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Issue One Monday 15 April 2013

Sculpture park Yinka comes to Yorkshire

Find your charity shop treasure Wallet friendly ways to get out and see Yorkshire

The Beautiful Sport

Lipstick, fake eyelashes, wigs and...chokeholds? wrestling has it all


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Robert Filliou: The Institute of Endless Possibilities

In this issue

Pages 2-3 Culture Reviews and Previews

review by Jon Cronshaw

Pages 4-5 Budget days out in Yorkshire

Pages 6-7 Love your charity shop

Page 8 Priscilla Queen of the Ring The YV team Editor Sallie Gregson

Contributors

Jon Cronshaw @Jon_Cronshaw Sallie Gregson @Salliex

Kate Russell @littletinykate Tom Swain @tjoswain

Robert Filliou: Eins, Un, One

Mad Men - Series 6 Episode 1 By Sallie Gregson

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito By Jon Cronshaw

WHEN New York indie hipsters Yeah Yeah Yeahs burst onto the global music scene in 2001, their energy and quirkiness immediately pigeonholed them as a trendy flavour of the month. But with over a decade behind them and their fourth full-length album Mosquito in the bag, Karen O and her band of geekish rockers are still breaking new ground. Mosquito is an album that captures what made Yeah Yeah Yeahs so exciting on their self-titled debut EP in 2001. They have an uncanny ability to seamlessly combine the urgent sensibility of early Stooges records in songs like ‘Area 52’, with the sensitive, melancholic songwriting of tracks like ‘Subway’ and ‘Always’. Beneath the album’s sound is a clear nod towards the New York dance-punk scene of the late-70s, with tracks like ‘Slave’ and ‘Mosquito’ drawing from the same well as the achingly underrated ESG –

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THE Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, has taken a punt with its latest exhibition, 'Robert Filliou: The Institute of Endless Possibilities'. The exhibition seeks to explore the nature of gambling and the absurdity of games by utilising a bizarre array of cardboard boxes, double-sided playing cards and a dice-filled, room which were produced by Robert Filliou during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Patrons are invited to learn the rules to the bizarre card game called ‘Leeds’. The game features double-sided playing cards and requires the players to be blindfolded while an onlooker makes bets. This is an exercise in pointlessness and ridiculousness, but it is one that can be quite appealing in the visual arts. What is perhaps most engaging about the show is presented in the final gallery. There is a room filled with 16,000 die. They can be manipulated by visitors to make forms and shapes of their own choosing without fear of being told off by the invigilators. Like the double-sided playing cards, the die are also unusable in in conventional games of chance - each dice only has the number one on each of their six sides, hence the title of the piece ‘Eins, Un, One’ – is the game rigged, or is it making a mockery of chance? Although the exhibition is by no means as dry as many of the Henry Moore Institute’s exhibitions past, 'Robert Filliou: The Institute of Endless Possibilities' is not one of their best. It’s a show with some quirky highlights, but will inevitably leave most visitors feeling bemused. Robert Filliou: The Institute of Endless Possibilities is on display until June 23.

this influence being clearly bolstered by the production talents of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio.. Mosquito is a very good album that demonstrates how with each new release,Yeah Yeah Yeahs have made a commitment to evolving their sound in ways that make them still as arresting as they were in 2001. Out April 16 on Interscope Records.

THE penultimate series of Mad Men begins with a two hour feature length episode full of even more questions than we were left with at the end of series five. We don’t know how far ahead we have jumped since we last saw Don in the bar with a woman he might or might not have gone home with. Is he still a reformed, loving husband or has he slipped back into his old ways? None of the recaps and build-ups have done it justice, the award-winning show brings so much depth and style to the bland, unoriginal programs that litter our screens. There is a strong focus on death already, a theme Don loves to ponder. His obsession with death coats the whole episode in a sense of morbidity about the future. He is de-

scribed by a drunken solider as a “man who can’t sleep and talks to strangers.” But what of the rich variety of other characters? Roger also focuses on death but of others rather than his own, we now get a psychiatrist to get further into his complex, drunken mind. Peggy is going from strength to strength in her new job, she has grown in confidence and we still love her for it. The only thing that was missing was we needed more on the future of ‘Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’. Apart from a glimpse we saw nothing of the company we spent five seasons watching them create. Wednesdays, 10pm, Sky Atlantic HD


