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Searching for the Light

02jun(jun 2)5:00 pm30jul(jul 30)3:00 pmSearching for the LightJoan Day bursary winner Jess Kidd

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Fri 2nd Jun 5 -8pm
Free // All welcome
Flamenco inspired performance by musician James Archibald

Fri 2nd Jun – Sun 30th Jul 2023
Tues – Sat 10.30-3pm // Sun 12-3pm
Ground Floor Gallery

South Square are proud to present Jess Kidd, winner of the Joan Day Bursary 2023

Entitled ‘Searching for the Light’, Keighley based artist Jess Kidd celebrates and reclaims her childhood home in a series of ethereal industrial landscapes and urban environments unique to the town.
After a period of illness, Jess began to explore Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This practice of taking risks and making mistakes began to inform her creative practice as well as her chosen subject matter, Keighley.
Like many post-industrial towns, Keighley has struggled with economic and social decline. Hearing the negative remarks on the area growing up, she wonders how those habitual digs affected the lives living in the town.
By painting a love letter to Keighley, Jess aims to challenge other peoples thought behaviours, encouraging celebration and value in the places we live.
The Joan Day Bursary was founded in 2006 in memory of Joan Day. Joan was a highly skilled painter who lived and worked in the West Yorkshire region for much of her life. Following her death, her family sold some of her paintings and were looking for a way in which the funds could be used in an appropriate way to honour her memory.

A friend of the family attended and enjoyed an art workshop at South Square. They suggested it could be a place to use the funds for an art related activity. Since then, South Square have proudly supported 14 artists with this annual prize.

2023’s judging panel was made up of Julia Calver, Chair of Saltaire Inspired, and independent artists Shiraaz Ali and Nancy Stedman.




June 2, 2023 5:00 pm - July 30, 2023 3:00 pm(GMT+00:00)


Ground Floor Gallery, South Square Centre

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