Leeds 13 - Media References


15 May 1998

Print media

(15 May 1998). Con Artists’ Spanish Rip-off – Art grant funds holiday in sun. Leeds Student. (Front page).

17 May 1998

Print media

Prince, R. (17 May 1998). The Artful Dodgers. Sunday Mirror, p. 11.

18 May 1998

Print media

Allan, R. and Hurst, M. (18 May 1998). Abroad canvas for free-holiday art students. Yorkshire Evening Post, p. 1. (To access story, go to this framed site, and click link “More hysteria”.)

(18 May 1998). Comment: Common sense takes a holiday. Yorkshire Evening Post.

McIntyre, Trina. (18 May 1998). There’s an art to getting a free holiday. Yorkshire Post, p. 1. (To access story, go to this framed site, and click link “More hysteria”, then scroll down.)


(18 May 1998). BBC Radio 5 Live (5pm) with Sarah Thornton, and Ruth Wilkin, a Leeds University Student Union representative.

(18 May 1998). Aire FM, (12pm) with Siân Jones.


Leeds 13 member on show (18 May 1998). Interview of Simon Clark on Calendar news programme, ITV Yorkshire.

19 May 1998: Day of revealing a surface--"Spanish holiday" was staged in northern England

Print media

Allan, Richard. (19 May 1998). The Con Artists! Yorkshire Evening Post.

Benfield, Chris. (19 May 1998). Sun, sangria--and the meaning of Art... Yorkshire Post.

Cooke, Harry. (19 May 1998). Students use grant for holiday. The Express, p.10.

Harding, Luke. (19 May 1998). Is it art or a week boozing on the Costa del Sol? The Guardian. (To access story, go to this framed site, and click link “The Truth”.)

Reynolds, N. (19 May 1998). Students make an exhibition of themselves. Daily Telegraph, p. 3.

Wilkinson, P. (19 May 1998). Students’ art was in the right place. The Times, p. 3.


(19 May 1998). Announcement. BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

(19 May 1998). BBC Radio 4's Today program, interview with John Crossley (announcement that actually the "Spanish holiday" art performance was staged in northern England).

(19 May 1998). Interview with Leeds 13 tutors Ken Hay and Terry Atkinson; and Time Out art critic Sarah Kemp. BBC Radio 4, Front Row (7.15pm).

(19 May 1998). BBC Radio Leeds Live (12pm) with Leeds 13 tutors Ken Hay and Terry Atkinson, and Leeds University student union representative Ruth Wilkin.(

19 May 1998). Oxygen Radio, Oxford student radio, with Siân Jones.


Leeds 13 on ITV (19 May 1998). News report on the Leeds 13 controversy, ITV Evening News, ITV.

Leeds 13 on BBC Leeds (19 May 1998). Look North report on the Leeds 13 controversy, BBC Leeds.(19 May 1998).

Report on the Leeds 13 controversy, Channel 4 News.(19 May 1998). Report on the Leeds 13 controversy, Sky News.

20 May 1998

Print media

Jury, Louise. (20 May 1998). Going Places? No we only took a trip to the Costa del Spoof. The Independent.

Lawson, Nigella. (20 May 1998). Why shouldn't art be a reflection of the Sol? The Times.

McIntyre, Trina. (20 May 1998). Celebrities now... the art student hoaxers. Yorkshire Post.

Reynolds, Nigel. (20 May 1998). Art students faked trip to Costa del Sol. Daily Telegraph, p. 13.

Searle, Adrian. (20 May 1998). Guardian, p. 3. (Searle’s art-critical response accompanies Wainwright’s article, listed below.) Second clip

Wainwright, Martin. (20 May 1998). Life, art and the Costa del Cayton. The Guardian, p. 6.

Whitworth, Damian. (20 May 1998). Students’ work of art was cheap forgery. The Times, p. 9.

(20 May 1998). Costa packet? No, holiday “was a hoax”. Shropshire Star.

(20 May 1998). Students 'only went to Scarborough'. Daily Mail.

