- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thesis title: How can Yorkshire and Humber’s cultural institutions work collaboratively with early-career artists to develop long-term practices that provide professional development and sustain early-career artist networks?
- Supervisors: Dr Jonathan Ward, Dr Robert Knifton, Roger McKinley (Yorkshire Visual Arts Network)
I am currently undertaking a full time WRoCAH funded collaborative doctoral award between the University of Leeds and Yorkshire Visual Arts Network (YVAN).
My PhD will build on YVAN’s current research and partnerships to understand the nature of early career artist networks in Yorkshire and ways in which organisations can provide collaborative and sustainable professional development for them. By working collaboratively with artists and organisations, this research will attempt to capture some of the complex and inherent value that artist networks provide.
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:
- Privet at Threshold (2021)
- ACE funded exhibition and project (curatorial) Material Matters at Sunny Bank Mills Gallery (2021)
- Tetley Artists Associate Programme (2018-2019)
- Yorkshire Sculpture International’s Sculpture Network (2020)
- Sitting Show at East Bristol Contemporary (2019).
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.
Artist – led sector
Artist professional development
Arts education and graduate opportunities
Early career artists
Craft and skill sharing
- MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies (University of Leeds)
- BA Hons Sculpture (University of Edinburgh)