Nicola Tassie is stood in front of a ceramic stone wall  whilst Gavin Turk and Rebecca Scott listen to her speak.
Both: Lee Holden, Universal Bridge installation at Cross Lane Projects 2024. Photography by Mark Woods. All images copyright Cross Lane Projects.




2 – 4pm, Saturday 27 April 2024

Join us as Lee Holden, Mark Tanner Sculpture Award winner (2022/23) discusses his exhibition Universal Bridge with art critic Peter Suchin.

This exhibition titled ‘Universal Bridge’ is a site-specific installation focusing upon the “mindset”, technology, and infrastructure of governance, as well as the potential consequences of resistance to enforced technological change. The piece sets up a complex dialogue between, on the one hand, authority, progress, and control and, on the other, sabotage, disruption, and critique.

Using a vast array of found, collected, and reconfigured materials alongside specifically sourced instruments and tools, Lee Holden transforms Cross Lane Projects so as to suggest a military or government research station devoted to clandestine activities of dubious intent. Something very disturbing happened here: an irreversible accident or transgressive intrusion took place.

This exhibition was developed by artist Lee Holden (b.1972, Accrington, Lancashire, UK), who returns to Kendal after studying Fine Art at Cumbria College of Art & Design,1991-94. Holden is the 20th recipient of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (MTSA).

The talk will finish with a Q&A.


About the artist

Lee Holden studied a MFA at University of Reading, 1997-99, and BA (Hons) Fine Art at Cumbria College of Art & Design,1991-94. Holden has exhibited widely at both national and international venues. Selected solo exhibitions include: Universal Bridge, Standpoint Gallery, 2023; Insnar’d with Flowers, I Fall on Grass, Angus Hughes Gallery, 2014; Fourth Estate, SHIFT Gallery, 2011; HOAX! Magazin 4 – Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria, 2008. Selected group exhibitions include: Poor Things: Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 2023; Auto-Destruct, Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, 2019; Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, 2018; The Future Can Wait 2013; B1 Victoria House, London, 2013; Dumbwaiter, Dumbwaiter: James Taylor Gallery, 2019; Merz=, Magazin4, Bregenz, Austria, 2006; EAST International 2005: Selector Gustav Metzger, EAST International 05, Norwich Gallery, 2005.

About Cross Lane Projects

Rebecca Scott and Mark Woods established Cross Lane Projects in 2018 with the aim of bringing new contemporary art and debate to Cumbria, presenting a curated programme featuring the work of local, international and British artists with a regularly changing programme of three exhibitions of contemporary art each year, accompanied by public talks and events. Cross Lane Projects is situated in a former Kendal Mint Cake factory in Kirkland, Kendal.