Art and Industry in Yorkshire

Ref: C3679861

Yorkshire has a strong association with the industrial revolution and several artists have responded to this theme in their works over a range of periods and practices. This online, welcoming and discursive course will explore familiar artists from a range of backgrounds and disciplines from the 19th century to today, alongside lesser-known figures and more marginalised practices. You will have the opportunity to develop your appreciation of a range of visual approaches to industry and to introduce and present artists which you find interesting. We will explore the visual impact of industry in Yorkshire, including on the landscape and people, as well as industry as a colourful motif, whether heritage or modern. We will discuss industrial art within the context of regional history & culture, consider a sense of place, identity and morality among practitioners and subjects, and place industrial art in Yorkshire into the wider context of developments in British and European art.

Course aim

To offer an introduction to appreciating art which responds to industry in Yorkshire in an online, group setting. We will identify and analyse artists and works from various contexts and media, within a broader social and cultural context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the contribution made by at least 3 practitioners to the development of industrial art in Yorkshire
  • Describe the formal visual qualities of at least two examples of industrial Yorkshire art and suggest how these characteristics affects the work's impact
  • Discuss wider influences which inform particular visual responses to industry in Yorkshire, including art networks, collections, social, political & historical contexts; as well as artistic influences and personal matters
  • Explore the relationship of Yorkshire industrial art within the broader context of British and European art, considering changing perceptions and values
  • Participate in constructive discussions with other students online, to compare interpretations, opinions and greater understand works of art and their contexts

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need: An internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam to use our video learning platform, Zoom. A personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas - to receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Art and Industry in Yorkshire

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This course is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and only applicable postcode areas are permitted to enrol.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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