Yinka Comes to Yorkshire

by Jon Cronshaw

Bingley Music Live searching for rising stars

WHILE Primal Scream, The Cribs and The Wonder Stuff have all been announced for Bingley Music Live, the festival organisers are launching a contest to find the best, undiscovered UK artists. The Emerging Talent Competition offers main and second stage slots to four lucky winners. To enter, download an application from www.bingleymusiclive.com or email info@bingleymusiclive.com and return it by 5pm Friday 26 April. Traders supplying interesting food are also being asked to get involved along with walkabout performers to entertain families. To encourage community involvement applicants who live in Bradford will be considered first then the whole of Yorkshire will get a chance. Early bird tickets have sold out but don’t worry - as a massive thank you the organisers are keeping tickets at last year’s prices. Three-day weekend tickets are available for £45 plus booking fee from the website or call the ticket hotline 0871 220 0260. SG

Jewish artists on display in Leeds

BLACK-WINGED fairies, fox-headed highwaymen sporting hand-guns and Blackberry phones, and cute aliens in colourful flying machines are among some of the weird and wonderful exhibits currently on show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield.

They are not sculptures in the traditional sense as Nigerian-born British artist Yinka Shonibare works with materials ranging from brightly coloured fabrics to taxidermied fox heads. The Turner Prize nominee’s work explores the themes of conflict, empire and identity through using African fabrics in unlikely places, from space suits to 19th Century naval uniforms.

“These are universal ideas that people are talking about every day, it’s just that they are being dealt with in art.”

Fabric-ation brings together some of Yinka’s most well known works from the past decade, with the addition of new works commissioned especially for the exhibition. Sarah Coulson, deputy curator at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, said: “Yinka hasn’t had a UK exhibition anything like this size, which has brought together work from such a wide period of time. It’s an opportunity for people to see how his work has developed.” Yinka, who was awarded an MBE in 2004, questions the snobbishness that can surround art and the prejudices we hold about different types of art. This is why he uses fabrics and colours in his sculptures. Sarah added, “Fabric is traditionally thought of as craft, which is often seen as something separate to sculpture. Yinka deliberately uses fabric to question ‘what is sculpture?’ and why we have these ideas of high art and low art. “Yinka says that what he wants to do is create things that are beautiful, that people can engage with on many different levels. So you can come and just enjoy the amazing colours, patterns and

textures, and the sheer joyousness of the objects that he makes. So you can come and enjoy these objects for what they are.” The exhibition isn’t just aimed at the art lover, and would be perfect for families or those who are unsure where to start with contemporary art. As well as the black-winged fairies there are richly coloured Victorian costumes, space ships, and two musketeers shooting at each other through a wall of eggs. Sarah said: “You can take from this exhibition what you want to. There’s so much you can go away with. It’s not just about art, it’s about everyday life. These are universal ideas that people are talking about every day, it’s just that they are being dealt with in art.”

Fabric-ation is on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until September 1. For more information visit: www.ysp.co.uk

IN RECOGNITION of the 150th anniversary of the Leeds Jewish community, the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery is hosting an exhibition which celebrates the contribution of Jewish artists in Yorkshire.The exhibition is based around the major Jewish artists in the University of Leeds Art Collection, including Jacob Kramer, Philip Naviasky and Willy Tirr.Other important works will feature from other public and private collections, including works by Joash Woodrow. Contemporary artists are also represented by Lydia Bauman, Gillian Singer and Judith Tucke. Jewish Artists in Yorkshire will be held at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, April 17 to July 20. JC

Bradford film fest marks Bollywood Centerary

WITH the centenary celebrations of Indian film, the 19th Bradford International Film Festival will be screening a series of films which highlight the history and legacy of Bollywood cinema - from the silent movie Raja Harishchandra (1913), to the hotly anticipated Mumbai’s King, which will be receiving its UK premiere. The festival is not all about Bollywood, however. On the opening night, there will be a screening of Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love starring Steve Coogan. With a whole host of movie premieres, independent films and guest speakers, there is will something for everyone. Bradford International Film Festival, April 11 to 21. JC. Page 3


Yorkshire on

By Tom Swain

Spring is here, the sun is shining, and you want to get out of the house – but you’re on a budget. So where can you go for the day without spending a fortune? Here are some of our recommendations…

Royal Armouries, Leeds

© Royal Armouries Museum

Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT http://www.royalarmouries.org/visit-us/leeds

