Approved: 09.08.2007

Yvonne Carmichael

Consultant, Curator, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Project manager

Approved: 09.08.2007

Yvonne is an artist and curator based in Bradford. Yvonne graduated from Leeds College of Art and Design in 2006 with a First Class BA (hons) degree in Art and Design Interdisciplinary. In 2013 she was awarded AHRC funding to complete her MFA at University of Leeds. She has curated a number of exhibitions in empty shop units and public spaces as Director of Community Interest Company Art in Unusual

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Artist Statement

Yvonne is an artist and curator based in Bradford. Yvonne graduated from Leeds College of Art and Design in 2006 with a First Class BA (hons) degree in Art and Design Interdisciplinary. In 2013 she was awarded AHRC funding to complete her MFA at University of Leeds. She has curated a number of exhibitions in empty shop units and public spaces as Director of Community Interest Company Art in Unusual Spaces.  She is part of Black Dogs and in this art collective she has worked on projects and exhibited at MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), SWG3 Gallery (Glasgow) and at No Soul for Sale at Tate Modern (London).  Internationally she has undertaken a 4 month artist residency at Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (Italy) and has spent 100 days working on a number of the 'Activated Projects' at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (Germany).  Yvonne has delivered artist talks and workshops on Foundation, BA and MA level in curation, peformance and new media at different institutions including Bradford College, Leeds College of Art, York College, Liverpool john Moores, University of Leeds, Leeds Met and Leeds City College, For up to date information about Yvonne's curatorial and artistic practice please visit

CV & Education

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

2013 Chore-ography videos and Poundland is a Girls Best Friend photographs exhibited at Pop-in York, a show curated by York College foundation students. As part of York Museum's Trust's Bruce Nauman - Artist Rooms programme.
2013 The Ballad of the Rawson Sisters video screened at Art Party Conference, Scarbrough
2013 The Ballad of the Rawson Sisters video screened as part of The Hanover
Project's Video Festival at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
2013 Retail Aesthetics exhibition at 38b, as part of Peckham Artist Moving
Image festival (PAMI)
2013 Screening of 'The Ballad of the Rawson Sisters' at Manchester Dance Consortium's Platform 0.3, Piccadilly Place, Manchester
2013 'Chore-orgraphy' exhibition, As Part of Saltaire Arts Trail
2013 'Chore-ography' commission / exhibition as part of Corners exhibition at Gallery II, University of Bradford.
2012 'Poles: The Garden of Unwanted Gifts and A Dose of Christmas' Part of Winterreise, Minerva Works, Birmingham. Installation with Black Dogs, commissioned by MAAP.
2012 'Retail Aesthetics; Mannequins in the Mills' Window exhibition and performance, Pop-up & Handmade in Bradford
2011 'A Display of Values' exhibited in 'Next to Nothing' - Black Dogs +44 0141 Gallery, SWG3, Glasgow
2011 'Next to Nothing' by Black Dogs, an exhibition in The Light Shopping Centre
2011 'Saltaire Food Map: A Tasty Way to Navigate Saltaire's History' exhibition as part of Saltaire Arts Trail, Bradford
2010 'MK 2morrow: One Small Step for Milton Keynes' Black Dogs, Milton Keynes Gallery
2010 Saltaire Cat Map: The Lives of Others’ Pets, Saltaire Arts Trail, Saltaire, Bradford
2010 Audio Almanac: LIVE!, Black Dogs installation and performance, SUPERNORMAL, Oxfordshire
2010 Audio Almanac: LIVE!, Black Dogs installation and performance, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes
2010 Audio Almanac Party, Black Dogs record-release event, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
2010 Bankside Views, Black Dogs commissioned event for Tate Community, Tate Modern, London
2010 How Not To Sell your Soul at NSFS, Black Dogs installation at No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London
2010 Black Lab, collaborative autonomous artistic knowledge production project, Green Sand Foundry, Leeds

2009 DIY Survival Kit Live, Black Dogs performance for Leeds Summat, University of Leeds, Leeds
2009 Contents May Vary's Antifreeze, Manchester, As part of Black Dogs.
2009 'Gym Eat Work' screened as part of ‘Salon’ group show, Temporary Art Space, Halifax
2009 Tower Works: The Italian Connection as part of artist collective Black Dogs’ public art commission by MAAP, Arts and Business and Yorkshire Forward on the Tower Works Site in Leeds
2009 'Gin-Art Manifesto' exhibited as part of A Series of Arbitrary Constraints, group show curated by Something Visual, St John’s Church, Leeds
2009 Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, invite-only exhibition by commission in Chapeltown Ukranian Centre, Leeds

