Portrait of Pippa Hale - Leeds based conntemporary artist.

Pippa Hale

Contemporary Artist

I’m a contemporary artist based in Leeds and my practice centres around social history, geography and play. My artworks are often site specific and include large-scale installations in heritage venues, the public realm and galleries in a range of media that includes foam, inflatables, food, film, sound, iron, digital technology, neon and 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. Most recently I have begun to explore the idea of co-creation where local people aren’t just participants in the delivery of my ideas, but included in the research, conception and production of artworks.

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


2023 Cambridge Playlaws, Cambridge City Council working in partnership with Cambridge Junction

2023 Play Revolution, National Railway Museum, York

2021 Heaven, Left Bank Leeds

2019 Ribbons, Leeds Arts University and partners

2018 Skip Play Repeat, Mirador Arts and the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive

2018 Bridge, LIDL and Leeds City Council

2017 Consumption, Ripon Museums Trust

2016 Seat, Arts and Heritage Meeting Point for Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby

2008 Pool, Leeds International Pool, Leeds City Council

2007 Charge, North and South, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton

2006 Yarn, Secrets and Light, The Culture Company, Leeds

2005 Mene Mene, Situation Leeds: Contemporary Artists and the Public Realm, Leeds

2004 Artist In Residence at Patrick Studios, East Street Arts, Leeds

2021 Revealed Roots, Concealed Connections, Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham

2019-20 Play Rebellion at BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art, Gateshead

2019 Playshapes, MAPS Festival by Chalk, Gateshead

2019 Exhibition of shortlisted artists for Feminist Public Sculpture, Leeds Arts University Gallery

2010 Closet, Beyond The Dustheaps, The Dickens Museum, London

2009 Town and Country, PSL [Project Space Leeds] and Harewood House Trust

2006 Open Door, For The North, Generator Projects, Dundee

2005 Launch Pad, Vitrine, Leeds

2005 Multiples, LOT, Bristol

2004 Thermo04, The Lowry, Salford

2003 Souvenir, 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

2000 Common Prayer, Gallery II, Bradford University

2000 Guest House Twenty, Site Gallery and various locations in Sheffield in association with UTK

2021 — date: Royal Society of Sculptors, Member

2018 — date: We Are IVE, Trustee

2015 — 2021: David Oluwale Memorial Association, Consultant

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

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