THE construction of the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield was strongly opposed by the local community at first, but there isn’t much controversial about it now. The gallery is currently displaying works by Alice Channer, Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Linder Sterling, all of whom have engaged with the legacy of Barbara Hepworth. The building design is the work of award-winning architect David Chipperfield, who is known for museums across Europe. Construction of the Hepworth was completed in January 2010, and it sits proudly on the Calder and Hebble Navigation that meanders through south Wakefield. The gallery is attractive on the inside too. It has a lovely, just-aboutcheap-enough café, a comprehensive souvenir shop, and posh toilets. This one is more suited to the culturally-minded day-tripper, and might not keep children entertained. But if you like sculpture – or think you might like sculpture – the Hepworth is great. Free, 10am - 5pm, 01924 247360

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£££££

LEEDS’ very own Royal Armouries boasts more than 8,500 objects of war, spread out over six galleries, all completely free to visitors. One of three Armouries nationally, Leeds’ is located at Clarence Dock near the city centre, and is well worth a visit. The current event at the Armouries is Royal Armouries: In Focus, and runs until June.The exhibition presents a unique insight into the Armouries’ collection of arms and armour, and is the work of Leeds Photographic Society.The display is a 34-image account of the museum’s part in Leeds’ heritage, and is made up of photographs taken by members of the society. A trip to the Royal Armouries is a great day out, with cafés and a shop. However, it has to be said, if you don’t like wandering about halls full of steel weaponry, it may not be for you. Free, 10am - 5pm, 0113 220 1999 YV Budget Rating

£££££

The Hepworth Wakefield

© The Hepworth Wakefield

Gallery Walk, Wakefield, WF1 5AW http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/


a budget A PRETTY, 17th century manor house held by the National Trust makes an interesting and charming day out. There’s a lot of quaint and provincial history on show, with rooms showing furniture, textiles and antiques. East Riddlesden Hall was remodelled in 1642 by James Murgatroyd, a local cloth merchant, when the estate produced milk, cheese and bread to supply the household and its workers. If you’re bringing kids, there are outdoor play areas, as well as a ‘mud pie kitchen’ for aspiring chefs and a bird hide for budding twitchers. The grounds are well kept, with attractive gardens and a newly opened riverside walk where visitors can take a gentle, relaxing stroll – providing the weather is fine. Adult entry is £5.90 including a GiftAid donation, but this gives you access to the entire property including house, garden and grounds. Child entry is £2.90, and a family ticket can be had for £12.90.

East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley

£5.90 (Adult) £2.90 (Child) £12.90 (Family), 10.30am-4.30pm (closed Thursday & Friday), 01535 607075

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Salts Mill, Saltaire

Tom Swain

Saltaire, BD18 3LA http://www.saltsmill.org.uk/

© National Trust Images

Bradford Road, Keighley, BD20 5EL http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall/

TITUS Salt’s utopia-in-miniature is still a marvel of heritage 150 years on, and his mill is a great venue for a well rounded day out. Salts Mill is an imposing spectacle from the outside, and a wonder of versatility on the inside. Its cavernous floors are filled with books, homewares and art as well as a couple of good eateries. As David Hockney’s adopted artistic home, Salts Mill always has displays of his intriguing work, though check the availability through the week as the gallery floors are sometimes closed. The top-floor exhibition is currently showing Hockney’s 25 trees and other pictures, featuring a striking stack of three 27 footlong pictures, alongside other paintings and projections. There is also a gallery of detailed Saltaire history, and two more galleries displaying art. Entrance is free, the café and diner have something for all appetites, and there are shops too – though these are a little pricey. Venture beyond the mill to Saltaire itself and you’ll discover a charming place protected by UNESCO World Heritage status. A host of shops and cafes are faithful to the spirit of Titus Salt’s purpose-built industrial town.

Free, 10am - 5.30pm (6pm at weekends), 01274 531163 YV Budget Rating

£££££

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Treasure

Your charity shop needs you!

It seems there's always something stopping people from buying - whether it's the economic downturn forcing people to think twice about spending, or the cold snap putting them off purchasing the lastest spring and summer fashions. But with the high street seemingly always suffering, what does this mean for our charity shops? Andie Craig, 49, has been assistant manager of Age UK Horsforth for five years and she told us: "With the recession, people do tend to hang on to things rather than giving them away.” That has meant the charity has making more of an effort to get donations in. “We go out to local business and give them bags and say ‘look please put these in your staffroom to get more donations through the door.’” When they get a delivery of donations the team of volunteers sort out what can be sold. “If it is too dirty, torn or ripped it will get ragged and we’ll get money for the rags which then get recycled. We always need more volunteers as well, that’s really important.”