(20 May 1998). Comment: Lessons learned from prank. Scarborough Evening News.

(20 May 1998). Hoax 'ruins it for other students'. Yorkshire Evening Post.


(20 May 1998). Leeds Student Radio, interview with Matthew Dunning and Eleanor Welsh.

(20 May 1998). Radio Ceredigion, interview with Siân Jones.


(20 May 1998). Channel 4 Big Breakfast (8am).

21 May 1998

Print Media

(21 May 1998). (Two comments by readers: Mark Herman and D.E. Evans). The Guardian.

Radio(21 May 1998). Leeds Student Radio, interview with Hannah Foot.(21 May 1998). Leeds Student Radio, interview with John Crossley and Christian Hersey.

22 May 1998

Print Media

Wellington, John. (22 May 1998). Naivety Costa them a packet. Yorkshire Evening Post.(22 May 1998). Mixed reviews for art students' hoax (comments by readers J. Clargo, K.C. Sutton, and R.H. White). The Times.

(22 May 1998). [Photo of performance documentation and caption]. Times Higher Education.


(22 May 1998). BBC 5 Live, Nigel Clark Late Night Live (11pm).

23 May 1998

Print Media

(23 May 1998). Letters: Student owe city an apology (by J. Swallow, public relations student). Yorkshire Evening Post.


(23 May 1998). BBC 5 Live, Late Night Currie with Edwina Currie (11pm), interview with Simon Clark and Emma Robertson.

24 May 1998

Print MediaBarber, Nicholas. (24 May 1998). Call a prank a prank, and leave art out of it. Independent on Sunday.Landesman, Cosmo. (24 May 1998). Fakers who fooled themselves. Sunday Times, News Review, p.7.(24 May 1998). [Comic strip: Antrobus]. The Observer.

25-31 May 1998(25 May 1998). Lawyer gives reward to hoax students. Yorkshire Evening Post.(26 May 1998). Students' hoax (Letter: I.A. Johnson). The Times.(26 May 1998). Essence of art (Letter: M. Parrott). Yorkshire Post.Leeds 13. (27 May 1998). Thieves, hoaxers and blaggers. Do they mean us? The Guardian, G2 section, pp.12-13.(28 May 1998). Student hoaxers told to say sorry. Yorkshire Evening Post, p. 3.French, Sean. (28 May 1998). The Leeds University art students' hoax belongs to a fine tradition of practical japery. Remember, if you will, one Horace De Vere Cole... New Statesman.Pickford, Neil. (29 May 1998). Top marks for students! Scarborough Evening News.Utley, Alison. (29 May 1998). Talented artists or just con artists? Times Higher Education, p. 18.(29 May 1998). Union bans art fraud students. The Times.(30 May 1998). Ancient & modern [Comment by P. Jones]. The Times.Pritchett, Oliver. (30 May 1998). The art of finding the way out. The Times. (Mention.)Greer, Germaine. (30-31 May 1998). Mastering the art of selling yourself. Financial Times.(Greer argues that Going Places was a "masterpiece".)Leeds 13. (May 1998). Open letter. Leeds Student. (To access story, go to this framed site, and click link “And finally”.)

June 1998(1 June 1998). Pranksters appeal to fellow students. Yorkshire Post.Leeds 13. (1-7 June 1998). Our Costa caper fooled everyone. The Big Issue in the North, pp. 16-17 and cover.(4 June 1998). ABC Radio Australia, interview with Eleanor Welsh.(5 June 1998). Why art has lost the plot. Ilkley Gazette.Llewellyn, C. (5 June 1998). Broken Arts for hoaxers. Leeds Student, p. 5.(5 June 1998). Sometimes, a little silence can be golden. Yorkshire Evening Post.Windsor, J. (6 June 1998). Con artists. Independent.(8 June 1998). Radio 4, Front Row (7.15pm).(8 June 1998). Look North BBC News, (1.30pm, 6.30pm).(8 June 1998). Five Live Channel 5 News (12.30pm).(8 June 1998). BBC Radio Leeds (5.45pm).(9 June 1998). BBC 24 News.

