These Men in Residence explored the stone of West Yorkshire, from bedrock and cliffs to gates and walls, by creating a space for active investigation, creation and conversation.
These Men are artist, filmmaker and musician Phil Moody and violinist and mixed media artist Ian Tothill. They draw on their multi-disciplinary backgrounds to approach the theme of stone from multiple perspectives with a range of creative outcomes.
The residency was an interactive, evolving installation which involved experiments in making and play around humankind’s relationship with stone. With their audio-visual work ‘From Stone’ as a starting point, These Men continued their investigation of the stone fabric of West Yorkshire by turning South Square Centre’s gallery into an art lab. Throughout Jan and Feb 2023, visitors to the gallery were encouraged to participate in informal workshops and hands-on open activities which were shared online and in-gallery, leaving layers of creativity to build and develop in this collaborative environment of the course of the residency.
This period of inquiry culminated in a residency finale featuring elements of their exploration, creation, and the contributions of South Square Centre visitors.
The idea of this residency began when we hosted These Men for a sold-out performance of their From Stone performance in November 2022.