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Yves Saint Laurent Extended Exhibition

‘Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal’. The first ever exhibition – in the UK – of the French designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life, and work, came to a close less than a week ago.

I decided it was an opportunity too good to miss, so before the exhibition closed its doors for good, I took myself over to the French Château-style museum in the North of England to have a look!This is just a small look through the magnificent display put on by The Bowes Museum in collaboration with Fondation Pierre Bergé – so follow me through…Entrance to the museum is free for Art Fund card holders – and still relatively inexpensive for general admission – so what are you waiting for?

The exhibition was scheduled to end mid October, but due to high demand was extended until early November. And so, tickets in hand, we entered the large space exhibition space on the first floor.The Bowes Museum pride themselves on their information booklets. They are printed up and freely available to inform in great detail about different elements of the exhibition.Yves Saint Laurent’s famed work was not squeezed into the textiles room, or into the contemporary white cube gallery space that sits opposite. Style is Eternal spread out to fill both spaces and the room in between!

Rather than move the existing french decor interior pieces that live on permanent display in the center room, large black gauze sheeting draped down from the ceiling to floor.These were printed with information about Yves Saint Laurent brand as well as beautifully lettered quotes from the designer himself.The first room had a wall filled with a huge variation of hat designs. These are a clear demonstration of how important the silhouette are to the central designs of everything produced by Yves Saint Laurent.

Notice that these are all produced in a cream neutral fabric. These are a form of ‘toiles’ which are best described as a three-dimensional drawing. They are a crafted design of the original sketch before committing to specific fabrics and adornments. So these hats on display are crafted purely to experiment and test the dynamics of silhouette – hence the beautiful curves and lines!Other displays included original paper doll cut-outs and designs that Yves Saint Laurent himself created! These were designed in mini collections to fit a doll he would make himself from photographs of famous women in magazines.The first room of the exhibition collaborated with the already existing space of The Bowes Museum Textile Room. Inside glass cabinets were situated historical costume dating back decades at a time. The end of each cabinet then housed an iconic design piece from Yves Saint Laurent that tied in a motif of the cabinet in some way.This is another example of how ‘fashion’ is a temporal creation, constantly looping back through time for inspiration and design techniques.Between the aisles were framed examples of Yves Saint Laurent collection mock-ups. Featuring notes, and fabric swatches for different garb ensembles.After reaching the end of the room, we sat and watched a two part documentary which featured an interview with Yves Saint Laurent himself. The rest covered the methods of the work rooms and the design processes behind creating a collection.The center of The Textiles Room was transformed into a display case of original ‘toiles’.Displayed together, the mannequins allow you to really appreciate the craft and detail put into this form of a ‘draft’ tailoring. The work is perfected over and over again with the neutral fabric to achieve the perfect lines and fall on the model. The jackets even feature mock buttons!After we felt we’d had our fill of the first room, we hurried over to the main exhibition space that held mannequin after mannequin adorned in finished ensembles from a huge number of collections! From Sumptuous Luxury…To Art Pop…To Magic and Mystery. The costumes from Yves Saint Laurent were curated and exhibited by style rather than chronological collection. This really allowed each section of the room to make an enormous impact!Follow on from the mannequin displays and you reach a shocking pink coloured corridor that looped around the back of the room.This featured framed photographs and sketches from other artists that used Yves Saint Laurent as this inspiration and focus.

And after seeing an exhibition like this – why wouldn’t you?So in depth, so carefully curated, such a unique experience! I felt very lucky to wander around the first British exhibition of the famed designers work and life!

