a photo of David Sowerby's work, including a surveyors tripod, mdf boards, gauze
David Sowerby, The Dancing Architect, 2021. Courtesy the artist

David Sowerby: Open Studio

  • Wed 6 – Sun 10 Apr
  • 10am–5pm
  • Artist Studio, First Floor, & City Workshop, Second Floor, The Tetley
  • Free, no booking required

David Sowerby opens our Artists’ Studio door and invites us to explore his practice and recent works made during Tetley’s Associate Artists’ Programme.

For a closer look at Sowerby’s larger sculptural works, join us in the City Workshop on the Second Floor.

About the artist

David Sowerby is an Anglo Armenian artist born in Iran, and based in Leeds. He graduated from Coventry University, studying BA Fine Art in 1995 and then an MA in Creative Curating at Goldsmiths College, London in 1998. His current practice is a contextually centred sculptural process that emphasises a sympathetic and responsive mode of making. Sowerby combines the leftovers from paid labour, as well as found objects, to create surrogate bodies. The artist regards this material as containing the physical and notional traces of his experience, and so the works can be read as both relics* and reliquaries*.

Since 2017, Sowerby has exhibited in seven shows, four of which were solo presentations. His solo exhibition, the idles that habit forms (2017) was reviewed for the online northern contemporary art platform, Corridor8, by Professor Derek Horton. In 2019, Sowerby was shortlisted for the Left Bank Leeds Art Prize.

Reliquaries* A reliquary is a shrine that houses one or more religious relics

Relics* may be the purported or actual physical remains of saints, such as bones, pieces of clothing, or some object associated with saints or other religious figures


  • The Artists’ studio is located on the first floor.
  • The City Workshop is located on the second floor.
  • Our lift is located at the rear of our building for access to all floors.
  • Please email bella.probyn@yorkshire-contemporary.local if you have any specific questions about access.

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