Visiting artists talks

Every Monday during term time, we invite arts practitioners from around the world to talk to students and staff in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies about what they do and why they do it. 

In recent years, speakers have included legendary Canadian artist and art educator Garry Neill Kennedy, acclaimed Dutch sound poet Jaap Blonk, Scottish performance artist Cara Tolmie, film-maker Rachel MacLean, Tate Britain Director Penelope Curtis, co-founder and director of Auto Italia Kate Cooper, and Director of the Liverpool Biennial Sally Tallant.

The talks are an integral part of our fine art teaching but they are open to attendees from across the University and the general public. They are an excellent opportunity for all to engage with national and international contemporary artists, art writers and curators.

Talks take place on Monday afternoons from 2pm and have included:

8 October 2018: Fatma Bucak

15 October 2018: Vahni Capildeo

22 October 2018: Narbi Price

4 February 2019: Fiona Curran

11 February 2019: Beryl Graham

See our events listings for future talks.

Visiting artists teaching 2018-19

Bethan Hughes

Bethan Hughes (b.1989) is an AHRC funded PhD candidate at The University of Leeds (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies). Following her MFA in Media, Art and Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar (funded by the DAAD), she lived and worked in Berlin, primarily as the assistant to artist Dominique Hurth. Her current research is led by an engagement with experimental printmaking, publishing and writing techniques. Most recently she has exhibited work at the Plattenvereinigung(Berlin, 2016) and Bauhaus Straße 1 (Weimar, 2015) and has had work published in the book 5 Fundamental Acts (Milan, 2016), San Rocco Magazine (Milan, 2016) and Forms of Formalism No. 3 (Berlin/Milan, 2016).

Eva Frapiccini

Eva Frapiccini is a practice-led PhD researcher at Leeds. Her work is driven by a systemic practice of collecting documents, memories, or the evidence of witnesses connected to historical events that happened during her childhood. Photography is central to her work, which has also involved video and installation work since 2009.

Her works have been internationally exhibited in museums and art spaces including FACT (Liverpool), the Arkitekturmuseet (Stockholm) and the Maraya Art Centre (Sharjah). Her works are held in a number of institutional collections including those of Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Modern Art (Bologna).

Sun Ju Lee

Sun Ju Lee is an artist whose practice examines the way we recognise the significance of place through large-scale drawings, prints and publication projects. Her works have been shown in exhibitions including: assembly passage, the Gallery at Willesden Green Library, London (2016, solo); International Print Biennale, Gallery North, Newcastle (2016); Mindful Mindness, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); Floating Platform, Cork Printmakers, Cork (2015, solo project); and New British, Lloyds Club, London (2013). Recent Residencies and Prizes include: National Glass Centre Residency Award (2016); Create Space London Commission, funded by Arts Council (2016); Sirius Art Centre Residency (2015); University of Bedfordshire Residency (2014-2015); Tim and Belinda Mara Trust Award (2010); and Grant for International Artist in Residence, Arts Council Korea (2009). She completed an MA in Fine Art at Royal College of Art, London in 2010.

David Steans

David Steans was born in Stockport, UK in 1984. Recent exhibitions, projects and screenings include: Display Show at Eastside Projects, Birmingham; I’MTen at IMT Gallery, London; Medieval helpdesk at Leeds International Medieval Congress (2015); Mega Armageddon Death – Long Version (2015), hosted by The One Minutes, Sandberg Instituut, Netherlands and Instruction for Unwelcome Tables (2014), hosted by CIRCA Projects, Newcastle. Publications include: Cadavere Quotidiano (2014), an anthology of writing by contemporary artists published by Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism. He is also co-founder of Leeds Weirdo Club (2012 – ongoing).

Aleana Turner

Alaena Turner (b. 1984) is an AHRC funded PhD candidate at the University of Leeds. Her current research explores contemporary painting and the legacy of the avant-garde. In 2013 Turner was appointed as Honorary Research Associate of the Materials Research Project of Slade School of Fine Art. In this role she led a collaborative research project ‘Dinner with Picasso’ which explored intersections between art and food (funded by ‘The Institute of Making’). This was developed into a curatorial project, ‘Ingredients, Method, Serving Suggestion’ in 2016, for which Turner received the A.P.T. Curatorial Fellowship from Art in Perpetuity Trust. Recent exhibitions include Seed, Passatge Studio at SWAB Contemporary Art Fair, Barcelona, 2016, Slow, Thick Fingers, Kingsgate Project Space, London, 2016, Summer Mix, TURPS Gallery, London, 2015, At the Point of Gesture, curated by David Ryan, Wimbledon Space, London, 2015 and Mostyn Open 18 , Mostyn Gallery, Wales, 2013.

Zejun Yao 

Zejun Yao is an interdisciplinary artist. His current research focuses on transcultural identity in our era of global mobility, which reflects and relates directly to his experience of living between East Asia and Western Europe. His practice is driven an interest in multi-sensory and perceptive, primarily addressing audiovisual techniques and cinematographic aesthetics. His work often takes the form of performances and installations that use bodily gestures and movements including dance, gymnastics and sport.

He has exhibited in numerous galleries and cultural institutions including Show Off FIAC (Paris), Institut français Kyushu (Fukuoka), Confucius Institute de Bretagne (Rennes), French Cultural Centre in Beijing, and various international film festivals (Busan, Rotterdam, Taipei). He completed an MA in International Artistic Cooperation at University of Paris 8 (2015), undertook independent study in audiovisuals at the University of Kyushu (2012) and a BA in Film Studies and Directing at ESEC Paris (2007).