Black Dogs

Set up in Leeds in 2004 as a reaction against art-school inertia, Black Dogs is now an expansive regional project open to anyone who wants to celebrate the minor and the absurd in everyday life. Self-funded and wholly independent, the group seeks to promote dialogue between artists and audiences, and to establish constructive relationships with local communities. Most recently, the Dogs held Gallery Giveaway, an audience-led participatory event at The Dazed Gallery, London; and an exhibition of ongoing solo projects at 42 New Briggate Gallery, Leeds. Consequences (produced in association with Axisweb) was the group's first foray into the murky work of internet-based art; The Black Dogs Almanacs provide a printed record of group work; while I can do it – recently published for the launch event of the Leeds Independent Music Exposition – is a DIY manual extolling the virtues of ostensibly minor skills and personal pastimes.