Friday, 18 April 2008


Two highlights of the trip to Leeds were an old favourite and a new find. The new ‘find’, pointed out by Chris, was at the back of the MA Fine Art Studio Block - the gravestone of Pablo Fanque. Pablo Fanque became Britain’s first black circus owner. He was born William Darby in Norwich in 1796 but his notoriety was cemented by being mentioned on the Beatles track Being for the benefit of Mr Kite. Leeds appears to be a vibrant town but outside the Henry Moor institute there is a moment of stillness with one of Joseph Beuys 7000 oaks. I have been watching this tree grow on my numerous visits to Leeds and like to contemplate Beuys life and practice.