Hotel Paradiso – A Pleasance to See

No, that’s not a typo in the title – simply a vague attempt at a pun based on one of the loveliest venues the Fringe Festival 2015 has to offer!I headed across the centre of Edinburgh, to the side of town that houses the Pleasance Courtyard only a few days ago to catch a showing of the stunningly rated Hotel Paradiso.The courtyard itself was decked out in eccentric decor that matched the kind of acts performing in their various theatre spaces. In the very middle stood a wacky signpost that (although pretty crazy to look at) was genuinely helpful in navigating the different locations of the ranging venue rooms!No trip would be complete without documenting some scrumptious grub – and the Pulled Pork Hut definitely delivered! Succulent and freshly pulled, these sandwiches are worth getting up early for! The basic sandwich offers plain pulled pork, and from there you have free reign of condiments and additives to sling on top and customise to your taste.Feeling pretty grey-t after chowing down on lunch, and I decided to use the Falafel Hut as an apt backdrop for an outfit-of-the-day. Comfy and casual for sitting in theatres watching shows, but monochromatic and chic with choice elements of the look e.g. the tartan poncho and bright white crocodile print brogues!

Grey high neck tank top – New Look

Grey distressed jeans – H&M

White brogue shoes – River Island

Grey tartan poncho – T K Maxx

Bag – Asos

In the middle of snapping outfits, we were surprised by a meeting with a tall, three footed furry creature campaigning an alternate show hosted in the Pleasance Courtyard. The Chuffalump (as we learned he was called from the other promoters roaming around with the furry fiend) is one of four featuring ‘animals’ in the “ludicrously lyrical and magical tour” of The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie. A bizarre sounding and looking show – but this family show seems to be a pretty powerful puppet pack with constant five and four star reviews across the board! (With less than a week left of the Fringe Festival, I might just have to pop back over to Pleasance and see what all the fuss is about?)Once we’d had our fill of happy snaps, we trotted through to the Beyond (it sounds much more exotic and mystical than it actually was) and stood in a british fashion (that is the say – queueing) waiting to be allowed into the theatre and grab a good seat.Tickets in hand, and waiting in line early, we were able to get seats in the front row of the theatre! Of the many shows I’ve been lucky enough to catch over the period of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this was one of the largest theatre seating (not including shows held in spaces like King’s Theatre, for example).(I’m not one for taking pictures during a performance, as I like to be fully immersed in what I’m watching. But I’ll insert a number of examples of scenes from the play itself!)The set seems plain at first glance, but every part of its design is ingenuitive and incorporated to unexpected elements of the Hotel Paradiso storyline.

The storyline of Hotel Paradiso follows the strange things that happen at the quaint hotel of the same name. The family run business is clinging together by frayed threads, and the performance presents the psychological and physical hardships this entails. Featuring events of love, thievery and even death (on more than one level) – this is a captivating play performed by the Familie Floz theatre company!Each of the many varying characters are played by one of the only four cast! The talented pool of theatre makers involved in the Familie Floz company makes this and the quick changes between characters possible through the incorporation of large cartoon-like masks. This was a key feature in the company’s establishment – that of rediscovering the traditional techniques of masks in theatre.

Along with this, now iconic, central feature, the plays like Hotel Paradiso use means of nonverbal, artistic and musical creative process to craft a mesmerizing theatrical play for all to enjoy!It really is something difficult to convey to those that have not seen something like it, or studied ancient Greek and Roman plays that used similar techniques of masks in their performances. But Hotel Paradiso is a form of mimed storytelling at it’s best! As an audience member you can forget that the actors have been removed of the luxury of both speech AND facial expression to portray the different characteristics of the different characters.This type of acting has become a branch off of the genre of physical theatre – and it is a truly unique and magical play to experience.From funny, to sweet, to heartfelt – this is a theatre company to put on your wishlist! I recommend trying to view Hotel Paradiso before the end of the Fringe Festival, or even in the company’s next performing spot somewhere in Europe!(Photographs from previous performances – courtesy of the Familie Floz production company website page and Gabriele Zucca.)

Making a Decision

You’ve still got time – make the right decision and head to the Hayward Gallery in London for one of the most interactive art exhibitions you’ll come across this year!The reason I try and encourage you to visit, is because the experience is definitely one for everyone! Whether or not you have background knowledge and understanding of art – the Decision exhibition from Carston Holler breaks down the boundaries that people sometimes feel that art constructs.The outside of the gallery has parts of the exhibition sprouting out and gives a hint to the amazing contents inside!About half an hour late for our time slot, Ruth and I headed into explore the exhibition that the Hayward Gallery had to offer!Tickets in hand (and having booked ahead of time playing to our advantage, and being able to enter the exhibit halfway through a time slot) we headed inside…The art of choice is presented right at the door – literally! Two doors stand side-by-side labelled ‘A’ and ‘B’, and your first role as a participant in the exhibition is to make a decision of which you would like to enter through.

