It’s Proper Art caught my eye every day at the entrance to Kirkgate Market, where I work. As an artist I love the concept of art being all around us. I was inspired by the poetic element of the text, which mentioned the materials used in the construction of the market, the characteristics of the people here, and the optimism the place stands for. The most impressive thing about It’s Proper Art was how accessible it was. I’d often see people reading the text – people who otherwise might have been quite cynical about art, let alone engage with it. The idea is conceptual yet simple at the same time.
Joss Cole, Artist and Owner of Cole's Gallery, Leeds January 9, 2020