2008 September 42 New Briggate Archive exhibited as part of LIME exhibition at Leeds Central Library
2008 DIY Survival Kit, Black Dogs publication launch event for LIME, Leeds Central Library
2008 June Gym, Eat, Drink, Work film screened as part of Black Dogs’ Eggs, Flour, Milk, Cheese exhibition.
2008 May Love Capital commission to accompany Romeo and Juliet (installation plus artist book)
2008 Dose of Summer, Black Dogs public intervention event for Light Night, Leeds
2007 September Saltaire Open House Arts Trail - Yours Arms Project.
2007 October Dancing Market Researchers, Light Night – As part of Black Dogs Street Activity
2007 Bring us Your Arms Bradford, Your Arms! Street Installation/workshop, STIR Festival, Bradford
2007 May Artist House, Holbeck Urban Village, Holbeck, Leeds interactive drawing and multimedia installation
2006 October Unidee in Progress, Cittadellarte, Biella, Italy Your Arms Project research
2006 April The Reliance, Leeds, April B&W medium format photography of Armley Mills, Leeds.
2006 May - June SIDESHOW festival Nottingham, resourceCITE archive plus audio art work commission
2006 September Waygood International Art Fayre, Newcastle, Exhibition of resourceCITE archive.

Selected Curation and Organisation of Events and Exhibitions

2011 Curation of 'As Seen from the Wings' exhibition at Mint Hotel Manchester
2009 - 2011 Curator / Programmer for Art in Unusual Spaces since December 2009 co-ordinating exhibitions in Leeds Shopping Plaza, Leeds Corn Exchange, The Light and 42 New Briggate working with local and regional artists to create accessible and interdisciplinary group shows.
2010 Curator of 'Drawing Time' Event at Leeds Corn Exchange
2010 'Artist in Residence' exhibition at Mint Hotel (formerly City Inn Leeds) with photographer Giuseppe Lambertino
2007 - 2009 Curator of 42 New Briggate
2010 Curation of 'Opera North at 25' exhibition at Mint Hotel, (formerly City Inn hotel), Leeds
2008 Curation of Matter of Fact, 42 New Briggate to accompany Opera North’s Shakespeare season with the Cottingley Fairies.
2007 Co-curation of other shows linking with Opera North’s productions have included: Marcus Coates, Andy Lock, Gayle Chong Kwan, and Dinu Li.
2007 Organised the 42 New Briggate independent summer and co-ordinated two residency series.
2007 July – September The summer program had 150 participating artists, 20 volunteers, and an audience tally of 1700 people.
2006 September In Prima Luogo, Turin, ‘La Festa dei Vicini.’ The Festival of the Neighbours
2005 May The Strawberry Tart Trail guided walk event.
2005 May Part of team which organised Oxfam Art Auction at Leeds College of Art.


2013 Short Artist Film Making, Leeds College of Art
2012 Paul Ryan's Pavilion, dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel - Drawing, Photography & Movement.
2011 Bransholme Banner Workshops, North Point Shopping Centre & Highlands Primary School - NHS Hull
2008 June Bradford Mela, Fabric Art Tent – drop in drawing/games workshop for families.
2007 November Book Making Workshop - Leeds College of Art and Design w/BA (hons) students
2007 July Drop in drawing workshop, Stir Festival, Centenary Square Bradford.
2006 November Interactive exhibition ‘Your Arms’ – Artists House, (HUV), & Holbeck Gala
2005 May Burmantofts Walk, Leeds Participatory guided walk taking residents and visitors
around a deprived area of Leeds.


2010 Networking Artist Networks A-N grant for Black Lab project
2008 Arts@leeds funding for 42 New Briggate summer activity
2007 Arts@Leeds funding for 42 New Briggate to host the independent summer art activity.
2007 Arts Council England award as an individual for the development of Your Arms! Project.
2006 Networking Artists Networks A-N grant for resourceCITE British Art Show 6 tour.
2006 Leeds Visual Arts Forum award for best design for LVAF marketing umbrella design with Lucy Gibson.
2005 Sales person of North award – Harvey Nichols Leeds.

