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Artist Hester Reeve transforms YSP into ancient Greek university for special one-day event
Hester Reeve, YMEDACA, 2014. L–R Joe Moore, Hand Tool Users United; Hester Reeve, artist; Russell Hall, The Magick Lounge Club.
WAKEFIELD.- Artist Hester Reeve transforms Yorkshire Sculpture Park into an Ancient Greek university for a special one-day pop-up academy, YMEDACA, on 30 August 2014.

For YMEDACA, Reeve has collaborated with ‘Guardians’ selected from seven local groups to devise a series of free events running from dawn till dusk, known as ‘liberalational manoeuvres’ and inspired by the very first university established by Plato in 5th century BC Greece.

On the day, join the West Yorkshire Astronomical Society on a walking-talking-thinking tour of YSP to discover the exact position of the planets in the heavens above; witness the scythe cutting of YSP’s Lower Lake reeds by Hand Tool Users United; and visit YSP’s Greek Temple to experience the mysterious and wondrous with The Magick Lounge Club.

Visitors can also navigate the Park to encounter practices and performances by the Cantabile Choral Group, The Royal British Legion, West Yorkshire Pagan Meet Up and Yorkshire Sun Society.

YMEDACA comes to a climax with a Sacrifice to Athena, at 7pm, where visitors will witness just how far the artist is prepared to go in her pursuit and devotion to wisdom and the good.

The YMEDACA academy is the culmination of a two-year residency at the Park, presented alongside two current displays by the artist – Temple of the Muses in the National Arts Education Archive (NAEA) and The Game Plan in YSP Centre’s Upper Space can be seen at YSP until 7 September 2014.

Reeve’s practice encompasses live art, philosophy, drawing and photography. In her work, art is not viewed as a straightforward tool of communication, more as a complex kingdom that is continually attempting to establish itself through human thought and action. The artist has shown live works both nationally and internationally over the last 15 years and lectures in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.

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