The Action of Water – David Armes

Dates & Times:
Friday 1st – Thursday 7th December 2017 (11am – 4pm)

Venue: 130 Vicar Lane
Leeds, LS2 7NL

Since September Artist David Armes has been in residence at the project space at 130 Vicar Lane responding to the finds of the archaeological dig which happened underneath what is now Victoria Gate shopping centre.

Come and explore the work produced during the residency and some of the artefacts that inspired it.


Through his practice of print and letterpress David has been exploring how to use the archaeological finds from the survey as tools for mark making, had has experimented with various simple techniques. Could ink be applied to the find? Does it have detritus that can be mixed with ink? What shadows do they cast? Can a rubbing be taken from its surface?



The finds no longer serve the purpose they were made for – e.g. a bottle is now several shards of brightly coloured glass. It can’t be a bottle again. Building on that basic fact David has abstracted the objects further via mark-making, creating repeating patterns and textures on long scrolls which mirror the size and shape of the trenches dug during the archaeological survey.

Throughout the project, David has worked closely with the team from West Yorkshire Archaeological Services. Collaboratively they have run workshops with Shakespeare Primary School and Burmantofts Senior Action.

This project is a collaboration between East Street Arts and West Yorkshire Archaeological Services, supported by Victoria Leeds.