ReROOTed / Nourish 17 Commission - get involved!

Mary Duggan's contribution to Yoke's commission

Mary Duggan's contribution to Yoke's commission

Yorkshire Visual Arts Network (YVAN) has commissioned Yoke (an artist collaboration between Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward) to create a new work in response to March's live and media arts festival ReROOTed, which will be presented at YVAN’s Nourish 17 in September.

Yorkshire Visual Arts Network (YVAN) has commissioned artist collaborators Yoke to create a new work in response to March's live and media arts festival ReROOTed, which will be presented at YVAN’s Nourish 17 event in September.

The commissioned artwork will include a banner that portrays the contemporary visual, media and the live art sector. Yoke’s research into the history of trade union banners will feed into the design of the banner with the content, visuals and text taking inspiration from the ReROOTed event. With input from the artists and audience, the banner will act to document themes of pride within the Visual Arts sector and the ideas that unify it.

Yoke saw this commission as the perfect opportunity in turbulent times to celebrate the unity of artists and all that can be possible. Over the ReROOTed festival, they encouraged attendees to think about words and symbols they felt represented the unity of artists, the things that bring us together and all that we should be proud of. They asked them to stitch these into small cross-stitch patches and have since continued this conversation with other artists. All of this will influence the development of a large fabric work titled ‘Ideas That Unify Us’, indicative of a union banner to be presented at Nourish on the 30 September at Humber Street Gallery.

You can view stitch contributions to the project on Instagram under #IdeasThatUnifyUs and upload your own.

If you'd like to get involved and make your own patch, contact Yoke at artistyoke@gmail.com