We chose ‘A’ and ventured into the darkness of a winding metal tunnel…The tunnel was pitch black. It sloped steeply upwards, and then suddenly twisted and turned. We ended up clinging to each other in the darkness, happily tripping and stumbling our way through.

After finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (literally) we stepped out into, what seemed far more vast, a space that housed a giant turning sculpture of mushroom and mechanisms.We took turns to propel the turning of the different levels with a push of the lowest bar, causing the varied spin of the human-sized funguy!It is pieces like this that express a sense of whimsy, and thus a simplistic intent that just wishes to connect with an audience, rather than force an agenda onto them.From one open space to another, we moved up the steps and into a section of the room that was empty except for a giant pool of red and white pills.We very quickly pounced and dove our hands into the satisfying mound.

We could see from above a single pill drop from the ceiling into the center of pile – and were told that this happened consistently every 3 seconds!We were informed that the pile we had the pleasure of delving our hands into was an accumulation of all the pills that had dropped  since the opening of the exhibition.And again, the principal of choice was presented.

Ruth, the brave soul that she is, decided to take one of the mystery pills and neatly swallowed the bi-coloured vessel.(Of course, the pills are perfectly safe and are filled with a basic mixture similar to flour and plant extract – but where’s the fun in safety, right?)After satisfying our investigation of the pills, we progressed to the far side of the room, and decided to go downstairs…Downstairs, in a dimly lit and low ceilinged space, were a collection of various elements of the exhibition. From flashing wall light displays to robotic rolling beds – it was a jumble of mismatched eclecticism that simultaneously seemed to belong in the space!

(If you have an urge to splurge, or simply need an expensive bed for the night, you can actually pay to stay and sleep in the roaming beds overnight! Check out the full – and wacky details – here!)And at the far side of the room was a built in bench that offered virtual reality goggles and headphones. On the wall next to the installation was the first sign of Carsten Holler’s use of queueing in the exhibition. Because even though the Decision exhibition is freely interactive – it is still set in a British gallery, and what would a British experience be without queueingWe sat side-by-side and jammed the virtual reality kit onto our heads and sat silently enjoying the experience…If you want to know what we saw, you’ll have to visit the Decision exhibition and see for yourself!Once we’d had our fill of the lower floors, we ascended the concrete stairs to final floor of the exhibition…And stepped into the mirror walled room of assorted art pieces!

One of the central art works consisted of a large plastic perspex cube filled with the same pills we had seen on the floor below.We also found out that this is actually the source of the pills – this is the spot that feeds through the ceiling that drops a pill every 3 seconds!Next to the plastic cube was a white platform featuring two very overstuffed pink pythons! (The perfect example of random whimsy.)It was hard to ignore the enormous die on the other side of the room.And we found that if you positioned yourself at just the right angle, we could spy each other through the holes!Sadly for us, we were too tall to clamber inside – but if any of you readers take kids to the Decision exhibition, they might just have the chance to jump inside!As I said earlier, there is more than one location in the gallery where the audience is expected to queue in order to participate in limited access areas. We stood for only a few moments before stepping outside to don our heads with another set of headgear that would change our perception of our reality!With a pretty great rooftop view of the London Eye, I took the first go of having my world flipped upside down (again, literally)!The visor uses cleverly collaborated mirrors that reverse your everyday view upwards and flip everything on its head. This is particularly disorientating when outside on a rooftop!When outside experiencing the bizarre sensation of hanging off the face of the world, the Hayward Gallery’s signs change makes much more sense!  

