The Art House in Wakefield has announced its 2022 artistic programme featuring a range of exhibitions that will explore important social issues alongside major residencies, artist support programmes, and new site-specific commissions.
Wakefield-based photographer Robert Broad will take over the Tiled Gallery with his ongoing series of photographs that document the city and his family who lived there since 1985.
My North is a collection of work which documents the district from the early 1990s, a time when the artist first began to notice major changes within the local landscape and Wakefield centre, including the redevelopment of Westgate and the demolition of major buildings such as Ings Road School and Harlequin Hotel. During this period, Broad found new meaning in his practice and committed to documenting Wakefield evolving throughout the following years in an attempt to create an archive that local residents can feel connected to.
Recently, Broad built his own darkroom at home and started working through his archive of photography, sharing the images with the public. In 2021, The Art House launched its own accessible community Dark Room. Working with the facility, Broad has created new prints that can be seen on display for the first time.
Main image: Robert Broad Wakefield Bus Station 3 May 96. Courtesy of the artist.
Robert Broad: My North is at the Tiled Gallery from March 30 until May 15, 2022. For more information, visit The Art House website.