Alice Chandler


I am currently undertaking a full time WRoCAH funded collaborative doctoral award between the University of Leeds and Yorkshire Visual Arts Network (YVAN).

My research aims to understand the value and impacts of networks for visual artists’ careers and continuing professional development. It seeks to develop an action-based methodology for understanding network value from the lived perspective of artists in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Through partnership working, the project will think practically about ways in which visual arts organisations and institutions might work collaboratively with artists to develop long-term practices that provide sustainable professional development.

I am also an artist living and working in Leeds. My artistic practice is informed by the intersection between art, craft and design. I create sculptural objects, drawings, prints, text, and site-specific installations that build narrative and interrogate our relationship with the domestic, functional and wearable. I am increasingly interested in the layered histories, etymologies, narratives, myths, and meanings around certain objects and materials. Patchwork as method; considering what happens when you put things in dialogue, and how they begin to juxtapose, interconnect or form relationships.

Recent exhibitions/projects include:

Prior to beginning this research, I also worked at Leeds based arts and heritage organisation Sunny Bank Mills for 6 years in programming, curating and marketing. Notable projects: Ones to Watch: an annual exhibition for Yorkshire based students and graduates, supporting approx. 30 artists each year with exhibition and residency opportunities.

Research interests

  • artist networks
  • artist professional development 
  • cultural value
  • cultural labour 
  • cultural policy
  • social capital
  • qualitative methodologies 
  • action research 
  • arts education and graduate opportunities
  • collaboration
  • visual art and craft 


  • MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies (University of Leeds)
  • BA Hons Sculpture (University of Edinburgh)