Approved: 16.08.2006

Paul Digby

Artist, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

Paul works in part to the premise his practice is a result of a concept and the materials are specific to this initial idea, and narrative. Paul contrasts this with how the body expresses emotion and represents the Self. He further explores how narrative shapes our everyday lives through the meanings we attribute to objects.

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  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
  • Artforms: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture
  • Tags: disability, contemporary art, arts council england, the tetley gallery, colour, psychological, conceptual
 
 

Biography

Paul works in part to the premise his practice is a result of a concept and the materials are specific to this initial idea, and narrative. Paul contrasts this with how the body expresses emotion and represents the Self. He further explores how narrative shapes our everyday lives through the meanings we attribute to objects.

Paul has collaborated with a series of non-arts institutions (e.g. police, high secure hospitals, paramedics, high secure hospitals, hospitals, social services etc.) and responded as an Artist to this Stimuli. Paul collaborates with the people that work and live in these buildings, and institutions and observes how people transcend their physical spaces in to a greater narrative.

Paul graduated in 1997 from Norwich University College of the Arts and the University of Leeds in 2002.

Paul lives in Leeds with his wife and two children. 

CV & Education

10 of my most significant achievements to date:

 

Sep 2016 to 2019

Transcending the Figure: A three-year Project that celebrates the public sector. I have created a series of figurative drawings and sculptures of people who work in the Emergency Services in Classical poses. I worked with staff at the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery to install ‘Rebekkah’ (2012) by Simon Fujiwara in a one-day pop-up exhibition in Leeds Schools I have led and will lead workshops in which all the children in the school will be and have been given given the opportunity to sketch the figure, developing drawing techniques and later using the drawings to create small clay figures.

The first part of the project culminated in an exhibition/installation of my drawings and the children's drawings/maquettes in the school hall.

All the work made will be in an exhibition including the children’s at the EAST Gallery in 2019. All the work will be completed in early 2018.

This project is supported by York College, EAST Gallery NUA, East Street Arts, Arts Council England, the Emergency Services and Artforms.

 

Dec 2017 to Dec 2018

New Light: Northern Artists, Bowes Museum, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Tulsie House and Bankside Gallery

 

2008-2016

Yorkshire and Humber Visual Arts Network Steering Group Member. Voluntary role helping commission artists in the region, organize and facilitate seminars and conferences, attended National and regional Debates.

 

January to July 2016

Mosaic Leeds: I led a creative project of mosaic workshops with people living with dementia, their carer’s and families. Initially a design was made by people living with dementia and attending Leeds Adult Social Care-Dementia Peer Support Service. This design was transferred on to a series of ten 4/4 ft panels. Then people living with dementia and who attend ten Dementia Cafes across Leeds and a Peer Support group completed the mosaic panels in sessions. Leeds Council funded.

The initial design will respond to the Leeds Museums Collection and address the question: What does Leeds mean to you?

The individual panels will then connect and form one large and colourful mosaic, this will be on exhibition in Leeds City Museum later in the year (Broderick Hall, Map of Leeds). Funded by Leeds Inspired.

 

2016

Hospital Corridor Drawing in the Wellcome Trust Archive used in Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond, Wellcome Trust, London

 

Sep 2016 to January 2017

figure-process-material Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle Community Engagement Programme: The aim of this programme was to be a pioneering and inclusive engagement project that focused specifically on engaging people in community groups and providing a positive learning experience about sculpture and contemporary art. 

This new YST programme involved a series of free short courses and workshops that consisted of artist led sessions and visits to the galleries that comprise the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. The sculpture by Rebecca Warren entitled Man in the Dark (Co-commissioned by Henry Moore Institute and 14-18 NOW) and that was positioned outside the Henry Moore Institute, as part of the The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics exhibition, was the main focus of the project.

The artist led sessions were based on the figure. The materials and processes reference Warrens work and they included: clay, plaster casting, wire, aluminum, felt and plaster as well as the opportunity to learn drawing techniques including Life Drawing. 

 

2013 to 2015

Portraits of Emotions http://portraitsofemotions.uk: A series of paintings and drawings of people expressing emotions of joy, anger and sadness. A series of portrait drawing workshops within Leeds primary and secondary schools, including volunteer Fine Art Student coordination. Interviews with the portrait participants. Funded by ACE GftA and supported by the Tetley Gallery, with a final exhibition and talk were held here in 2015. The work was also shown in Synthesis, Manchester Science Festival, University of Leeds School of Medicine, ESA Union 105 and Warren Street Pop up space and Munroe House Gallery. Funded by ACE GftA.

 

2010 to 2014

Man Sculpture (ACE GftA funded) shown in:

Manchester Contemporary

Art of Giving, Saatchi Gallery

Hybrid: arts and science exhibition, SIAD, Sheffield

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

Charles Thackrah Building, School of Medicine, Uni. of Leeds

 

2005-2008

Northern Arts and Science Network: Chair and Organiser. Managing a group of specialist academics, organizing and facilitating seminars, exhibitions and conferences. Managing 37.5K ACE Managed Funds.

 

 

2002-2015

Wall Drawings (various commissions):

Buildings, Notting Hill Arts Club

Drawings from the Present, Leeds City Art Gallery

Walls, Leeds Beckett University

Untitled, Collect Gallery, Liverpool

Interior Space, High Royds Hospital

New Perspective, The Thread Gallery, Cambridge

Hold the Line, RBS Gallery, London

Windows, Rampton Hospital

On the Wall, High Royds Hospital