Yorkshire museum to revolutionise art world

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is about to change the world of art through their newest exhibition, Beyond Boundaries: Art by Email.

Reporter: Cecilia Peruzzi | Sub-Editor: James Brookes

Azar Othman Mahmood, Peoples Questions in a City (2012) | Azar Othman Mahmood

Azar Othman Mahmood, People’s Questions in a City (2012) | (Azar Othman Mahmood)


The exhibition, open from 7 – 29 January 2017, will celebrate artists who might find it difficult to enter the UK due to political circumstances and immigration conditions.

In August, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) released a call for submissions, urging artists from the Middle East to enter, celebrating the notion that ideas and art can travel even if people cannot.

Over 60 proposals were received from artists in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Pakistan, and the final lineup of 14 artists will be announced on 10 November.

The event will be supported by ArtRole, an organisation based in the UK and Iraq that develops cultural exchanges with the Middle East, following a long partnership with the YSP.

Despite being denied entry to the UK, artist Azar Othman Mahmood creates socially engaged installation works and will use Skype to video call the audience on 21 January. YSP visitors will be encouraged to communicate with him through the use of social media and the hashtag #ForAzar.

Helen Pheby, the museum’s senior curator, said she hopes the event will become an annual fixture and eventually reach other countries and regions with similar difficulties, adding: “There’s so much brilliant art out there that’s not getting a platform because of difficulties in travelling.”


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