Visiting Artist's Talk - Akeelah Bertram

For this week's Visiting Artist's Talk (VAT), we welcome Akeelah Bertram.

Akeelah Bertram is a cross-disciplinary creator who specialises in making immersive experiences. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since studying at the University of Leeds, Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Dresden) and the Royal College of Art (London).

Her work involves creating fluid systems for collaboration and intuitive use, and often involves her shifting between the roles of artist and director. In 2019 Bertram became Artist in Residence at the Leeds-based interactive art studio, Invisible Flock. Through her residency she has begun a long-term international project about diaspora communities and the notion of portals, entitled Return. In 2016 she began the ongoing project Ultiverse, which uses light to explore bodies, space and interactivity. Bertarm’s previous and forthcoming projects include exhibitions in Bangalore (IN, 2019), Silvia (IT, 2017) and Puebla (MEX, 2013) as well as residencies in Berlin (2015) and London (2013).

The Visiting Artist’s Talk (VAT) series hosts talks by an exciting range of arts practitioners from around the world every Monday afternoon from 14:00 to 15:30 during teaching weeks.

All of our talks are compulsory for our Fine Art students but open to anyone else who would like to join us.

For more information, email Nick Thurston.

Image: Akeelah Bertram, Ultiverse (2016–). The Tetley, Leeds, 2018