Exploration of Leeds heritage through print

Friday 1 December

Glassware found at the Victoria Gate excavation that was used by David Armes.

Artist David Armes is driven by how sense of place can be represented. Since September David has been undertaking a residency with East Street Arts, drawing inspiration from the archaeological dig that took place before the construction of the Victoria Gate shopping centre. The works produced during his residency can be seen in the exhibition The Action of Water, showing at 130 Vicar Lane in Leeds from 1st to 7th December.

Throughout the project David has worked closely with the team here from Archaeological Services WYAS who carried out the site excavations. The team discovered artefacts including buttons, glass and pottery that David has used as tools for print mark making.

David and Archaeological Services WYAS have also facilitated workshops with a local school and community group to bring the past to life. Dr Jane Richardson, who leads the team is passionate about sharing the city’s heritage:

“David’s use of the historic artefacts that we found on the Victoria Gate site is a fascinating way to reflect on the city’s heritage. The groups we’ve run workshops with have found the fusion of history and art a great way to engage both children and adults and we hope to contribute to similar projects in the future.”

This project is a collaboration between East Street Arts and Archaeological Services WYAS supported by Victoria Leeds.


 At the opening of the exhibition - Zoe Horn from Archaeological Services WYAS, Hannah Vallis from East Street Arts and artist David Armes:

Zoe Horn from Archaeological Services, Hannah Villes from East Street Arts and David Armes at the opening of the exhibition