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C.U.P at L.P.G: ‘Who Owns Chapeltown?’ | 5:15 PM, 11.10.11, University of Leeds

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Leeds Psychogeography Group
The Chapeltown Union of Psychogeographers
Tues October 11th 5.15pm

‘Who Owns Chapeltown?’

Tues October 11th, 5.15pm, University of Leeds

‘Who Owns Chapeltown?’ was originally a presentation entitled ‘Neither ‘Art’ Nor ‘Psychogeography’: The Impossibility of The Chapeltown Union of Psychogeographers (C.U.P)’ planned to be given to the Leeds Psychogeography Group on 22 March 2011 but which was cancelled in support of UCU industrial action at the time. This rescheduled presentation will still introduce, discuss and evaluate C.U.P’s work in Chapeltown, Leeds in June 2011 as part of East Street Arts’ programme of ‘new genre public art’ entitled ‘Under The Paving Stones, The Beach’. The project produced ‘The Saucer’: a newspaper publication hand-delivered to households throughout Chapeltown, a major billboard intervention on Chapeltown Road, a permanent plaque at East Street Arts’ Union 105 creative space and the website: www.experiencechapeltown.com
Core members of C.U.P taking part in this project included artists Pamela Bassington, Robert Harrington, Roddy Hunter, Millie Marten and Elizabeth Murphy. ‘Who Owns Chapeltown?’ will probably still conclude that neither ‘art’ nor ‘psychogeography’ are particularly useful terms in practice and probably ought to be circumvented in future.


Venue: Baines Wing Miall Lecture Theatre 2.34, University of Leeds
Campus map of buildings: click on this link, then launch the interactive campus map, and choose Baines Wing from the list on the right.
From the main entrance, go straight on past the front desk, then through the doors on the left. Follow the corridor round to the right and then to the left. At the end of the corridor on your right take the lift to the second floor (West) or go up 5 short flights of stairs. The Miall Lecture Theatre (2.34) is straight opposite the lift. Please note: all talks this semester will now be in this room.

Tommy and family

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This is Tommy with members of his family kindly agreeing to pose for a photograph with ‘The Saucer’. Tommy became something of an inspiration during the project. He lives near the Jyoti hoardings and was, like many other people we spoke too, broadly of the opinion that our project had made a good contribution to Chapeltown. He was also, like the rest of us, quite amazed at the speed at which our good friends Ganghut got the panels up! He also volunteered to deliver newspapers for us. We really appreciated Tommy’s kind-hearted enthusiasm for the project and are very happy to have this photograph as a souvenir of our meeting. Good luck to all of them.

Nostalgia: the arrival of ‘The Saucer’: 15 June 2011, East Street Arts

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One thing that happens when beginning to reflect and evaluate on a project (particularly one as ambitious as ours) is that large gaps become evident in terms of what has been done and what has been said, so to speak. Because of the proliferation of social media used in the run-up to #utps, there seemed little point in duplicating images available elsewhere. This has meant, however, that the project archive here does not actually contain an image of the auspicious moment on 15 June 2011 when ‘The Saucer’ arrived at East Street Arts‘ (ESA) Patrick Studios! ‘The Saucer’ is a massive achievement: collaboratively produced by BA Fine Arts students at York St John University with work also by commissioned artists in #utps: Ganghut, Invisible Flock, Our Ideas Are Everywhere, Benedict Phillips, Sarah Spanton. Huge thanks too have to go to East Street Arts for agreeing a larger print run so we could deliver to as many houses in Chapeltown as possible and ESA volunteers (notably artist collective Woolgather) for their sterling help in pounding the streets and driveways to deliver the news. And here again … that ‘Guardian’ article in full!

‘The Saucer’ in ‘The Guardian’!

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We’ve hardly caught breath since the hectic week of Under The Paving Stones, The Beach and we know we have a lot of material and experiences to evaluate and post here on the site. We have been getting amazing feedback on the project, however, and are rather stunned today to see ‘The Guardian’ has featured ‘The Saucer’ in ‘The Northerner Blog’. Particularly pleasing is their feature of York St John University Fine Arts student Thomas Skinn’s work ‘The Evaluation of the Diminished”! Read all about it here.

Is Zanab Hassim out there?

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Dear Zanab Hassim, if you are reading this then please get in touch. We received your request to join C.U.P but believe you may have given us the wrong email address – please get back in touch. We’d love you to join!


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The C.U.P team, setting out on their maiden voyage.

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The C.U.P team, setting out on their maiden voyage.


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Finally after months of planning, the C.U.P team met to attach the posters to the Jyoti hoardings. We were joined by the good people of Ganghut, who managed to show us a thing or two, and attach all 32 panals in record time!

Preparing the Posterboards

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The C.U.P team hard at work, preparing the 4 foot x 8 foot posters in time for Thursdays building operation. The posters are pasted one by one onto MDF boards, before being screwed to the front of the Jyoti hoardings on Thursday morning.

Other breaking news… The OFFICIAL stamp of the Chapeltown Union of Psychogeographers has arrived!!! Is it there one on your copy of The Saucer?

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