Photo: Lesley Guy in Newcastle, North East

Lesley Guy

Artist, Writer, Editor

Lesley Guy is an artist, writer and curator based in Sheffield, UK. She is a Content Curator for Axisweb and Co-director of Bloc Projects, an artist led contemporary art space. She graduated with an MA in Contemporary Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University in 2010 and has exhibited widely across Europe, Asia and the UK. Group shows include Portmanteau, curated by g39 for Halle 14 in Leipzig, Jeune Creation at Centquatre, Paris, Appropriate Response, Vulpes Vulpes, London, POSSESSION (1) at BACC, Bangkok and Deadpan Exchange VIII at Casa Maauad in Mexico City. Forthcoming exhibitions include Totaller's Studio Wall at Paper Gallery in Manchester, as part of the collaboration Totaller, First King of the Astrogoths.

In anthropology, liminality is the term used to define the moment of confusion during rituals, when the participant no longer holds their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the position they will hold when the ritual is complete.  Guy’s works scuttles around in this liminality, the material acting as the boundary within which to play.  
(Rebecca Key, July 2014)

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Location Newcastle, North East
Activities Lecturing, Critical writing, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Project, Basketry, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Sculpture
Tags Art, Artist, mixed media, pizza, material, art brut, paper, experimental, fantasy, magic

News & Events

  • The 2015 Tetley'sCollection

    12/03/2015 – 10/05/2015
    The Tetley, Leeds

    Designs for the 2015 Tetley's Collection.

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  • Empower

    06/03/2015 – 29/03/2015
    Bocs, 20 High Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1RH.

    International Women’s Day Exhibition

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  • 15” Deep Pan Stuffed Crust Portuguese Man O’ War (Totaller’s Studio)

    01/03/2015 – 11/04/2015
    Paper Gallery Unit 12 Mirabel Studios 14-20 Mirabel Street Manchester M3 1PJ

    The work is a reconstruction of André Breton’s studio featuring artworks by his contemporaries, artefacts from ancient civilisations, objects, and ephemera.

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  • Sluice Fundraiser Exhibition

    22/12/2014 – 30/01/2015
    The Hospital Club, Covent Garden

    The Sluice__ fundraiser exhibition will be on show in the members lounge of The Hospital Club.

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  • Tlazolteotler - The Goddess of Filth

    East Street Arts, Leeds

    An event based around Aztec ritual and Tlazolteotl - the goddess of filth, sexual guilt and purification. We will act out the role of concealed priests, making and serving quesadillas.

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  • Overseasoned

    19/09/2014 – 23/09/2014
    Gage Gallery, Sheffield

    Pop up exhibition

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  • Edinburgh Art Festival

    11/08/2014 – 31/08/2014
    GARAGE, Northumberland Street, North West Lane, EH3 6JQ

    The projects include a series of live art events and shows, creating links between artists and artist groups across the UK and beyond, and providing the opportunity for public engagement and exchange.

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  • In The Park After Dark

    Duke Street Car Park, Liverpool

    GANG are 9 artists from New York, London, Sheffield, Los Angeles, Wrexham, Edinburgh and Liverpool. One night only 9-11pm: 3rd October 2014, Duke Street Car Park will host their brand new work.

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  • The Skinny - Spotlight

    Selected by The Skinny North-West to be their March Spotlight artist.

  • Deadpan Exchange 8

    20/03/2014 – 03/04/2014
    Casa Maauad in Mexico City

    With the following UK artists: Charles Quick (UK), David Mackintosh (UK), Lesley Guy (UK), Mat Gregory (UK) and Karin Bergström (SE), Michael Day (UK), Simon Le Ruez (UK) and Victoria Lucas (UK)

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    14/03/2014 – 13/04/2014
    Lanchester Gallery, Coventry

    This is the second iteration of the project that explores practices of appropriation in contemporary art. POSSESSION (I) was shown at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Thailand.

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