Visiting Artist’s Talk – Michelle Duxbury

For this week's Visiting Artist's Talk we welcome Michelle Duxbury.

Michelle Duxbury works across a range of media, including embroidery, film and sound, exploring how we exist in our bodies, spaces and places.

Her work considers the intrinsic link between landscape, body and identity, in individual and collective connection to landscape, and how this impacts on feelings of belonging/not belonging, drawing on her own experience as a disabled, neurodivergent, working-class woman.

Michelle’s academic background is in the field of sociology, graduating with an MA in Sociology from the University of Leeds in 1996. She returned to education in 2015, obtaining her Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Leeds Art College.

She had a solo exhibition at The Art House in Wakefield in 2022, following a residency there in 2021. She was awarded a PANIC! Bursary from The Tetley in 2021, and selected for the Yorkshire Sculpture International Sculpture Network in 2022. She was also one of 90 artists selected to exhibit in the Leeds Artists Show at Leeds Art Gallery, running from February to April 2023. 

Her work has been selected for ‘Found Cities, Lost Objects’, an Arts Council Collection touring exhibition opening next January at Leeds Art Gallery, curated by Turner Prize-winning artist and cultural activist Lubaina Himid CBE.

She is on the board of trustees at The Tetley and Shape Arts. She is also a founding member of DISrupt, a collective of disabled artists in Leeds. She is Leeds-born and bred and is currently based in Patrick Studios in Mabgate.

About the Visiting Artists’ Talks series

The Visiting Artist’s Talk (VAT) series hosts talks by an exciting range of arts practitioners from around the world every Monday afternoon 2–4pm during teaching weeks.

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

For more information, please email Anna Douglas.

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Still from The Outliers. Commissioned for the PANIC! Bursary, courtesy of The Tetley (2021).