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Summer of Love

Bothy Gallery, Open Air, YSP Centre, Bothy Garden, Boathouse and YSP Learning
Current
21 Jun–22 Sep 2022

Summer of Love is a series of events and projects that celebrates human relationships, understanding and love between people.  

Taking inspiration from the current exhibition Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958–2018, the programme runs from the summer solstice to the autumn equinox. As well as sparking moments of pure, joyful connection, Summer of Love will investigate the complexities of love and community: how we relate to one another, to ourselves, and to our environments.  

Throughout his career, Robert Indiana made works that alluded to his sexuality as a gay man, but due to the criminalisation of homosexuality at the time these references had to be discreet. Elements of the Summer of Love programme focus on LGBTQIA+ artists and consider how different and nuanced aspects of queer identity are expressed and represented in a contemporary context. An integral part of the programme is focused engagement work with a local Barnardo’s Positive Identities LGBTQIA+ youth group, led by YSP Learning.  

In the Bothy Gallery, On Queer Ground (9 July – 4 September), presents powerful and poignant works by artists who explore the queer body and identity in relation to landscapes, both real and imagined. The exhibition features work by Claye Bowler, Whiskey Chow, Sade´ Mica, Ro Robertson, SHARP, and RA Walden. Robertson’s sculpture Stone (Butch) (2021) will also be shown, set in a new dialogue with parkland surroundings following its recent display as part of Sculpture in the City in London. Welcoming people of all ages, a range of events throughout the summer includes family celebration days in July and August, creative workshops and family walks on the theme of love.  

A number of other projects touching on themes around human connections, rights, prejudice, access, love and loss will unfold across the Summer of Love. Featured artists include Roger Hiorns, Thahmina Begum, Jordan McKenzie, YARA + DAVINA, and Wakefield-born Jason Wilsher-Mills, whose outdoor display Jason and his Argonauts in Love features an enormous inflatable sculpture.  

Visual artist and illustrator Soofiya has been selected from an open call for an LGBTQIA+ artist to create a vinyl mural which will be displayed in the YSP Centre restaurant, that celebrates the themes of Summer of Love, drawing together the many strands and sentiments of the programme.  

 

(LGBTQIA+ is an acronym that encompasses people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/ questioning, intersex, asexual; the + refers to the many identities of sexuality and gender that are not cisgender and heterosexual.)  

More Summer of Love

Exhibition

On Queer Ground

9 Jul–4 Sep 2022

Rural environments are frequently seen as existing in opposition to queerness, with urban spaces typically being more accepting places for LGBTQIA+ people. This exhibition looks at ways in which queer...

Exhibition

Jason Wilsher-Mills: Jason and his Argonauts in Love

16 Jul–4 Sep 2022

Jason Wilsher-Mills uses iPads and Wacom tablets to create bright, celebratory and poignant works exploring themes of disability. His digital drawings are then translated into huge inflatable works or...

Exhibition

YARA + DAVINA: Arrivals + Departures

22 Jul–14 Aug 2022

Arrivals + Departures is an interactive installation that explores life and love through our experiences of birth and death, two emotive moments that are common to us all no matter who we are, and...

Exhibition

Roger Hiorns: A Retrospective View of the Pathway

6 Aug–4 Sep 2022

Roger Hiorns temporarily transforms the familiar YSP landscape with clouds of foam in this interactive artwork as part of the Summer of Love.  

Exhibition

Jordan McKenzie: Shame Chorus

12 Mar–22 Sep 2022

The feelings that arise from being forced to conceal your sexuality are a theme of McKenzie’s audio work Shame Chorus (2017). The artist refers to American writer Brene´ Brown who says...

Free

Event

On Queer Ground – Stitched Stories in the Bothy Gallery

9 Jul–27 Aug 2022

A special drop-in session taking place across the summer as part of our On Queer Ground exhibition, part of the Summer of Love. This is a rare opportunity to spend time sharing a story from your...

Free

Event

Be an Argonaut with Jason – Digital Workshop

16 Jul–24 Aug 2022

Join artist Jason Wilsher-Mills to learn about how he creates his colourful sculptures and artwork and create your own digital characters. Explore what makes us who we are and make a unique digital...

Free

Event

Robert Indiana: British Sign Language Tour

17 Jul 2022

Discover the motivations and ideas behind the thought-provoking exhibition Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958- 2018 led by Martin Glover, a Deaf BSL user, architect and art facilitator. Martin...

Free

Event

Jason Wilsher-Mills Artist Talk

18 Jul and 22 Aug 2022

Join artist Jason Wilsher-Mills for an artist led talk and tour of his Jason and his Argonauts in Love exhibition, part of the Summer of Love. Suitable for all ages. Dates 18 July,...

Free

Event

On Queer Ground: A Walk in the Park

31 Jul 2022

This is a special event taking place as part of our On Queer Ground exhibition which is part of our Summer of Love programme.  You can book a walk with the people listed below to spend time with...

Free

Event

Thahmina Begum: Walk a Mile in My Shoes

2 Aug–7 Aug 2022

Leeds-based artist and trainee art psychotherapist Thahmina Begum has designed a bespoke series of workshops to invite participants to consider our relationships with one another and how we perceive...

Free

Event

Family Love Walks

4 Aug–25 Aug 2022

Awaken your senses and enjoy the fresh air on our artist-led interactive walks.  Together, explore love, acceptance and belonging while noticing and connecting to the natural world. The...

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Event

Drawing Light: Summer Solstice

Solstice is a day in the calendar to pause, connect with the natural world and replenish your energy.   On the day we are closet to the sun, take some time to reflect and welcome in...

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Event

Love Yoga

Join us for an outdoor yoga session to celebrate the Summer Solstice. As the sun reaches the highest point in the sky, take a breath and connect to the earth. Take time out to spend time being...

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Free

Event

Robert Indiana: Lunchtime Gallery Tour

Pop into our Underground Gallery for a free lunchtime tour of Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958–2018. Louise Lohr, one of YSP’s curators, will take you on a walking tour of the...

Open Air

Ro Robertson: Stone (Butch)

Ro Robertson’s Stone (Butch) (2021) is part of a body of works exploring the terrain of the queer body in the landscape and was created by plaster casting directly in crevices in natural rock...