Tuesday, 3 August 2010


This is James Hirst's submission representing the city of Leeds. A simple folded structure with blank covers opens to reveal sensitive illustrations of some of Leeds' architectural monuments. The drawings are simple yet contain surprising detail, with no written description. When the book is unfolded and opened up we find another drawing, this time of the "heart" of Leeds. This a wonderful revelation at the centre and "heart" of the piece. The image has been created by hand by an artist who understands the place and is at home there, and this is something that really comes across. The hand made nature and simplicity of this book gives it a real warmth that is not lost on the viewer.

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