To volunteer call 0800 169 8787 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

Delving into the rails of charity shop ca might just find that special something,

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hese days, we’re mad for a unique fashion bargain. Upcycling, modifying, making-do-andmending – we’ll shell out a fortune for second hand clobber so long as the label reads ‘vin-

tage’. But what of the original thrift-lover’s haven? The good old charity shop. It might not have quite the same glamorous feel or trendy retro customisations, but the clothes on sale are the same – unique, preloved items looking for a new wardrobe.

“You feel like you’ve won something”

Laura Marconi-Cox, 29, has been a charity shop devotee since she was little and wouldn’t have it any other way. “When I was a kid it was out of necessity, but now it’s a hobby. It’s like treasure shopping,” she said. For Laura and her partner Colin, it is a key part of their lifestyle. Their living room is decorated with quirky objects and furnishings from their charity shop hunting and they very rarely admit defeat and buy new, stockpiling things that they know they’ll need in future. Even the colour-changing Gromit face mug my tea comes in is a charity shop original. “The handle broke off the first one and we just had to get another.” But it’s not just down to lifestyle. It’s no secret that

successful shopping comes with a buzz, and that extra bit of care and time spent rummaging only adds to that. “When there’s something you’ve really set your heart on finding, something specific and personal to you, there’s a real thrill when you come across it,” Laura tells me. “I was looking for a particular CD, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on audiobook, it was just something I really wanted. When I saw it there I couldn’t believe it.You feel like you’ve won something.” There’s a sense of pride attached to these bargain discoveries. Laura and Colin fondly point out several things they’ve snapped up – a CD rack for a pound, good-as-new walking boots for £6 – and it’s striking that they remember so much detail about their purchases. “When you buy something from a charity shop you remember it because you’re so pleased to have found it,” Laura explains. “It does make it harder to let things go, though.” And when they go, of course, it’s back to the shop to find their next owner. But even a die-hard charity shopper like Laura admits to having sold some of her old things rather than donating them. These are tough times, and despite more and more people relying on charity shops, more and more people are taking advantage of websites like Ebay to profit from their unwanted goods. And the charity shop prices are slowly creeping up to remain profitable. “I just walk past Oxfam these days,” she says. “I’ve seen dresses in there for about £16. It’s the

Seek out the latest trends...

Perfect for a night out this skirt is a bargain and will also look stunning during the day, another brilliant find.. Skirt: Topshop Size 10 Price £3.99 Shoes: Dune Size 7 Price £6.99

Top: Reporter’s own

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If you don’t fancy taking your most expensive clothes to the festivals this summer have a look around your local charity shops - this outfit only cost £15! Dress: H&M Size 10 Price £6.75 Cardigan: Primark Size 10 Price £3.95

Wellies: Clarks Size 6 Price £5

This stylish dress is great for work. With shoes to match, cobalt blue is still very on trend this season.

Dress: George at ASDA Size 12 Price £4.49

Shoes:Fiore Collection Size 6 Price: £4.49

All clothes from Age UK, Cancer Research, and St. Gemma’s shops, Town Street, Horsforth


Shopping

an seem daunting at first but take the time and you says Kate Russell

Top tips for shopping trips

Laura: Hung up on charity shops

‘trendier’ shop. Individual, independent ones are the best – they’re more like junk shops so you can have a good rummage. “Lots more people need to budget these days the way the economy is. It’d be awful if you were priced out of a charity shop.” But apart from the bargain hunting, one of the best bits of charity shopping comes from the story behind the clothes. Each item has a previous owner, a history. And a browse through a charity shop can be a glimpse into other people’s lives – irresistible for the nosy and curious amongst us. “It’s interesting to see what people collect and then get rid of. Like those Piggin’ figures, the charity shops were full of them about a year ago. Someone spent so much time collecting them, dusting them, displaying them, and now they’re sitting in a charity shop. It’s a bit of social history.” And you’ll not find that at Topshop.

