A unique celebration of music and nightlife is about to happen in Leeds for the very first time when artist Sarah Thornton exhibits a collection of paintings and prints at the genre hopping night STITCH: presented by DJ Sy Legg.
“Boogie Nights” (The Disco Ball Collection) goes on display at The Doghouse in Leeds this Saturday March 30th. It’s the first time the collection of artworks, which celebrate the mirror ball, has been displayed in its entirety.
STITCH: is a night dedicated to all kinds of underground dance music, which aims to join the dots between different musical genres: blending an energetic mix of soul, funk, disco, jazz, Latin, house, hip hop and beats. It’s being started by Sy Legg as a reaction to many of the more linear and single genre nights that have developed over recent years and is an extension of the programming on his STITCH: radio show on KMAH radio.
Sarah was a member of the infamous art collective “the Leeds 13” who mark their 20th anniversary this year. They rose to fame after tricking the world’s media into believing they had headed off to party in Malaga claiming it was “art”. The stunt was revealed to be an elaborate hoax live on Radio 4 and was a genuine art project playing with and provoking the questions “what is art”.
DJ and STITCH: promoter Sy Legg said: “I wanted to set myself apart from the usual club nights by combining, art, food and dance music. I’d seen Sarah’s work online and when the chance came up to collaborate I jumped at it.
“The disco ball is such an iconic, powerful and joyous symbol to anyone who has spent a night dancing underneath one. I want the music and art experienced on the night to move people emotionally and hopefully the beats will get them moving physically too.”
Artist Sarah Thornton said: “I’ve loved the glinting, jewel lights that bounce around the dance floor for as long as I can remember, spending many nights and days dancing underneath them.
“The rush of collective joy that music gives, the atmosphere, created when people get together, DJ’s conducting the mood, those people that become your night family brought together by the shared need to release. The feelings and emotions this enables are the things drive me to keep on and inspire my Disco Ball work. So, the chance to have an exhibition linked so closely to a musical journey was too good to pass up.”
STITCH: is a free night at Doghouse, 83 Kirkgate, Leeds from 7pm – 12 midnight, Saturday 30th March.
Sarah’s exhibition will be displayed until April 6th.