Approved: 20.10.2013

Lesley Farrell

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Project manager

Approved: 20.10.2013

I am an artist working in photography and co-founder of the curatorial collective CommonAs. I have worked for many contemporary art galleries and organisations, including Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, where I was Director from 1998 - 2008, as Producer for World Event Young Artists, Nottingham, as Community Engagement Officer for The Collection, Lincoln, and Programme Manager for The Art House, Wakefield. As an artist I am interested in exploring how the sense of a direct connection with the past, often perceived in objects and places, can be communicated through the photographic image. In recent works this had led me to photograph a number of objects that have come into my possession by chance, for example items left in my house by previous occupants and tools discovered on my allotment. In other works I have combined projected images with the items themselves, playing with scale and the physicality of the object and its reproduction. 

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    Biography

    I am an artist working in photography and co-founder of the curatorial collective CommonAs. I have worked for many contemporary art galleries and organisations, including Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, where I was Director from 1998 - 2008, as Producer for World Event Young Artists, Nottingham, as Community Engagement Officer for The Collection, Lincoln, and Programme Manager for The Art House, Wakefield. As an artist I am interested in exploring how the sense of a direct connection with the past, often perceived in objects and places, can be communicated through the photographic image. In recent works this had led me to photograph a number of objects that have come into my possession by chance, for example items left in my house by previous occupants and tools discovered on my allotment. In other works I have combined projected images with the items themselves, playing with scale and the physicality of the object and its reproduction. 

    Common As is cultural collective working with artistic practitioners to develop  new creative work around institutions with compelling social history.https://commonas.wordpress.com/

    CV & Education

    Exhibitions

    • 2018/19 - 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam, Shutter Hub Open, the Encore
    • 2018 - Off-Centre Photo Festival, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
    • 2018 - Photomonth, East London International Festival of Photography, Shutter Hub Open, Truman Brewery
    • 2018 - In Another Place, CVAN East Midlands billboard project
    • 2017 - Retina, Scottish International Photography Festival, Shutter Hub Open, The Dark Room, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
    • 2017 - Visualising Home, Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Carlise Photo Festival
    • 2016 - Photomonth Photo-Open, Rich Mix, London
    • 2016 - Shutter Hub Open, Cambridge
    • 2015 - Uncertain States annual exhibition, part of Photomonth, East London International Photography Festival, The Art Pavilion, Mile End
    • 2014 - Espy Photography Awards, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
    • 2012 - 12th EM Contemporary Art Auction, Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
    • 2011 - What Comes After, PUNCH, The Cornerhouse Nottingham
    • 2011 - MAStars, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham
    • 2010 - Album, The Upstairs Gallery, Lincoln

     

    Selected Curatorial Projects

    • 2018 - Pioneer, Gunby Estate Hall & Gardens
    • 2017 - Us, A Gunby Estate Domesday, Michael Sanders, Gunby Estate, Hall & Gardens
    • 2016 – A Ballad for Southwell, Chris T-T, The Workhouse, Southwell
    • 2014 – The Inmate World, Amelia Crouch, Fell House, Wakefield
    • 2014 – Room 311, Lois Palframan, Fell House, Wakefield
    • 2011 - What Comes After, Punch, Nottingham
    • 2009 - The Noah Laboratory, John Newling, The Collection, Lincoln
    •  2009 - Phil Collins solo exhibition, The Collection, Lincoln,
    • 2009 - Silent Witnesses, Graphic Novels without Words, The Collection, Lincoln
    • 2007 - Record Pictures, Michael Collins, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea 
    • 2005 - Playas, Jason Oddy, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, and touring
    • 2005 - Southend Trim,  Eileen Perrier, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea 
    • 2004 - Disturbances, Mark Edwards, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, and touring 
    • 2002 - Another Country, John Timberlake, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, and touring 
    • 2001 - Babel, by Simon Biggs, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, and touring

     

    Employment

    • Current - Curator National Centre for Craft and Design
    • Current - Curator / Project Manager CommonAs 
    • Current - Associate Lecturer, University of Lincoln
    • 2013 to 2015 - Programme Mananager, The Art House, Wakefield
    • 2011 to 2013 - Freelance Curator and Project Manager
    • 2012 - Visiting Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University
    • 2011 to 2012 - Visual Arts Production Manager, World Event Young Artists
    • 2008 to 2010 - Community Engagement Officer, The Collection, Lincoln
    • 1998 to  2007 - Director, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea

     

    Writing

    • 2012 - Stille Fragmente, Katja Hock, Introduction
    • 2009 - The Noah Laboratory, John Newling, Introduction
    • 2007 - Hospital, Katja Hock, Introduction and Editor
    • 2006 - Record Pictures, Michael Collins, Introduction and Editor
    • 2006 - Playas, Jason Oddy, Introduction and Editor
    • 2005 - You'd Think So, Wouldn't You, Rachel Garfield, published by UH Galleries, Introduction
    • 2005 - Shadow Play, Denny Robson, Introduction and Editor
    • 2005 - Southend Trim, Eileen Perrier, Introduction and Editor
    • 2004 - Disturbances, Mark Edwards, Introduction and Editor
    • 2003 - Belonging, Elia Alab and Cynthia Greig, Introduction and Editor
    • 2002 - Day Return, published by Focal Point Gallery, Introduction and Editor
    • 2002 - Another Country, John Timberlake, Introduction and Editor

     

    Qualifications

    • MA Photography, Distinction, Nottingham Trent University
    • PGCE Art and Design, University of Brighton
    • BA (Hons) 3D Design, Loughborough College of Art and Design