About

Photograph: James Hale

As a contemporary artist based in Leeds my practice centres around social history and geography. My work is often site specific and is always led by the idea and its location. Outcomes include large-scale installations in heritage venues and the public realm in a range of media that includes film, sound, large constructions, neon and found or loaned objects.

I am passionate about social history and enjoy spending time researching the history and geography of locations. I also love working with people and my projects often involve large numbers of participants who have a personal connection to the site.

Much of my work seeks to close the gap between past and present, drawing on history and interpreting it through the lens of contemporary art to connect with audiences in new and exciting ways.

COMMISSIONS

2018: Mirador Arts and the Elizabeth Roberts Archive
2018: LIDL and Leeds City Council
2017: Ripon Museums Trust
2016: Arts and Heritage Meeting Point for Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby
2008: Leeds International Pool, Leeds City Council
2007: North and South, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
2006: Secrets and Light, The Culture Company, Leeds
2005: Situation Leeds: Contemporary Artists and the Public Realm, Leeds
2004: Artist In Residence at Patrick Studios, East Street Arts, Leeds

EXHIBITIONS

2010: Beyond The Dustheaps, The Dickens Museum, London
2009: Town and Country, PSL [Project Space Leeds] and Harewood House Trust
2006: For The North, Generator Projects, Dundee
2005: Christmas, Contemporary, Berlin
2005: Launch Pad, Vitrine, Leeds
2005: Multiples, LOT, Bristol
2004: Artfayre, Waygood, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
2004: Artsparkle, The Corn Exchange, Leeds
2004: Multiplus Reloaded, Saltburn Art Gallery
2004: Thermo04, The Lowry, Salford
2003: Artranspennine04, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Manchester Art Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery and The Ferens, Hull
2003: Last Few Days, The Merrion Centre, Leeds
2003: Multiplus, Grainger Market, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
2000: Common Prayer, Gallery II, Bradford University
2000: Guest House Twenty, Site Gallery and various locations in Sheffield in association with UTK

BOARDS

2008 – 2018: The Tetley / PSL [Project Space Leeds], Co-Founder and Trustee
2008 – 2013: Northern Art Prize, Founder and Director
2008 – 2012: Leeds Civic Trust, Council member
2008 – 2012: Leeds Visual Arts Forum, Secretary

QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

2003: DCAP (Demystifying Contemporary Art Practice) East Street Arts, Leeds
1995: BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Leeds, Leeds
1991: National Diploma of Foundation Education in Art and Design, Mid Warwickshire College of Further Education, Leamington Spa