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 is a British artist working in performance, installation, 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 Britain; Royal Court Theatre; Queen 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)
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, sculptor, jazz 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.