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Art Social: African Landscapes


Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

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Join Zimbabwean artist Ashleigh Beattie to explore the African landscapes that inspire her practice, and the work of Lungiswa Gqunta in our current exhibition Sleep in Witness.

Art Socials are informal, sociable sessions for teachers and art educators of all kinds run by Leeds Art Gallery and Henry Moore Institute, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture International. For this Art Social, we’ll explore Sleep in Witness, the current exhibition at Henry Moore Institute by South African artist Lungiswa Gqunta.

After a short tour of the exhibition we’ll work with Zimbabwean artist Ashleigh Beattie to learn about her practice and the African landscapes that have inspired Gqunta’s installations, and Beattie’s own work. We’ll explore how both artists use materials with inherent meaning, and how these can be used to communicate political and historical narratives.


Visitors who would prefer a step-free entrance can use the accessible entrance on Cookridge Street, using the lift to bring you onto the ground floor. The workshop will take place in the seminar room on the basement level, and you can use a passenger lift to access all floors of the building.

You can store pushchairs in the seminar room for the whole event.

Toilets are located just outside the seminar room on the basement level, including baby changing facilities within the accessible and gender-neutral toilet.

We want to make it as easy as possible for all to attend, so please get in touch if you have any access needs that you would like to discuss before the workshop.

About the artist

Ashleigh Beattie is a Zimbabwean born artist based in Manchester. She uses found materials in her work, which explores ideas of home, abandonment and fragility, drawing on experiences of her childhood in Zimbabwe and time living in South Africa.

Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness
A woman walks through Lungiswa Gqunta’s sculpture 'Ntabamanzi', made from barbed wire and blue wool. The sculpture is designed to look like a wave breaking against the wall of the gallery.


Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness

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The Henry Moore Institute

Experience, study and enjoy sculpture from around the world in the centre of Leeds.

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United Kingdom

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