Lou Hazelwood: Archetypes of Random

26 April - 11 July 2024
Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm / Friday 9am - 4pm
Free to all

An exploration of randomisation and abstraction through analogue photography techniques with sculptures by Sabine Jeanne Bieli

This is BasementArtsProject's second collaboration with Blank_ Gallery based at University Centre Leeds.

This exhibition is Based at Blank_ Gallery, Quarry Hill Campus Leeds City Centre Quarry Hill Campus, Playhouse Square, Leeds, LS2 7BS

‘Archetypes of Random’ explores the nature of randomisation, happenstance and abstraction by working with damaged 35mm film stock whilst using the alchemical processes of darkroom photography. Using long exposure photographs to abstract our understanding of an image, Lou also chemically alters the expected outcomes by using techniques embedded within the hand-processing of film.

Being unable to predict the outcome of the process is central to this work, which lends itself to connections being made between images. Hazelwood finds this an optimistic way of working and enthuses her interest in many analogue alchemical processes which she has explored since the 1980’s.

The circular redactions present in these works can be seen as markers mapping out our readings of the work. They become autopoeitic diagrams that generate their own systems and content whilst avoiding the creation of their own narrative; this begins to explain the title ‘Archetypes of Random’. These diagrams break down our understanding of the photographic image and the processes lead us to explore abstract methods of understanding them.

We have been invited to exhibit the outcome of these experimental works in Blank_ Gallery at Leeds City College

Lou has invited Swiss artist Sabine Jeanne Bieli to exhibit with her. Sabine’s use of an early photographic technique taken into the 3D realm utilising a circular void connects to the ideas explored by Hazelwood: the understanding of photography and moments when light meets matter - luminosity.

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28 Burton Terrace, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5JH
0750 672 1504

Free to all

Opening times

Friday 31st May 10am - 2pm
Saturday 1st June 10am - 2pm
Sunday 2nd June 10am - 2pm
Monday 3rd June 10am - 2pm workshop
Tuesday 4th June 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 5th June 12- 8pm

Monday 10th June 10am - 2pm
Tuesday 11th June 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 12th June 12- 8pm
Thursday 13th June 10am - 2pm workshop
Friday 14th June 10am - 2pm workshop
Saturday 15th June 10am - 2pm
Sunday 16th June 10am - 2pm

Friday 21st June 10am - 2pm workshop
Saturday 22nd June 10am - 2pm workshop
Sunday 23rd June 10am - 2pm
Monday 24th June 10am - 2pm
Tuesday 25th June 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 26th June 12- 8pm workshop
Thursday 27th June 10am - 2pm workshop

Sunday 30th June 10am - 2pm Lunchtime Conversation/DoodleChat (10 tickets only) 12-2pm

Exclusions and safety measures

Appointments can be made 7 days-a-week outside of Opening Hours based on my availability to open. Just contact Bruce on basementartsproject@gmail.com


  • Each exhibition lasts for approximately a month (with periods of closure between for changing exhibitions)
  • Except for the December exhibition which lasts for 3 months and the summer exhibition which lasts for 2 months
  • Average of 7 exhibitions per year (not including stand-alone events such as concerts or charity takeover days or external art fairs and exhibitions that take place outside of BasementArtsProject) This equates to 11 months of exhibitions per year. 
  • There are occasional changes to this routine dependent upon external events that I am involved in but they are usually substituted with other dates and times and advertised well in advance

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