartley’s Nowhereisland in the summer of 2012 and, shortly afterwards, the 66 foot high bronze statue Verity by Damien Hirst was loaned to the town where it now towers over the harbour front. In 2013 the Visual Matrix method, which is framed by images of the artworks and depends on visualisation and association, was used alongside a conventional focus group to explore the town’s on-going relation to these large-scale, high profile public art projects. The Visual Matrix revealed a rich depth and diversity of response, which did not emerge through conventional methods.

Join this workshop to hear what happened, how the Visual Matrix works and the value it has for Situations as an organisation. You will also take part in a Visual Matrix, learning how to organise you own session and how it might be applied to your projects.