Charmaine Watkiss: The Wisdom Tree at Leeds Art Gallery

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor
Matriarch, 2021 by Charmaine Watkiss, pencil drawing of two Black women wearing colourful tops
via Leeds Inspired. Image: Charmaine Watkiss, The Matriarch, 2021 (detail). © The Artist

Charmaine Watkiss: The Wisdom Tree at Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds 27 May — 4 September 2022 Entrance is free — Visit now

London-based artist Charmaine Watkiss celebrates the resilience and wisdom of Caribbean women across generations in her show The Wisdom Tree at Leeds Art Gallery. The display is part of the Jamaica Society Leeds’ Out of Many Festival which marks 60 years of Jamaican Independence.

Watkiss’ oeuvre consists of very skilfully done, delicate, large-scale drawings in pencil, but also in watercolour, wax, ink and crayons, where close attention is paid to the pattern and minimalist compositions of the pieces. The Wisdom Tree is her first institutional solo show.

The artist herself says of her practice as creating “stories primarily through research connected to the African Caribbean diaspora” and then realising them through life-sized figures. Her interest in rituals, herbalism, alchemy and memory in all its forms and imperfections informs the work, and as well as the larger scale pieces, the exhibition also includes Watkiss’ notebooks and more private artworks, providing a glimpse into her process.

Charmaine Watkiss: The Wisdom Tree at Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds 27 May — 4 September 2022 Entrance is free Visit now

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
27 May 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
28 May 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
29 May 2022
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31 May 2022
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1 June 2022
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2 June 2022
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3 June 2022
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4 June 2022
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5 June 2022
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7 June 2022
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8 June 2022
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9 June 2022
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10 June 2022
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11 June 2022
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12 June 2022
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14 June 2022
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15 June 2022
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16 June 2022
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17 June 2022
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18 June 2022
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19 June 2022
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21 June 2022
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22 June 2022
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23 June 2022
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24 June 2022
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25 June 2022
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26 June 2022
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28 June 2022
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29 June 2022
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30 June 2022
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1 July 2022
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2 July 2022
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3 July 2022
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5 July 2022
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6 July 2022
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7 July 2022
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8 July 2022
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9 July 2022
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10 July 2022
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12 July 2022
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13 July 2022
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14 July 2022
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15 July 2022
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16 July 2022
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17 July 2022
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19 July 2022
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20 July 2022
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21 July 2022
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22 July 2022
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23 July 2022
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24 July 2022
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26 July 2022
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27 July 2022
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28 July 2022
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29 July 2022
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30 July 2022
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31 July 2022
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2 August 2022
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3 August 2022
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4 August 2022
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5 August 2022
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6 August 2022
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7 August 2022
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9 August 2022
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10 August 2022
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11 August 2022
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12 August 2022
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13 August 2022
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14 August 2022
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16 August 2022
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17 August 2022
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18 August 2022
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19 August 2022
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20 August 2022
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21 August 2022
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23 August 2022
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24 August 2022
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25 August 2022
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26 August 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
27 August 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
28 August 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
30 August 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
31 August 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
1 September 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
2 September 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
3 September 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm
4 September 2022
11:00am — 3:00pm

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