About.

Yoke (meaning to connect or join) is the collaboration between Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward. The work of Yoke seeks to offer alternatives to our fast paced society, questioning our perpetual desire for quick fixes and fast solutions, challenging the audience to move away from predetermined views. Through an interest in the environment and how it has been shaped both physically & socially they explore the stories of people and places.

 

The work is multi-disciplinary, utilising a wide variety of materials such as fabric, wood, ceramic and printed media to create sculpture, installation and intervention. It often involves intense methods of working and repetitive labour such as Bollard Mandala (2015), 2000 handmade ceramic bollards.

 

The collaborative duo considers the role of the viewer as pro-active and important, often thinking about the setting the work is shown and designing the encounter. To this end they may ask the audience to play a part in the work in some way. Their sculptural sand interventions Border Control & Welcome Matt (2016) created obstructions on a beach that controlled people's navigation. Although these physical obstructions could be simply stepped over or washed away they created psychological barriers that enticed the audience to reflect on the work beyond its initial visual pleasure.

 

There is awareness in the work of the conditioning of consumer's attention spans to be brief by the inherent quality of advertising. In using strong imagery, graphics, and colour the work entices the audience by giving them initial pleasure. The painstaking making process shows a commitment to the importance of the subject matter and is in contrast to our throw away society.

CV.

Yoke

Annie Nelson b. 1987, Leicester, UK

Chris Woodward b. 1987, Preston, UK

Education

 

2015

City and Guilds Carpentry & Joinery [A.N]

2010

B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (1stClass), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds  [A.N]

2007

BTEC Diploma Art and Design (Distinction) DMU, Leicester  [A.N]

 

2010  

B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (2:1), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds [C.W]

2007

Diploma Art and Design (Distinction), Runshaw College [C.W]

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019

Undercurrent, The Art House Wakefield, Also showcased as part of the Knitting & Stitching touring show at Alexandra Palace - London, RDS - Dublin & Harrogate international centre.

We Can Only See Today, Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham

2017

This Season’s Must Have, Blam! Produzenten Galerie, Dortmund Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Out Of Bounds, Leeds Print Cooperative Gallery, Leeds

2015

Leeds/Bilbao Residency Exchange Exhibition, Poca Gallery, Spain,

2015

Wrecsam Art Vend, Wales

2014

I Know You; You Can Come With Me, Oriel Wrecsam, Wales

Colonize Revisited, Arena Studios and Gallery, Liverpool

Colonize’ Jamestown, New York

 

Awards, Residencies and Commissions

2019

Artist Reality, Nourish, YVAN (Yorkshire Visual Arts Network)

Akkyduck, Arts Council England Project Grant

2018

Wakefield Arts Partnership micro commision

2017

Ideas That Unify Us, YVAN (Yorkshire Visual Arts Network)

2015

BilbaoArte Fundazioa, exchange residency

Inc. Workshop, Leeds [C.W]

2014

Hove Festival Artist in Residence, Norway [C.W]

2013

Orange and Green Skills for Sustainable Futures, Sustainable Design, Built Environment, Cordoba, Spain [A.N]

2011

Enjoy Artspace, Artist in Residence, Leeds [C.W]

2009

Cyprus School of Art  [A.N]

 

Selected Curatorial Projects

2015

Woolgather’s Art Vent, Arts Council England Project Grant

2012

Woolgather Art Prize, Arts Council England Project Grant

2011

Bring Your Own Art Weekend, Leeds

Woolagther’s Art Prize, Leeds


 

Publications/Press

2019

Corridor 8, Undercurrent, Karen Tobias-Green (Review)

Wales Arts Review, Scott Baines (Review)