Approved: 05.03.2013

Leah Lovett

Art historian, Artist, Lecturer / academic

Archived
Approved: 05.03.2013

I work collaboratively to make performances, Installations, and workshops that explore how spatial imaginaries shape urban and social space. Currently a research fellow within the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL. I recently completed an AHRC-funded PhD at the Slade, looking at Augusto Boal's invisible theatre as a model of urban performance. A member of the Family Activist

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Artist Statement

I work collaboratively to make performances, Installations, and workshops that explore how spatial imaginaries shape urban and social space. Currently a research fellow within the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL. I recently completed an AHRC-funded PhD at the Slade, looking at Augusto Boal's invisible theatre as a model of urban performance. A member of the Family Activist Network (FAN), I also work as a freelance writer and an arts educator in gallery, higher education and school contexts.

CV & Education

Education

2019 PhD Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art (Funded by the AHRC and UCL Doctoral School)
2009 MA Fine Art (Media), Slade School of Fine Art
2006 MA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art

Solo Exhibitions and Events

2019 The Listening Wood, Golders Hill Park, Hampstead Heath, London
2018 Standing in the Same River Twice, Pri Colcini 2, Sturovo, Slovakia
2016 Contracorrente/Upstream, commissioned by UP Projects in partnership with Foundation for Future London for the Floating Cinema, London and Casa 24, Rio de Janeiro
2015 Light Transmission, commissioned by Wellcome Collection with UCL for the Wellcome Collection, London 
2014 Contra Band, commissioned by UP Projects, Somewhere and LADA for the Floating Cinema, London and Casa 24, Rio de Janeiro 
2010 A Solitary Occupation (curated by Nadege Derderian), Studio 106 Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions, Screenings and Performances

2019
Living with the Internet of Things, Tate Modern, London

2018
Re.Future WAIR, Birmingham

2017 
Support (performance), Oxytocin: Birthing the World, London
Rise (performance), The Intercontinental, Roaming Room, London 

2016 
Project Platform (lead artist), commissioned by Newham Council and MTR Crossrail for Coffee7, London

2015 
Women of the World with Forest Voices, Cutler Night, Camden People's Theatre, London  
Song for Socialists (performance), Muckle Mouth, The Horse Hospital, London  
Beam, Heavenly Sights, The Forge, London 

2014 
Rise, Salon, King Christian VII Hunting Lodge, Copenhagen, Denmark
Hardcore (screening), Peak-End, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL and The Armory, Pasadena, CA
Ideas from Elsewhere, Winn's Gallery, Walthamstow, London
Murmuration, Hemi Encuentro, Montreal, Canada
Voicing, Counterpath Press, Denver, CO
Hardcore (screening), Trip the Light: Life is Absurd, Tripspace, London 
Sock Puppet State, Flaming Skirt Festival 2, Amber Valley, UK
Support at SMASH LAB, The Book Club, London
Mother Tongue, audio commission for Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski, 'The Reversing Machine', The Tetley, Leeds

2013
A Small Hiccup (curated by George Vasey), Grand Union, Birmingham and touring.

2012
T.R.I.P.O.D at Camden Art Centre, London 

2011
T.R.I.P.O.D. at Whitley Art Trail, Whitley
Sounding, Come to Ours, BAS7 Fringe, Plymouth
Saturday Night (Costume Designer), Vanishing Point, Teatro Nacional São João, Porto, Centro Cultural Vila Flor/Teatro Oficina, Guimarães, Teatro São Luiz, Lisbon, Tramway, Glasgow, MacRobert, Stirling, Eden Court, Inverness and Traverse, Edinburgh
Belly Speak, Performance event on 12th August at the Angus-Hughes Gallery, London
Online Project for the Solar Pavillion, International Art Festival, Edinburgh and here
Burst: Diverse Universe London, Copenhagen Place and Stoke Newington International Airport, London 
Act II (Project Coordinator), Rhubaba, Edinburgh 
T.R.I.P.O.D. at Cities Methodologies 2011, Slade Research Centre, London 
Surplus to Requirements?, Slade Research Centre, London

Residencies

2018 The Bridge Guard Residency, Sturovo, Slovakia and Esztergom, Hungary
2015 Micro Residency in Kieren Reed's Social Sculpture at ArtSway, Sway  
2013 CTO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 Lab39, Seoul, South Korea
2006-2007 Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, UK

Artist's Talks and Workshops

2017 Participant in panel discussion on technology/communication/art coordinated by Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughan as part of the their project, 50 States, Houston, Texas.
2015 Participant in Library of Light, an action-research day at the V&A organised by London Fieldworks
2015 Live Art, Mediated Censorship (paper), Tenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Imperial College London 
2015 Contra Band: Performing the Spatial Politics of Censorship (paper), Rethinking Approaches in Theatre and Media, TfTV, University of York
2014 Tapestry Workshop, The Red House, Bexleyheath, London
2014 Childsplay: A Den-Building Workshop, Focus E15, Carpenters Estate, London
2014 Violence and the City (panel discussion), CASA Festival, Rich Mix, London 
2014 Contra Band Artist's Talk, The Floating Cinema, London 
2013-2014 Making Mamas: Drawing at Significant Seams, Walthamstow, London

Teaching

2015 The City as Site, BA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2014 Performance, Activism and the Urban, MA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2014 Writing Art, BFA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2013 The City as Site, BA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London