Ruth then strapped on the head piece, and began to look around and take in the experience of a world turned upside down!I definitely recommend attending the gallery with a friend, as activities like this are made twice as fun when you can watch your companion stagger around confusedly on an open rooftop!Satisfied with our outdoor experience, we passed our visor onto the next in line wandered through to the remaining space of Carsten Holler’s exhibition.For those that are more seriously art inclined, there are installed elements of the exhibition to satisfy! One piece in particular, was a corridor section that was lined with heavy square television monitors displaying the faces of identical twins facing opposite each other.As you walked through the center of the monitors you became bombarded by the sound of the scripted phrases read out by the different halves of the twins. The artwork here becomes a(nother literal) reflection of identity, self expression and image.We were reaching the end of our exploration of Decision, but were too eager to slow down! So we quickly slotted ourselves into one of the wooden school-like desks against the wall and attempted to make our noses grow…Apparently, by applying vibration to a certain part of your arm in a very particular way, while holding the tip of your nose, you can confuse the body into believe the nose is either growing or shrinking!We attempted them one for sometime, but to no avail. If anyone else attends the exhibition or has tried this experiment before – comment below your success of failures!One look outside onto the other rooftop space and you could see another small queue waiting to take turns up on a rotating flying machine!Helmeted and suspended by the small of your back, you would swing through the air with all of London stretched out below and in front of you!This experience is no extra charge to your ticket, but I recommend booking your timeslot for the exhibition in the earlier part of the day if you definitely want your turn in the air!When we felt we had seen it all, we walked to the end of the room that housed the metal scaffolding and staircases that would take us to our exit point!Like our rather unconventional method of entering the exhibition, the exit was not to be outdone! Canvas sacks in hand, we scaled the metallic stairwell and positioned ourselves at the mouth of a multi-storied metal and clear top spiral slide.With a grin and a scream, we rocketed down the shoots to soft exercise mat at the bottom!

The exhibition is one that presents art from the perspective of solely the experience – created through the use of “perception a decision making”this was a time spent in an art gallery where not everything is as it seems, but everything is enjoyable!We deposited our canvas modes of transportation and headed for the doorway that would lead us out.And as always with any interactive experience – you are directed out through the exit, that just so happens to be a gift shop.However, don’t be fooled by the idea of cheap tat with nothing to do with your experience! The souvenirs for sale are all designed by Carsten Holler himself and feature the theme of of opposites and decisions. The chocolate bars were clever and sweet (nudge, nudge)But our favourites were the little button badges printed with the split opposites motif as well as a few nods to pieces from the exhibition itself!

The exhibition is on until the 6th of December. For more information on the Decision exhibition, or bookings, visit the Hayward Gallery website, here

Charles Rennie Mackintosh House

If you’re near the Northampton area, in England, a must visit spot is known as 78 Derngate. Don’t let the unassuming address fool you – this is the famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh house!“78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.”

Not long ago, visiting family in Northampton, we took an excursion out to the restored house and galleries. The house (having a slight cosmetic makeover during our visit) is connected to 80 and 82 Derngate, thus making a base for the trust and charity that preserve the building.After eagerly badgering the staff at the desk in the visitors center extension, next door to 78 Derngate, one of the tour guides led us outside to observe the property from the back and give us a brief background to the owner and design choices.With our glamorous shoe protectors strapped to our feet, we were led to the kitchen, on the ground floor of 78 Derngate.Although the rooms do not seem modern to a contemporary viewers eye, these were a far-flung leap from the styles during the early 1900s. Throughout the house, elements of the interior furnishings are original from their construction. However, some pieces are reconstructions and replicas.

