#Rebel Selves Launch – An Exhibition by Dawn Woolley
Wed 10 Jan 2024 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM GMT Left Bank, LS6 1LJ
Woolley invites you to an informal talk about her exhibition at 7:30pm.
Join us at Left Bank for a super special Culture Club on Wednesday the 10th of Jan we will be kicking off our 2024 creative year with bang 🌟🎨 as we launch our first Exhibition of the year ‘#Rebel Selves’ by local artist Dawn Woolley!
The #Rebel Selves installation is something between a stage set for an absurdist play, a hall of mirrors, and an exploded 3-dimensional photograph. Masks, garments, and props scatter the space, inviting visitors to play different characters and create queer selfies.
Selfies are an important form of self-expression because they enable marginalised people not represented on mainstream media to be visible, build communities, and support each other. However, they are expected to conform to binary gender and other beauty ideals. Research shows that people who don’t conform experience more hostility online. #Rebel Selves explores creative methods that could be used when taking selfies in order to avoid some of these problems. In producing performative spaces, #Rebel Selves aims to enable exhibition visitors and workshop participants to collectively develop a visual and gestural language for queer selfies.
In the porch gallery space, Woolley will show a series of self-portrait photographs inspired by an advert for L’Oreal makeup featuring Barbara Palvin wearing a belt of selfie-sticks and mobile phones photographing her from all angles. Palvin says ‘I may not be infallible, but I’m always selfie ready’ and a voiceover says ‘you can be selfie ready from any angle, 24 hours a day’. Woolley says ‘My #Rebel self-portraits do not put me in the centre of a disciplining gaze of cameras, instead I become visually entangled – a glitchy apparition that is hard to pin down’. During the exhibition Woolley will create new self-portraits in the installation and share them online using #RebelSelves and #RebelSelfie.
If you can’t make the launch and plan on visiting the exhibition, please check our calendar before visiting as we are often closed for private events over the weekends.
#Rebel Selves workshop
Wed 24 Jan 2024 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM GMT
Left Bank, LS6 1LJ
During the exhibition Woolley will also be hosting a free interactive workshop. This workshop encourages playing with gender through character development and collage. The workshop, designed to span approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, will begin with a brief introduction to the installation project. Participants will then make and model wearable collages / masks. If they want to, they can take creative selfies in the installation and share them on social media using #RebelSelves and #RebelSelfie. The workshop will end with an experimental communal selfie shoot. Participants do not have to participate in all the activities. It is suitable for ages and does not require any previous collage or self-portraiture experience.
Love your Selfie workshop
Tue, 13 Feb 2024 17:30 – 19:00 GMT
Join the online Love Your Selfie pre-valentine workshop to dive into the world of self-portraits & explore creative ways to make queer #RebelSelves selfies using a new smartphone app.
The workshop, approximately 1.5 hours, will begin with Dawn Woolley’s brief talk and introduction to her #RebelSelves art project, shown at Diskurs gallery, Berlin and Left Bank Leeds. Dawn‘s thought-provoking project, “#Rebel Selves,” confronts norms surrounding gender and beauty in selfies. Participants can capture queer selfies that defy these norms and question traditional ideals. Woolley employs glitch and abstraction techniques to disrupt conventional modes of perception, urging a reevaluation of normative standards. The project aims to liberate individuals from marketable, individualistic identities and embrace a more inclusive and non-binary self-concept.
This project is generously supported by Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust, Left Bank Leeds, and Leeds Arts University.