Putting the swing into contemporary art


Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf is a fully playable crazy golf course, with ten golf holes each designed and made by some of the leading voices of the contemporary art world.

Each artist differs greatly in style, medium, influence and background, resulting in a series of very different artworks which all share the same concept – the ‘Leisure Principal’.

The ‘Leisure Principle’ is the curatorial theme that has inspired the content of the installation. It refers to the idea of tourism and trade as a metaphor to explore current global economic debates through one of the key values of leisure – consumption, and how it shapes our identity.

Beyond the sculptural brilliance of the works, interacting with the pieces themselves through playing a round of crazy golf invites visitors to engage with important cultural topics including migration, global warming and globalisation.

More widely, the artworks ask us to explore the histories and relationships - both real and imagined - between work, leisure, colonialism, tourism, information and economics.

While golf is a recognised sport, normally associated with the wealthy elite, crazy golf is often considered a working-class activity played purely for fun – again widening the debate surrounding consumerism and leisure across different socio-economic levels.

Alongside our more traditional collections, York Art Gallery endeavours to bring a variety of artworks to the gallery including contemporary pieces by cutting-edge artists. Leisure Land Golf would be a bold and brilliant addition, taking pride of place in the new Artists Garden to the rear of the Gallery.

Created during the Gallery's recent refurbishment, the Artists Garden is a free public space used to display a changing series of art installations, offering a place of reflection and inspiration in the heart of York's city centre.

To have the chance to see and even play this fantastic piece of art, please help us bring Leisure Land Golf to our Artists Garden this summer.

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