Approved: 24.08.2009

Lesley Guy

Artist, Editor, Gallery educator, Writer

Approved: 24.08.2009

Lesley Guy is an artist and writer based in Newcastle, UK. 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

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    Lesley Guy is an artist and writer based in Newcastle, UK. 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. She works as part of the collective known as TOTALLER.

    TOTALLER has a shared belief around the aesthetic as a destructive, progressively utopian and totalising force. The group is composed of four members – Lesley Guy, Dale Holmes, Lea Torp Nielsen and Chris Fielder. The group attempts to deliver a series of aesthetic shocks through taking risks with categories such as credibility, beauty and style, exploring approaches to these without irony or self-consciousness. They aim to work within the bounds of a new or imagined Dark Age, a space for making that is free from anxiety and allows for new forms of creation. 

    CV & Education


    Solo exhibitions and with TOTALLER 

    2017 - Uni-Corn-Utopia, ArtHouses, Whitley Bay
    2016 - The Birth Of Totaller - Slide Show, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
    2016 - Concrete Utopia, Sheffield Fringe, Bloc Projects
    2015 - BARR IC ADE, Garage, Edinburgh Art Festival
    2015 - 15” Deep Pan Stuffed Crust Portuguese Man O’ War (Totaller’s Studio), Paper Gallery, Manchester
    2014 - Tlazolteotler Fiesta! East Street Arts, Leeds
    2014 - Pizza Fest, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
    2010 - If.., g39, Cardiff

    Group exhibitions

    2017 - Take Me To Your Leader, Samuel Worth Non-Conformist Chapel, Sheffield
    2015 - The Sylvester Structure, Sluice Art Fair, OXO Bargehouse, London
    2015 - The Tetley's 2015 Collection, Artist's Commission, The Tetley, Leeds
    2015 - Empower, Bocs, Caernarfon
    2015 - Sluice Fundraiser Exhibition, The Hospital Club, Covent Garden
    2014 - OVERSEASONED (Part Deux), Salt + Powell, York
    2014 - GANG, Art in the Park in the Dark, Liverpool
    2014 - OVERSEASONED, Gage Gallery, Sheffield
    2014 - I Know You; You can come With Me, Oriel Wrexham
    2014 - Deadpan Exchange IV - Caasa Maude, Mexico City
    2014 - POSSESSION (lI), LGP, Coventry
    2013 - Conway stall, Manchester Contemporary, UK
    2013 - A3 Works, A3 Project Space, Digbeth, Birmingham
    2013 - Das Wird Sich Alles Finden, Arts Collingwood, Cleveland, Ohio
    2013 - GARAGE, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh
    2013 - Here There Everywhere, Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham, Wales
    2013 - POSSESSION (l), BACC, Bangkok
    2012 - Appropriate Response , Vulpes Vulpes, London
    2012 - Das Wird Sich Alles Finden, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK
    2012 - Microcosm, Departure Lounge, Leeds
    2012 - Moveable Feast, Hotel du sauroy, Paris
    2012 - ‘PURE JOY (WINS AGAIN)’, The Coterie Gallery, Chapeltown
    2011 - Citizen, tactileBOSCH, Cardiff
    2011 - Jeune Creation, Centquatre, 106, Paris
    2011 - We Are All In This Together, Bureau, Manchester
    2011 - Portmanteau, g39, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany
    2011 - Off Duty at The Burlington Fine Arts Club, Manchester
    2010 - Collaborators 2, ROOM, London
    2010 - Endgame, Persistence works, Sheffield
    2009 - Otherliness: Host 09, Vane , Newcastle Upon Tyne
    2008 - Curiosity, Vault Gallery, Lancaster
    2008 - Observatory: Host 08, Millennium Galleries, Art Sheffield 08
    2007 - Deja Vu, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
    2007 - Home Disco: Host 07, Consortium Gallery, Amsterdam
    2007 - Beauty: Host 06, The Sheffield Pavillion, The 52nd Venice Biennale

    Other projects

    2014 - Library Interventions, Leeds College of Art
    2013 - I'm Not Ok, Bloc Studios, Studio 27
    2010 - Day Zero, Tether, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

    Residencies

    2015 - Civilisation, Library Interventions, Leeds College of Art
    2012 - VINYL: SITE Group residency, The Meter Room, Coventry

    Public commissions

    2013 - Convergence is a Cryptic Crossword, Sheffield Hallam University, Degree Show Catalogue
    2012 - Do It Thissen, Festival of the Mind, Montgomery Hall, Sheffield

    Publications

    2012 - The Drawing Paper #6
    2012 - The Red Headed League
    2010 - Patricide 2. Seaside Surrealism

    Awards and Prizes

    2010 - Winner of the International Colouring-in Competition, Bloc Projects

    Qualifications and training

    2010 - MA Contemporary Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
    1999 - BA (Hons), Fine Art, The University of Leeds, UK