“It’s a bit of social history”

•Be patient. Not every trip will turn up gems •Shop around. Different shops in different areas can be better for different things •Expect to pay a little more for quality, newness, and brand •Quality over quantity! •Keep an open mind. Try out new styles and brands you wouldn’t normally consider •Get stuck in! You never know what a good rummage will turn up •Ask for help. The volunteers might even be able to find you something extra special they have in the store room.

And don’t forget - they’re not just for clothes check out these other great finds from our local charity shops E-vase-ive action

Toby Jug Price: £25 Found in Cancer Research Horsforth

Vase Price: £1.49 Bowl Price: 99p Found in Age UK Horsforth

He’s no mug

Teapot Price: £10.99 Found in Oxfam Yeadon Teapotty

Not made in China

Various Chinese inspired pieces of crockery Priced from 99p to £4.99 Found in Cancer Research Horsforth Page 7


Queen of the Ring

With one of the biggest weeks in wrestling drawing to a close in the US, one Leeds-based wrestler urges Yorkshire to give it a chance. Priscilla speaks to Jon Cronshaw

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RISCILLA Queen of the Ring is the alter-ego of classics undergraduate Ollie Burns, 25. He is well-mannered and intelligent, but when he hits the ring he transforms into a devious drag queen – dressed in a leotard and blowing kisses to a hostile crowd. Ollie said: “I wear women’s clothes, that’s the long and short of it – I feel comfortable wearing lipstick. I love that moment when you step through the curtains, and the room looks around and it all goes silent. Either everyone cheers and starts laughing, or everyone boos.” Priscilla is a bad guy, known as a “heel.” His job is to get the crowd to boo and jeer, and make the good guy, known as the “babyface”, look good. Ollie said: “I take quite an aggressive stance with the audience – I figured it was easier to be disliked than liked when you’re a man wearing a dress.” Originally from Portsmouth, Ollie has wrestled throughout England for over a decade, now training young hopefuls at the KGW wrestling school in Knottingley, West Yorkshire. He started wrestling as a 13 year old and soon became a regular on the local circuit. He said: “I started off as a serious wrestler, and wrestled for six years working on my craft. I then decided to get a gimmick, and that’s how Priscilla developed. Even though I prance around in a dress or leotard, I still know that my wrestling’s pretty good.”

Priscilla stands out amongst the other wrestlers.

Wrestling is often dismissed by critics for being a fake sport, but for Ollie it’s a form of entertainment. He explained: “I see wrestling as a sport with a pantomime twist. People aren’t stupid - I don’t think you can promote it as a real sport anymore. If we patronise people, we’re only going to do ourselves damage.”

Looking good: Ollie Burns as Priscilla Queen of the Ring

“Excuse me mate, you’ve popped out”

Most people will probably be familiar with names like Big Daddy, Hulk Hogan and The Rock, and Ollie believes that this is why local wrestling companies can find it difficult to draw large crowds. He explained: “We need some guys who can define British wrestling to a wide audience. When WWE come over from America they sell out huge arenas, but at some of the local shows it can be hard to get 20-30 people in to watch – we just don’t have the star power.” Wrestlers in the ring expect a fight. But Ollie wasn’t banking on being attacked by a riotous crowd: “I had a match in Leeds at the end of last year. We were

in a room full of rugby players who weren’t happy that I was there and some kids who didn’t understand what was going on. The kids had bought a load of inflatable hammers, and when I went out of the ring they set on me. There were fists and feet flying at me – I never knew that an inflatable hammer could be so painful! I was knocked on the back of my head, which made me woozy. It was a genuinely scary moment.” Ollie really dropped the ball during a wrestling show in Cookridge, when an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction was seen by everybody except him. Ollie said: “I didn’t realise for quite a large part of the match what had happened, until I was ringside, walking along eye level with all the kids in the audience, and a barman goes ‘excuse me mate, you’ve popped out’ – so I think that was the day my career ended!” The social clubs and sports halls of Yorkshire might be a far cry from the sell out crowds of WWE’s WrestleMania, but even at a local level there’s something for everyone. Ollie said: “There’s wrestling going on in Yorkshire all the time, you just have to look for it. For kids there’s acrobatics, showmanship and excitement, and for adults there’s always a bar, so you can get drunk and have a laugh, and poke fun at the drag queen.” Priscilla Queen of the Ring can be found on Facebook and wrestles regularly for Yorkshire based promotions KGW, GBW, BWA and K&S Wrestling. Page 8


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