Approved: 08.10.2006

Lesley Halliwell

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 08.10.2006

Lesley Halliwell's practice explores the surface of the pictorial plane, specifically at the interplay between the outward-facing and the inward supporting components of the picture plane. Recently she has looked to other cultural traditions and techniques to aid her understanding of different pattern generating systems. Ranging from Southern Indian kolams, Islamic geometry, Celtic design, manuscript illumination and even the 1970s children's toy, the Spirograph, Halliwell finds underlying similarities and cross-overs. 

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Biography

Lesley Halliwell's practice explores the surface of the pictorial plane, specifically at the interplay between the outward-facing and the inward supporting components of the picture plane. Recently she has looked to other cultural traditions and techniques to aid her understanding of different pattern generating systems. Ranging from Southern Indian kolams, Islamic geometry, Celtic design, manuscript illumination and even the 1970s children's toy, the Spirograph, Halliwell finds underlying similarities and cross-overs. 

Halliwell's paintings and drawings return to the simple and universal constructions based on the circle and the square but with fine line and delicate nuance of surface - these are works that reward close viewing. Patterning, which unifies the surface, is confounded by the reflective qualities of either heavily worked graphite pencil or delicate metal leaf. Here the viewer is drawn into the work as different viewpoints and lighting conditions alter what can be seen. 

Halliwell is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD (NWCDTP Award holder 2014-2020) at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.  She has an MA in Art History, Goldsmith's College, University of London, an MA in Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University, BA(Hons) from Nottingham Trent & Dip(HE) from Dartington College of Arts. 

 

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2014-2010 AHRC Practice based PhD (NWCDTP award holder), Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

1999 - 2001 - MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

1993 - 1995 - MA History of Art, Goldsmith's College, University of London

1987 - 1989 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

1985 - 1987 - Dip (HE) Art & Design in a Social Context, Dartington College of Arts

Solo Exhibitions

2010 All the Small Things, Grosvenor Museum & Art Gallery, Chester

2008 Hypotrochoids, Hive Gallery, Barnsley

2008  Reach, The Chapman Gallery, Salford

2008  Time and Time Again, Touchstones, Rochdale

2007  Going Straight, The Otter Gallery, Chichester  

2006  Tutti Fruitti, BLOCspace, Sheffield  

2003  Turning Circle, Taxi Gallery, Cambridge

Exhibitions

2018          

Sidney Nolan Trust, Artists Camps (upcoming): Research and practice arts residency

Tilted Plane,Alexandria Library, Manchester (with Zellij Arts)

BBC1, The One Show, History of the Spirograph, Marty Jopson, Lesley Halliwell & Greevz Fisher.

2017          

Sidney Nolan Trust, Artists Camps, Research and practice arts residency and exhibition

(Re)configure,Manchester School of Art(solo exhibition)

Bankley Open 2017,Manchester

Toil, Trade and Titans,Touchstones, RochdaleArt Gallery, Greater Manchester(drawings from permanent collection)

Suite Studios group exhibition, The Horsfall, Great Ancoats, Manchester

2016          

Tracing Paper 2016:Paper Gallery, Manchester 

Compression Culture:Vertical Gallery, Manchester School of Art

PAPER Transformed, Arc Centre and Gallery, Stockport 

West Lancashire Open Exhibition,Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

2015                                                                                                                                  

Compression Culture, Benzie Building, Manchester School of Art. 

Carbon meets Silicon, Expo event, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wales.

Wanderlust; To Pernik With Love, Water Tower Arts Festival, Bulgaria.

[detail], The Usher Gallery, Lincoln.                                                                                      

Manifest, Manchester International Festival, Suite Open Studios.                                           

SLIPPAGE: The Unstable Nature of Difference, Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC).                                                                                                

2014                                                                                                                                             

(detail), H-Project Space, Bangkok and Transition Gallery, London.                                         

Beauty is the First Test, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland & Platform Gallery, Clitheroe. 

The Drawing Show, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.                                                                                                    

2013                                                                                                                                             

Beauty is the First Test (touring show), The Pumphouse Gallery, London; R-Space, Linen Rooms, Northern Ireland; NCCD, Sleaford; Bliston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton.                                     

The Infinity Show, NN , Northampton.                                                                                         

Above and Below, Yarangall Farm, Cheshire.                                                                              

2012                                                                                                                                           

Fixation, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool.                                                                      

Into the Woods, Alvanley Cliff Woods, Cheshire.                                                                        

2011                                                                                                                                  

Cornerhouse Projects, Suite Studios, Manchester.                                                                      

2010                                                                                                                                                   

4 Degrees, Cube Gallery, Manchester.                                                                                       

Above The Serious, Stoke Newington Library, London.                                                                    

At Play 2, South Hill Park, Berkshire.                                                                                           

AXIS curated show, Arts Council England, London.                                                                     

Lines of Desire, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales.                                                          

Making Marks, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale.                                                                             

The Affordable Art Fair, Alicia David Contemporary Art, London, Brussels & New York.               

The Conversation, Newton Church, Chester.                                                                                  

The Drawing Shed, Project Space Leeds, (PSL).                                                                           

The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (& touring).                                               

Wish You Were Here; An Exploration into Drawing & Journeys, Bath Spa University Gallery, Weston-super-Mare.                                                                                                                    

2009                                                                                                                                              

A42D, Bloc Space, Sheffield.                                                                                                  

Encounter, Novas , Liverpool.                                                                                             

FRINGEMK, Catalogue Finalist, Milton Keynes.                                                                    

Grosvenor Open (Prizewinner), Grosvenor Museum , Chester.                                               

Pattern Recognition, The City Gallery, Leicester.                                                                            

Sale, The Royal Standard, Liverpool.                                                                               

Superabundant - Pattern in Contemporary Art, Turner Contemporary, Margate.                       

Wrexham Open (Prizewinner; Best Professional), Oriel Wrecsam, Wales.                                    

2008                                                                                                                                            

Present, Hive Gallery, Barnsley.                                                                                                      

The Baltic Frame, Arena Gallery, Liverpool Biennial.                                                                    

2007                                                                                                                                             

Repeat Repeat: Negotiated Positions, University College Chester, Chester.                                  

2006                                                                                                                                         

Multiples, LOT, Bristol.                                                                                                                    

Wall to Wall, VINEspace, Vyner Street, London.                                                                            

2004                                                                                                                                                 

Pizza Express Prospects, Tea Building, London.                                                                     

Remote Control, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.                                                                          

We Go Round and Round in the Night and are Consumed by Fire, Terminal Warehouse, New York and Liverpool Biennial.                                                                                                                    

2003                                                                                                                                              

Thermo 03, The Lowery, Salford.                                                                                                    

2002  

Mostyn 12, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno.                                                                

Bloombergs New Contemporaries, The Barbican, London & Static, Liverpool.                                

2001                                                                                                                                                     

All Colours Will Agree in the Dark, Cornerhouse, Manchester.

Competitions, prizes and awards

2015 NWCDTP Student Development Fund, Istanbul Design Centre and Princes School of Traditional Arts, London: research study trips 

2014 North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) PhD Studentship

2014 ACE Funding, Small Grants to the Arts, Curation of Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference, Contemporary Art Space Chester

2010 The Jerwood Drawing Prize (finalist), The Jerwood Space, London 

2004 Michael Gourley Award, MAFA Open, Manchester

2004  Pizza Express Prospects, (Finalist), Tea Building, London

2003  Beck's Futures, (nominated), ICA, London

2002 Bloombergs New Contemporaries, The Barbican, London &, Static, Liverpool