July-December 1998(13 July 1998). Top marks for holiday hoaxers. Yorkshire Evening Post.(13 July 1998). Comment: Artful dodgers... but going places. Yorkshire Evening Post.14 JUL 1998 Internet BBC News online(14 July 1998). Top marks for ‘Costa Scarborough’ students. BBC News Internet website.(14 July 1998). 'Hoax' art students hailed. The Guardian.(15 July 1998). Students win top marks for art hoax. The Times.Šír, V. (1998). Going places. Umelec, 4, p. 7.Rugoff, R. (September/October 1998). Yours sincerely. Frieze, 42, pp. 64-69. (This excellent essay offers an art historical context of the Leeds 13 media intervention.)


In the following year, the Leeds 13 again hit the media concerning their degree show that featured another exploration of “perceived reality”, which featured not their own art objects, but that of well-known artists including Damien Hirst, Rodin, and Henry Moore. Their work took the form of a “successful” art show, including “labels, advertising, catalogue, hanging systems, lighting”, etc.Sanders, Claire. (1 January 1999).

Who made a splash? Times Higher Education, pp. 14-5. (Photo and mention on hard copy version.)(13 May 1999).

Leeds 13 have high hopes for latest art venture. Yorkshire Evening Post.Wellington, J. (28 May 1999).

Students on a spoof too far. Yorkshire Evening Post.8 JUN 1999 PRINT Guardian-cropWainwright, Martin. (8 June 1999).

Art hoaxers bow out with the real thing. The Guardian, p. 3.Barnes, Graham. (8 June 1999).

Leeds 13 go out in (other artists') style. Yorkshire Post.Hutchinson, Andrew. (8 June 1999).

Hoax students keep us guessing... Yorkshire Evening Post, p. 3.Miller, Phil. (9 June 1999).

Leeds 13 set new agenda for final year. The Scotsman.

Reynolds, Nigel. (10 June 1999). Students display the art of borrowing by degrees. Daily Telegraph, p. 8.

Wainwright, Martin. (10 June 1999). Top marks for hoax students. The Guardian.

Sherwin, A. (10 June 1999). Holiday hoaxers put on a first class show. The Times, p.10.

Leeds 13. (11 June 1999). No artist is an island. Times Higher Education.

Hill, Peter. (25 June 1999). Worth a Damien? Times Higher Education. (Mention.)

(11 June 1999). Gang's parting shot is an insult. Yorkshire Evening Post.

Leeds 13. (July 1999). a-n magazine, pp. 6-7.

Rodway, David. (2 July 1999). Readers’ reactions. Times Higher Educational Supplement.

Hill, Peter. (6 August 1999). What are the facts behind the superfictions? Times Higher Educational Supplement. (Mention.)

Utley, Alison. (17 September 1999).

Leeds 13 win their appeal for a first for art. Times Higher Education.Absolutearts.com. (2 December 1999).

Announcement: MASS MoCA welcomes MOCI Curator, Superfiction Expert. (Listed as artists to be discussed by artist-speaker Peter Hill.)

White Cube website/Damien Hirst catalogue listings page. (1999).

Leeds 13 - Fine Arts. The Degree Show, University of Leeds Fine Art, Leeds.


Glinkowski, P. (2000). A BBC introduction to modern and contemporary art. London: BBC, pp. 35-36.

Makel, Jo. (17 March 2000). They fooled us once--but £13m for hoax snaps... they have to be joking. Yorkshire Post.

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Wainwright, Martin. (17 March 2000). In the art of the city. The Guardian. (Mention.)

Sage, Adam. (22 May 2000). British pub grub whets Paris appetite. The Times. (Mention.)

Harney, Tony. (23 May 2000). Flashes of inspiration. Yorkshire Evening Post. (23 May 2000). In the news. Leeds Reporter, 453. (Mention.)

Walker, John A. (2001). Art in the age of mass media (3rd ed.). London: Pluto Press, pp. 166-167.

Harris, Roy. (2003). The necessity of artspeak. London: Continuum, pp. 202-3.