Artists whose work is shown here have all been associated with the Fine Art Department of Leeds Polytechnic (Now Leeds Metropolitan University). Many evolved their work from an initial grouping, The Soft Soap Company, formed at the department in 1974. 
Rose English: Performance: Pegasus, 1975
Rose English: Performance: Pegasus, 1975
Rose English is a British artist working in performanceinstallation, theatre, dance and film. She has been writing, directing and performing her own work for over thirty five years in venues as various as Tate BritainRoyal Court TheatreQueen Elizabeth Hall; the Adelaide Festival; and Lincoln Center, New York. Her productions feature a diversity of co-performers including musicians, dancers, circus performers, magicians and horses. (Wikipedia)
Rose English: Performance: Pegasus, 1975
Rose English: Performance: Pegasus, 1975
Rose English: Performance: Pegasus, 1975
Rose English: Performance: Pegasus, 1975
Ddart: Bath Festival
Ddart: Bath Festival
Ddart: Performance, Bradford
Ddart: Performance, Bradford
Ddart: Performance: Ddart Sweat It Out
Ddart: Performance: Ddart Sweat It Out
Geraldine Pilgrim: Performance: 1975
Geraldine Pilgrim: Performance: 1975
Hestitate & Demonstrate: Oval House, London: John Darling and Geraldine Pilgrim
Hestitate & Demonstrate: Oval House, London: John Darling and Geraldine Pilgrim
Ddart: Performance:  Fford Halibut, 1974
Ddart: Performance: Fford Halibut, 1974
Ddart: Performance: Circular Walk, 1976
Ddart: Performance: Circular Walk, 1976
Ddart: Performance: Cube Move 1984
Ddart: Performance: Cube Move 1984
Ddart: Performance: In The Garden
Ddart: Performance: In The Garden
Soft Soap: Performance, 1973
Soft Soap: Performance, 1973
Forkbeard Fantasy, feat. Lol Coxhill: Performance, Brighton Festival 1977
Forkbeard Fantasy, feat. Lol Coxhill: Performance, Brighton Festival 1977
Hesitate & Demonstrate, Performance, ICA, London
Hesitate & Demonstrate, Performance, ICA, London
Hestitate & Demonstrate, Performance: Brighton Festival 1977
Hestitate & Demonstrate, Performance: Brighton Festival 1977
Jeff Nuttall, Performance, Ilkley, 1976
Jeff Nuttall, Performance, Ilkley, 1976
Soft Soap: Performance, 1974
Soft Soap: Performance, 1974
Soft Soap: Performance, 1974
Soft Soap: Performance, 1974
Hesitate & Demonstrate, Performance,  London
Hesitate & Demonstrate, Performance, London
Formed in 1974,  Ddart was best known for their 1976 Circular Walk,  in which a pole was worn on the artists' heads whilst they walked a large circle in East Anglia. It achieved notoriety in the tabloid press following the award of an Arts Council Grant to fund the week-long project. Ddart was Dennis De Groot, Raymond Richard, Tony Emerton and David Lewis.
Hestitate and Demonstrate was Geraldine Pilgrim and Janet Goddard. Geraldine Pilgrim is a director and installation artist working in theatre and the visual arts. She is known for her evocative installations and site-specific performances that create a contemporary dialogue with occupied and deserted historic houses, buildings and landscapes. She is Artistic Director of Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company.
Soft Soap was a large performance group formed in 1974 at Leeds Polytechnic Fine Art Department.
Jeff Nuttall (1933 – 2004) was an English poet, publisher, actor, painter, sculptorjazz trumpeter, anarchist and social commentator who was a key part of the British 1960s counter-culture. He was the brother of literary critic A. D. Nuttall. In 1966, he was one of the founders of the People Show, an early and long-lasting performance art group and was involved in the founding of the UK underground newspaper International Times.
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