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Jamie Reid – Ragged Kingdom at Templeworks

Submitted by on June 18, 2012 – 6:12 pm2 Comments

Never Mind the Bollocks cover

Ragged Kingdom is actually the name of Jamie Reid’s current exhibition of decorated tipis, but as well as that you get a forty year retrospective of his work and you’ll recognise loads of it as he did the artwork for the Sex Pistols covers among other things. It’s on at Temple Works, a fitting venue with its own slightly anarchist tendencies, until 14th July and there are lots of events planned along the way too.

I went along to the Launch Party last Thursday and it was a great mix of art, DJs and live music with some fantastic food to boot; the samosa I had was conversation stoppingly delicious. It was also really refreshing to be at an art launch where I didn’t know most of the people there. I don’t know if it was a very different crowd to a lot of Temple Works launches but it was certainly not quite the usual suspects.

people at exhibition

I really enjoyed getting to see Jamie’s work and felt a bit transported back to a time when teenage me and my friends made mix-tape art and fanzines with typewriters, letraset, ripped up stuff and the local library photocopier. It was a really cheap, easy and effective way to produce your own artwork, publicise your band or produce your fanzine; I suppose the internet has taken over as the best way to cheaply disseminate information and I admit it’s more effective and wide reaching, but the creative process is certainly very different since computers and particularly Photoshop took over. There’s something quite wonderful about looking at a piece of art, especially something you’re really familiar with like the Never Mind the Bollocks album cover, and seeing exactly how it’s been made, where and how it’s been torn and stuck together. I think there is currently a movement in art and design towards being able to see the human hand in the creation process, but I think it would be hard to go back to typewriters and photocopiers without being a bit overly self-conscious; it’s a style very much of its time.

looking at painting

So I most enjoyed being transported by the collage based 2D work. There’s an enormous Sex Pistols collage that runs almost the length of one wall, a number of drawings and paintings that combine some beautiful and skilled drawing with typewritten text and collage, also the previously mentioned album cover artwork and some iconic and more recent screenprints. There are also some large painted and printed wallhangings covering a whole wall, I liked these less but imagine they make a great backdrop for the club nights that are taking place during the exhibition.


Some of the Ragged Kingdom tipis occupy another room, where Jamie has also created some custom-made wall collage for the exhibition. It seems an incongruous mixture of punk, hippy and middle class culture to put sex pistols related artworks into tipis and I probably should have made more effort here to think about it; as a result of my neglect your comments are very welcome, if you’ve seen them and have an opinion…

There was also an outside space where a number of artists were making work with spray paint, stencils and collage that will become part of the exhibition. A very brave undertaking in my view as I’m rubbish at making things when I’m being watched! It all looked very impressive by the end of the night.

So, I highly recommend getting down to see the exhibition and there are events too if you feel like partying…

Opening Hours
Wed/Thurs 7-9pm
Fri/Sat/Sun 12-5pm
Closes Sat 14th July. No under 15s unfortunately as Temple Works is partly a building site.

Saturday 23rd June – Ragged Night 2
Up and coming punk influenced bands.
Saturday 30 June - Ragged Night 3
The legendary Back to Basics host a one off party. Limited to 100 so get in touch asap if interested.
Saturday 14 July – Exhibition Closing Party - Who’s George
A fund raising party for St George’s Crypt in memory of Brian Bird.

See Temple Works website for more details.

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  • Thanks Alison! Re question on thetipis. These are part of Jamie’s current work on the Eightfold Year, the seasonal system of festivals and lunar phases that mark points of the calendar. There are eight of them but we could only fit in two! He picked two complete opposites. We had planned to have them all in the 2 acre Main Space but alas the ongoing repairs made that impossible. Although he’s better known as an anarchist and Situationist, Jamie is also a born-and-bred Druid, and he has more recently been exploring the Eightfold Year and very vibrant colour and texture, along with the continuation of his better known art of dissent.

    Just to note that along with the live art and music events we also have a 3 day workshop turning Temple.Works.Leeds into wearable art – The Ragged Line Workshop – and that there are posters and limited edition prints for sale during the exhibition to help defray the cost of mounting the exhibition. After 3 years of planning, Jamie has loaned his work for free for the month and asked us to build a programme around it to benefit – in particular – young DIY artists and performers.

    • Alison McIntyre says:

      Thanks Susan, please feel free to list the workshop dates here and any other info about costs of prints etc.

      Thanks also for the extra information about the tipis. If I get a chance I’ll come down and have another look at them as they were very beautiful and it’s an interesting mix of cultures. I find taking everything in on launch nights particularly hard as there’s so much going on and so many interesting people to talk to!


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