Shearing, the award-winning artist and creator of “The Weather Café”, is interested in how audiences and communities engage physically and conceptually with design and installation art, creating art and performance installations using sound, video and participatory elements.
As an artist who creates immersive, multimedia environments, his “Christmas With Us” installation creates a festive dining scene in a box space; an installation shaped by the people it contains. It presents us with the diverse stories of those living in and around Leeds, as Heydays members (West Yorkshire Playhouse) host members of the wider community within the installation and its experience.
Some showings will include one-on-one conversations whilst some will be larger scenes. Despite the communal glow, Christmas is an extremely personal time, which can be filled with both joys and difficulties. “Christmas With Us” is a chance to share in some of these more personal experiences.