Luckily for the trust, W.J Bassett-Lowke (the original house owner and co-designer with Mackintosh) was so proud of his finished home, that he took many photos and sent them as postcards to friends and relatives. Through these, the reconstructions are almost unrecognisable from their original counterparts!Notable sections of the kitchen include; the extensive use of electricity that would have been extremely expensive at the time, as well as the numerous windows throughout the room to bring in as much natural light as possible!Moving up the stairs, you can see more use of windows – more as a decorative elements – in a tile-like design to make up a lot of the wall.The large dining/drawing room presents a few design elements that are obviously Mackintosh’s style, but nothing extreme. More ingenuitive design can be seen in pieces like the lamps, with a swing hinge and hand hold specifically to enable ease of use!The colours of the rooms decor would have been lost, had a living relative of Bassett-Lowke not been found to tell the reconstructors about the pallet of the walls and rugs!In comparison to the muted, neutral coloured room, the entrance room opposite is the epitome of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s quirky eccentricity in design, colour and shape!From another early enginuitive design of a dual swinging room…To the impressively illusionistic hanging light…All the way to the tiny triangular windows in the front door (which are the earliest recorded use of this shape)!The whole room attempts to (and achieves) the disorientation of the guest in the house! Including lines, patterning from floor to ceiling, this room is something you have to experience in person! 

Especially the guided tour, where you’ll be shown a number of hidden compartments and cubby holes craftily designed into the interior of the room!An added bonus is the replica of the original curtains that were hung in the front window. This pattern is exclusively made for the 78 Derngate charity and trust!

In the gift shop, they sell pillows, throws and ties in their exclusive print!As you proceed from the overwhelming black room upstairs, you’ll notice the lightening of colour, but a consistency with the repetitive square pattern of the walls.The ladies drawing room/bedroom that was used primarily by Mrs Bassett-Lowke, is a much softer interior to the eccentric design of the main room on the floor below. There is no surprise that the assumption is that she allowed her husband free reign of design throughout the house with Mackintosh, but requested one room of her own.Elements of the room were still very modern for the time – like the wallpaper lines around the edges of the room, as well as the furniture pieces!Across the hall you find a bathroom, that at a glance does not seem anything special… And this wish to shrug at a bathroom is what makes it so special! Nearly a hundred years on from it’s original design, and this bathroom is something you would not be surprised to see in a contemporary home!The large shower head, protruding from wall is large and similar to any waterfall head in popular contemporary bathrooms today!

But the really amazing quality of the room is the walls…The mosaic style tiles, are actually just prints on the wall paper that lines the entire inside of the room. And the best bit? The walls and floor are waterproof! This bathroom acts as a hundred year old wetroom!Head one floor up and you’ll find the last room in the house that is actively furnished and would have been seen by visitors of the house – the guest bedroomBased on the original colour pallet, the rooms textiles have been replicated, but a majority of the furniture is original!

This room is obviously the other main room with which Mackintosh has been allowed creative license.Attitudes about the room vary. Leave a comment down below if you like it or loath it!

If you are too eager to wait, you can take a virtual tour of the inside of 78 Derngate house and galleries, here!The back garden is a space that visitors to the house and galleries can roam freely, large discoball sculptures have been planted that catch the light and throw it in every direction.You can see how the galleries and visitors space has been designed in a style like that of Mackintosh, but on a contemporary level. The goal in his designs, and that of 78 Derngate is always to incorporate natural light and bold straight lines.Even if you don’t plan on experiencing the tour of the house, the visitors centre and cafe are a fantastic place to stop anytime!

Black sweater – New Look

Jeans – Cheap Monday

Shoes – Paris souvenir

Bag – Asos

To finish off our visit we decided to stopoff in The Dining Room.(If you want one of their famous High Tea’s, you’ll need to give them a ring a few days before your visit to book because they make the exact amount of cakes and sandwiches that day for their bookings.)With beautiful mismatched china the size of a small bucket for your coffee, this place suited me just fine!Some of our table order a simple classic of eggs on toast…But I was a bit too peckish and went for the smoked salmon salad, poached egg and potatoes.Delicious!There are constant events held at the galleries, including; exhibitions, workshops and even drinks in the gardens! If you want more info on 78 Derngate, visit their website, here!

The Second Slice

Second helpings anyone?

After an early dinner in the city center of Leeds, it was time to walk back over to the Leeds Gallery and prepare (with fork in hand) for an evening of eating cake art to our hearts content! If you haven’t seen Part I of The Great Edible Art Exhibition, check it out here!

