Yan Tan Tether is a series of public exhibitions and events programmed by Dave Charlesworth and KitMapper exploring how we experience and interact with the various landscapes around us; from the historic, to the geological, economic to the digital.
The title refers to the first three numbers of the traditional sheep-counting system used by shepherds on the moors, a practice which persisted long after the introduction of modern numerals and into the era of industrialisation. On counting to jigget (twenty) the shepherd would pick up a stone—representing the twenty sheep—and begin the count again.
The programme is broken down into three parts, Yan: Atropelos, Tan: Theory of Concentric Spheres and Tether: Heavy Paragon and features a range of artists from Huddersfield and afar, working across a variety of disciplines, brought together in a dialogue with the surrounding town, landscape and people.
Due to the success of the initial programme and after discussions with local council and business, a fourth public screening programme was introduced, Mether: Methervision. The moving image works, by a range of local and international artists, were screened on two projection screens installed in Huddersfield’s Piazza Shopping Centre between November 2019 and January 2020.
Yan Tan Tether
46 John William Street
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