I have recently graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds Arts University. My work draws on my upbringing in the circus and investigates the relationship between contemporary circus imagery and the visual arts.
I took the route from the circus direction to that of visual art, where my predominant focus was on mark making, using the body. During the second year of studies my interest was reignited, this took me down an unexpected path back towards circus. My practice considers the gap between art and circus, exploring where these two individual art forms meet, and what happens when they come together and unite. I collaborate and work with circus performers, applying the skills I have gained as an artist to create something visually captivating and innovative. My overarching aim is to shed a new light on circus as art, increasing the scope and experience for both the audience and artist.
My output is not restricted to one specific media; I devise pieces which work as live performances but are equally effective when adapted for installation. In both instances I aim for the viewers’ experience to be completely immersive, inspired by Bill Viola, specifically his recent exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, incorporating subtle and natural sounds and visuals.
As I am now able to incorporate fine art in to my creative repertoire, I feel I have a strong, cohesive outlook upon both mediums from a variety of perspectives. I have played the role of artistic director and project manager in my recent performative pieces.
EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCE
2018, April to July - CIRCUS: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture, The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford.
2018, March to May - INTERFACE, NEO:Gallery, Bolton.
2018, April - Art Across the INTERFACE: a curated conversation, conducted by art historian Sara Riccardi, NEO:Gallery, Bolton.
2018, April - Live Performance 'Sweet', DRAWIn, Draw to Perform, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton.
2017/18, October to February - Curators Choice, Leeds Arts University, Leeds.
2017, November - Vacuum Arts, Martin Hall Exhibition Space, Loughborough.
2017, November - Live Performances 'Sweet', Leeds Arts University Gallery, Leeds.
2017, October - Vacuum Arts, The Old Market, Hereford.
2017, July - Free Range, The Old Truman Brewery, London.
2017, June - Once More With Feeling, Leeds Arts University Extra-Ordinary Degree Show.
2017, March - Live performance 'Sweet', Barnsley Civic Theatre's Scratch Night.
2017, January to February - Pass the Salt, Access Space, Sheffield.
2016, October - Live Performance 'Sweet', Victoria Works, Sheffield.
2016, August - Live Performance 'Happening', Victoria Works, Sheffield.
2016, March – Live Performance at XOXO, Leeds.
2016, February – A Happy Medium, Leeds.
2015, November – I’ll Show You Mine, Leon Collective, Leeds.
2015, March – SHIFT Happens, Studio 24, Leeds.
2014, November – Backing track for Art School, Smart School, BBC Radio 4.
2014, June – Foundation Show, Chesterfield.
PUBLICATIONS & PRESS
2017, October - Vibe Magazine, 'What do you get when you combine circus acts with art?'.
2017, 1st November - MADE in Leeds Television, On the Air Leeds News (8.20- 10.12).
2017, June - The Guardian Witness, Liliana Robins - Sweet (2017).
2014-2017 – BA Fine Art – Leeds Arts University, First Class (Hons).
2015 – Foundation Diploma in Photography – Shaw Academy, Distinction.
2013-2014 – ABC Art and Design Foundation – Chesterfield College, Distinction.
2015, May to Current – Studio Assistant for Print Maker Sarah Jane Palmer, BLOC Projects, Sheffield.
2015, October – Exhibition Assistant for Ceramicist Victoria Claire Dawes at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester.
2016, September - Muriel Design Exhibition, BLOC Projects, Sheffield.
2016, March - XOXO Exhibition, East Street Arts, Leeds.
2018, April to Current - Festival Manager for Kelham Island Karnival.
2017, April to May - Open Studio Event Invigilation, BLOC, Sheffield.
2016, March – Head Curator for XOXO Exhibition, Leeds.
2016, January to March – Exhibition Manager for XOXO.
2015/16, September to September – Level 5 Fine Art Student Representative – Leeds Arts University.
2010, June – Artist in Residence at BLOC Projects, Sheffield.
2015 to current - Videography & Photography:
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Image: Ian Hinchliffe. Sweet. Live Performance at Leeds Arts University. 2017.