We arrived for the second sitting of cake eating in the gallery, and all the handcrafted pieces were partially cut into already. This was a very surreal site – in particular the recreation of the lamb in formaldehyde and the recreation of the painted vase!

‘Away from the Flock’ by Damien Hirst; rainbow vanilla sponge, buttercream, icing and raspberry jam. The colours for this pieces are really breath taking to see in person. The lamb stood in the clear perspex box, one side of the box was removed in order to take the slices out of the cake. The Tattooed Bakers have created cakes for other occasions, and whenever it was an organic form like an animal or person – the inside for this was made entirely of red velvet cake! Morbid? Or just really clever? Check it out an example here, leave a comment of what you think!‘Nud Cycladic 14’ by Sarah Lucas; vegan lemon sponge cake, and vegan vanilla buttercream icing.

It was really helpful to have the large black boards with writing hanging from the ceiling, and a really aesthetically pleasing way to display information about the cakes. The front listed basic information about the title, original artist and the materials used for the original artwork the cake was based off of. The front also listed the ingredients for the cake version created by The Tattooed Bakers! The back of the boards offered more details on the original artist, a brief history and what the actual artwork aimed to explore – all very helpful for anyone who wasn’t knowledgeable on the what the cakes were recreations of!I loved that even the breezeblocks for the Sarah Lucas piece were created from fondant icing!This is a great snapshot to use in highlighting how we went about eating the cakes. It wasn’t all ‘every man for himself’, instead members of the gallery staff were in charge of specific cakes and spent their time cutting pieces out and popping them into the rainbow array for plastic cups. You could request a section of the cake or just grab a pre-cut piece of cake in a cup and continue wandering around the gallery space!

Mr S**t Sex’ by Grayson Perry; chocolate, prune and kahlua fruitcake. Natural marzipan, printed rice paper, icing and gold leaf!‘No Chance’ by Tracey Emin; traditional shortbread and icing.It was really quite a fantastically organised event! On arriving we received our free (and very boozy) punch and were allowed to roam and eat as much as we liked! There were plenty of little bins strategically placed for excess cups etc, so not too much hassle trying to carry four things at once or anything!

Apart from standing in awe at the feat that was the simple creation of these life sized works of art in their own right – it was equally bizarre to watch someone using a knife to cut into the look-a-like famous and award winning artwork!I spent a lot of the evening circling round and round, collecting my next sample of cake, snapping photos and trying to decide which one really was my favourite… You wouldn’t believe it, but I have to say the Sarah Lucas art recreation (vegan and all) tasted the creamiest and the most delicious! Who would have thunk it?

Before leaving I came across The Tattooed Bakers themselves! And I couldn’t resist a quick chat and major praise for the exhibition that was all down to them!The two are London based cake makers and really do specialise in the weird, wonderful and unique when it comes to their craft! Having both left their day jobs, they jumped feet first into their career together, and basically haven’t looked back. They boast an incredibly high profile list of past clients and are also pretty cool people in general – check out their website with plenty of photos of their other creations here.Hopefully, this two part set of blog posts has allowed you to have your fill – especially since I offered you a second helping! Keep an eye out for the British Art Show coming to Leeds this Summer, which is was this exhibition was designed to promote!

Have Your Cake, and Eat It Too

#FEEDMEART

An exhibition made entirely of cake – and I had the tickets to the evening event that meant I was going to get to tuck into the exclusive, hand-crafted creations too!A couple of weeks ago I eagerly bought tickets to the Edible Art Exhibition that was to be held in the Leeds Art Gallery, at Munro House, over the Indie Food Festival. About a week before the show, a letter arrived in the post. Hand inscribed, and hand wrapper; the bright orange envelope contained a glossy flyer for the event, and my tickets of entry – two pink forks! This was a special, one-day-only, event and I was now fully prepared!I decided to head to Leeds during the day and visit the exhibition before the exclusive evening event I had snagged tickets to. I wanted to see the cake art without huge crowds of people in the gallery space, as well as in their full glory before they were cut into! The gallery was smaller than I expected, but had very cool vibes – I’d definitely recommend a visit any day (even when there is not cake involved).

