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In the corners of the city, at the ends of snickets, in the bell towers and bars, something is unfolding: new sources are whispering and shaping the story of the streets, drawing us onwards through spaces that others have touched and transformed.
It’s curious how the light falls on the Minster after you’ve gazed at a weed in a crack between paving slabs; how the streets curve to our curiosity, drawing us onwards, deeper into our desires, uttering to us as we go.
Curious? Stop right here. The signs are everywhere, images flourishing in forgotten places, the walls flutters with them! The new and the old feed on each other. All that we thought blank and dank, opens. Catch the city in the corner of your eye and enter it.
Lara Goodband and Hazel Colquhoun are independent arts professionals based in Yorkshire. They bring a range of complementary skills in curating, project management and public art commissioning together to create a perfect creative and highly-organised partnership. York Curiouser has been initiated from their desire to increase contemporary visual art in York, and to encourage new explorations of a unique city.
"York is an almost intact Medieval city that has grown and developed organically. Unlike British nineteenth-century cities, it has a more human scale to it so that snickets, alleyways and passages have all grown-up with it. This means that York has many hidden, curious areas to it and its scale is perfect as the canvas for contemporary artists. We want people to see York afresh and to explore this famous city in a new way by following new routes and ideas created by thoughtful new artworks. We’re really excited about the work that will be created – we know there’ll be a few surprises!"
This walking tour will take in 10 sites including snickets and towers on the walls. We plan to complete the tour at the Red Tower on Foss Islands Road. We will be walking briskly to see everything. Some sites involve climbing steep and narrow stairways.
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This event is part of the Structures of the Mind: Architecture and Innovation festival theme. Also in this theme: