Meet the Artists

27/02/2017

Not only is Leisure Land Golf a fun and family-friendly crazy golf course, it also represents the work of some of the world's most exciting contemporary artists.

If our Art Happens campaign is successful, we'll be able to introduce visitors to seven sculptural creations each designed by a different artist.

1. Doug Fishbone
The idea of Leisure Land Golf came from artist, filmmaker and performer Doug Fishbone. Hailing from America and now living in London, Fishbone’s love of stand-up comedy is reflected in his work. His golf hole features the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship which sank off the coast of Tuscany in 2012, serving as an icon of the negative concepts surrounding the leisure and tourism industry.

2. John Akomfrah OBE
Born in Ghana, artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah now lives and works in London creating pieces concerned with themes of memory, post-colonialism and African diaspora. This year Akomfrah was awarded the Artes Mundi, the UK’s biggest prize for international contemporary art.

3. Ellie Harrison
An artist and activist from Glasgow, Harrison's golf hole features an outline of the UK evoking the maps used in weather reports. Her piece raises questions about global temperature changes and how these could affect UK residents and the rest of the world.

4. Yinka Shonibare MBE
British-Nigerian artist Shonibare’s work looks at the complexity of contemporary African identity and power relations between the West and Africa. His golf hole features a mushroom-cloud of footballs with the pitch becoming a site of economic struggle.

5. Hetain Patel
The squatting figure of London-based artist Patel’s golf hole shows a posture characteristic of the working and lower classes in India. His artwork is concerned with displaced identities, often using autobiographical references.

6. Eyal and Ines Weizman
Renowned architects and intellectuals Eyal and Ines Weizman have used a Russian city as inspiration for their golf hole. It features the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg – a mathematical puzzle with the aim to return to the start by playing the ball across each bridge only once.

7. Reactor
This UK art collective features core members Bruce Asbestos, Phillip Henderson and Niki Russell along with a number of additional contributors. Their golf hole plays on traditional crazy golf themes, turning everyday objects into hazards for players.

To have the chance to see artwork by each of these artists this summer in York please donate to our Art Happens campaign.

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