Opera set to take centre stage in Leeds Art Gallery

Caption: Drawing for Opera Work ‘The Changing Room’, collage and gouache on paper (detail), courtesy the artist and Bernard Jacobson Gallery.

A new opera starring celebrated sculptor Bruce McLean is set to light up Leeds Art Gallery next month.

For just one night only in the dramatic setting of the Tiled Hall at Leeds Art Gallery, artist Bruce McLean will be joined by co-producers Sam Belinfante and Lawrence Preece in a special performance of their new chamber opera ‘The Changing Room’ on Thursday 8 May.

Held as part of the ‘Bruce McLean: Another condition of Sculpture’ exhibition currently being showcased at the art gallery, two performances of the one hour show will be held at 7pm and 9pm.

With limited capacity, anyone interested in attending is asked to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the show priced at £12 or £8 for concession can be purchased at the Gallery Shop or reserved by Tel: (0113) 395 7116.

For more details regarding ‘The Changing Rooms’ and the Bruce McLean exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery featuring paintings, drawings, ceramics, film and photography, please see www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

"The famous Tiled Hall at Leeds Art Gallery is a fantastic place to watch live performances, and we cannot wait for a new opera by renowned sculptor Bruce McLean to take centre stage for just one night only on May 8.

"This show sits aside a range of McLean’s work currently being displayed at the Art Gallery which spanning over 50 years is certainly worth visiting.

"Tickets are limited for this unique performance and we would ask people to book their tickets as early as possible to avoid any disappointment."

Notes to editors:

Bruce McLean (born 1944, Glasgow) lives and works in London. He is represented by Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin. Bruce McLean is a sculptor who makes work that draws on a variety of media from live art, film, photography, painting and sculpture, dispensing with categories of definition as it moves across media, carried by an interdisciplinary, riotous imagination.

The exhibition and new live performance is supported by The Elephant Trust, The Henry Moore Foundation and Arts Council England.

Leeds Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Another Condition of Sculpture [14 February – 11 May 2014] has been curated in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery and firstsite, Colchester.

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