c. Sharon Hall Shipp

Group Gathering artist Sharon Hall Shipp is one of 80 artists from across England to be commissioned by art organisation, Woolgather, to make a limited edition artwork for it's Vend project. The challenge of this commission has been to make work in quantity and of a suitable size to fit into a small plastic ball. These small pieces of art will be available to buy via vending machines this month for the princely sum of £1!
"Woolgather have commissioned new works from artists across the UK and are using vending machines to provide a platform for their practice whilst also developing an audience and consumer for the works. Art Vend offers people an art experience amongst everyday life, by placing the machines in public venues such as shopping centres, bars, cafes and at public events, the hope is to maximise the chance of reaching people who may not usually engage with the arts. Ultimately the aim is that the product received will provide a more satisfactory or challenging reward than the standard interaction with a vending machine whilst offering an open door to a contemporary art scene."
Sharon Hall Shipp " I made 150 unique tiles, each numbered using sections of maps and on the reverse a piece of random book text with a word selected. All together in sequence the words make up a story about Tom (one of the books was Tom Sawyer) and Zuma (another book was Montezuma's Daughter). Each tile is presented in a handmade momigami paper envelope."

If you'd like to see the work created by Sharon and her project contemporaries it will be displayed together for a short period from Saturday 6th December. Thereafter you will find them in the Woolgather vending machines across Leeds.
Venue: 15-17 Duncan Street, Leeds, LS1 6DQ (opposite Corn Exchange)
6th-21st December 2014 12pm-6pm
Photo: Jess Rowbottom