If you want anymore other info on the gallery, I’ll have more photos after the cake. But for now, let’s just get straight into the cake creations!The gallery is split up into roughly two spaces, but the flow between them is fairly fluid as you can move around the constructed walls through two different walkways. ‘The Menu’ was hung slap-bang on the wall facing the visitor when you come in the main entrance!

The Tattooed Bakers were commissioned by The Leeds Gallery, and Leeds Indie Food Festival officials, to create four, life sized, works-of-art by famous artist. Each creation was a different flavour/cake and ‘The Menu’ laid these out very clearly!

The first; a traditional shortbread with sugar paste letters and decoration. This piece is the recreation of ‘No Chance’ by Tracey Emin, exhibited in the 5th British Art Show in 1999.The second section of gallery housed the other three cakes, as well as a display of food themed photography and typography based prints!The next cake piece; a chocolate and prune fruitcake, covered in marzipan. This piece is the recreation of ‘Mr. S**t Sex’ by Grayson Perry, exhibited in the 5th British Art Show in 1999. The decorative images was created with sugar paste, printed rice paper and gold leaf! The third cake; a dairy free, lemon sponge cake with “buttercream” and sugarpaste frosting. Not quite vegan (because of the use of sugarpaste) but the creation of a dairy free art work meant the evening eating-fest was catering to a wide variety of people! This is a recreation of ‘Nud Cycladic 14’ by Sarah Lucas, exhibited in the 7th British Art Show in 2009.And the final, show stopper of all the cakes, created by The tattooed Bakers, stood in a coloured perspex box in the centre of the gallery space!

A cake version of lamb in formaldehyde; a rainbow sponge with vanilla buttercream and sugarpaste decoration. This is a recreation of ‘Away from the Flock’ by Damien Hirst, exhibited in the 4th British Art Show in 1994.The Edible Art Exhibition was designed to raise awareness that the British Art Show is coming to Leeds in October! Sections of the walls featured printed typography specifically for the big exhibition; promoting the gallery itself and the social media tag to advertise with!

The main walls of the gallery were lined with large framed photograph, and clever printed typography images hung up with large silver bulldog clips! Some prints featured unique forms of displaying ingredients or recipes, and all of them were exquisitely themed around food!

The main feature wall of wall typography advertising The Great Edible Art Exhibition could been seen from the cafe – known as Cafe 164. And since we had made our way through the main gallery, it seemed the perfect time for a coffee break and chill time in the cafe!Neon signs, decoration, funky lighting fixtures and free wifi; Cafe 164 is one rad place to hang out! I’m a sucker for neon lights as it is, and so the giant birthday cake hung above the leather booth seating had a special place in my heart after seeing all the cake art in the gallery!Cafe 164 is open for anyone to come, drink coffee, have a snack, and even work. A very cool spot to come is your free in Leeds! Before leaving, I decided to check out the ‘gift shop’ area for the art gallery that you could see through the window-wall of Cafe 164. The entrance hall area is designed with a 2-Dimensional illusioned living room interior, similar to printed Pop Artwork from Roy Lichtenstein…The ‘gift stop’ was spread across two rooms of space, and is basically the same size as the gallery! The shelves are crammed with unique arty creations for sale. Notebooks, stationery and loads in between with gorgeous designs and colour palettes.

The ‘gift shop’ has one of the widest selection of niche art magazines that I’ve come across in one location – I recommend a visit for anyone buying for an art-loving friend or loved one! There is loads of choice!The last room of the ‘gift shop’ has more for sale. When I visited there were beautiful printed, wall pieces for sale. These were themed around creative theoretical beer logos! This room had a very cool, minimalistic interior layout – definitely worth checking out!After looking through all that was on offer (and talking myself out of some very expensive limited edition hardback art magazines), it was time to head out for an early dinner and wander around Leeds before returning for the special eating-fest in the evening!

Keep an eye out later this week for the *second slice* of this amazing event – hope this blogpost has given you your fill for now!