Roger Palmer at The Tetley: 22 January – 6 March 2016

The Tetley, Leeds: 22 January – 6 March 2016

Roger Palmer: Winter Garden

In the depths of a northern hemisphere winter, Roger Palmer’s project, Winter Garden, temporarily transforms the Tetley’s 1930s atrium interior with a larger than life-size mural of a tropical palm tree recalling the botanical gardens of the colonial era. Appropriating an illustration from the pages of an early 20th century horticultural book, Palmer’s mixed-media rendering of Acanthophoenix Crinita, a palm native to the Indian Ocean island of Réunion, acts as a cipher to the colonial and post-colonial discourse Palmer’s work has traversed over the past 30 years.

Working as an artist and educator since the 1970s, Palmer has pursued a multi-media approach to image-making, through photography, printmaking, wall-drawing and video. He has also made text works as site-specific signs, billboards, neon sculptures, LED panels, vinyls, temporary paintings and drawings. A comprehensive collection of Palmer’s artist’s books documenting various exhibitions and projects are on display for the first time here at The Tetley.

Based in Glasgow, Palmer has participated in exhibitions and undertaken residencies in different international contexts, including several projects in South Africa. The range of works brought together for Winter Garden offers an insight into his four decades of research and practice, which have contributed to international debates on the representation of place and ideas of location and dislocation, migration and settlement.

A selection of artist’s books by Roger Palmer dating from 1972-2014 will also be on display in the adjacent galleries exhibition documenting a selection of overseas projects. A comprehensive archive of Palmer’s work is available at


New Drawing Club
Saturday 23 January, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Life drawing workshop on the theme of a Winter Wonderland
£38 including materials and refreshments, booking essential.

Roger Palmer: In Conversation
Wednesday 27 January, 6-8pm

Join artist Roger Palmer and art historian Griselda Pollock for a discussion about Winter Garden and Palmer’s wider practice. Free, booking essential through Eventbrite here.

February Half Term Family Art Workshop: Tile Explorations with Mindy Goose
Wednesday 17 February, 11am – 3pm

Create decorative ceramic tiles inspired by Roger Palmer’s Winter Garden. Exploring the palm trees, sunrises and oceans, we’ll use a variety of methods including transfer, weaving and embossing to transform a plain white tile into a beautiful work of art. Drop in anytime.

February Half Term: Make a Winter Garden with Katie Lavin
Friday 19th February, 11am -3pm

Be inspired by Roger Palmer’s work in our current exhibition and create your own Winter Garden scene. Participants can create small illustrative drawings and then enlarge them, working on a greater scale using a range of materials to create a collaborative Winter Garden in our Learning Studio.

Printed Tree Leaves
Saturday 27 February, 11am– 3pm

Create a fun collage print inspired by Roger Palmer’s Winter Garden. Free, drop in.

Curators Tour
Thursday 3 March, 6pm

Join the curators of our current exhibitions. Free.

Join In
Follow the conversation using #WinterGarden

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