'Showing Up' - Freehold Projects at serf, February 2020
Freehold Projects present our first group show. Formed in April 2019, Freehold operates out of an ex-charity shop in Leeds City Centre. Supported by Axisweb, we have facilitated a range of exhibitions, workshops, crits, talks and screenings in this space.
Taking up the offer of an exhibition at serf, another artist-led space, provides an opportunity to consider how and why we work together as an organising group. By channeling our energy into a new activity, namely a football match, we explore the potentials of a ‘group show’ as well as how we create our sense of identity as Freehold Projects.
This process may also be used to consider self-organisation more widely. As both an exercise in collaboration and procrastination, Showing Up, weighs up the benefits of playing team sports against those of running a public space. Whilst one may feel productive and provides a sense of gratification, the other can be seen as a happy distraction that requires merely showing up. Although we remain unsure which is which, Showing Up provides this space on which to reflect.
(Henry, Jack, Jenny, Josh, Lewis, Meg, Ollie, Sam, Sophie, Sunny, Toby, Wes)
Photos: Sam Hutchinson