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 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:

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 – led sector

Artist professional development 

Arts education and graduate opportunities

Early career artists


Curatorial practice 

Craft and skill sharing 

Cultural value


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