Arts Residencies

2010 & 2012 Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn, Elterwater, Cumbria as part of Black Dogs
2006 July – October Unidee Residency, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy A four-month residency open to international practitioners that intends to develop a ‘socially responsible’ art practice.

Recent Employment
2013 Project Manager, Media and Arts Partnership (MAAP), Leeds
2013 Project Manager (Barnsley LIFT & Ashgate Medical Centre Public Art Commissions) Beam, Wakefield.
2013 Teenage Art School Workshop Leader, York Museums Trust, as part of the Bruce Nauman Artist Room's Programme
2012 (June - September) Project Activator, Paul Ryan's Pavilion, dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany
2008 - date Associate Lecturer – BA(Hons) Art and Design Interdisciplinary Leeds College of Art
2011 Location Manager for 2.8 Hours, pervasive city wide game & performance, Slingshot (Bristol)
2009 – date Programmer for Art in Unusual Spaces
2011 Arts Technician, 'Blooming Marvelous' exhibition, part of Grassington Festival
2010 Community Researcher / Artist - as part of the LIFT arts programme NHS Hull
2009 – 2011 Curator – Mint Hotel (now Double Tree by Hilton)
2009 Arts and Regeneration Project Officer for Light Night Leeds - Leeds City Council
2008 – 2009 Project Manager – Opera North Projects
2009 Art workshops – The Friday Night Project, South Leeds Sports Centre.
2006 - 2008 Curator and Manager - 42 New Briggate Gallery, Leeds
2007 - 2011 Learning Support Assistant (NVQ Horticulture, BTEC Art and Design, BTEC ICT and Entry level Literacy and Cookery.) - Shipley College, Bradford City Council
2007 - 2010 Specialist Mentor (Autism and Mental Health) – Equality Services, University of Leeds
2007 Gallery Assistant - Project Space Leeds (PSL)
2007 Youth Support Worker - Arts and Regeneration Dept, Leeds City Council
2007- 2008 Studio Assistant – Bryan and Laura Davies Ltd, Artist House / Patrick Studios, Leeds
2007 Film-maker/Documenter – New Work Yorkshire
2007 - 2008 Gallery 37 Plus Curator - Art and Regeneration, Leeds City Council
2007 Selector for the Leeds Open exhibition – Leeds City Art gallery (July 2008)
2007 Tour guide and Volunteer Manager - Situation Leeds festival May 07
2004 - 2006 Visual Merchandiser/Sales Assistant – Harvey Nichols, Leeds and Manchester

Presentations/ Teaching/ Mentoring

Artist Talk, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, York College
Guest Lecturer, Bradford College
Guest Lecturer, BA(Hons) Photography, Leeds City College
Guest Lecturer, BA(Hons) Art and Design Interdisciplinary, Leeds College of Art
Artist Talk, Park Schönfeld Academy, Kassel
Readers' Circle 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts Performative Notebook Reading, Fridericianum, documenta13, Kassel
Guest Tutor, BA Fine Art & MA Artist Teacher, Liverpool John Moores University
Guest Tutor: Shrinking Cities, BA Interior Design, Leeds College of Art
Guest Tutor: Negotiated Study, BA Photography, Leeds City College
Presentation at Temple Works and 42 New Briggate for Netherlands Foundation for Visual Art BKVB, about Art in Unusual Spaces and also a contribution to Black Dogs Buffet.
‘Professionalisation in Art’, Black Dogs talk, Artachat, The Roxy, Edinburgh
Presentations about Art in Unusual Spaces - Cultural Partnerships - Leeds College of Art
Graduate Seminar - Leeds Metropolitan University
Presentation about Art in Unusual Spaces with ArtSpace LifeSpace (from Bristol) - 42 New Briggate
'Getting Beyond Networking' Loca, The Watershed, Slaithwaite
Arts Mentoring (part of Find your Talent), working with young people - Pavillion, Leeds
Presentation about Art in Unusual Spaces to councilors and property developers at Project Space Leeds.
Guest Lecturer, Foundation Degree, Leeds College of Art
Guest Lecturer, Fine Art Department, University of Leeds .
Open2knowledge conference, Thessaloniki (Greece). Screening and presentation.
‘Nurope’ Art Philosophy and Enterprise conference, Biella (Italy) Presentation.
‘Lifeworkart’ Baltic, Gateshead, Hosting of student professional development workshop.
‘Mobility’ Conference at Metal House, Liverpool - presentation of resourceCITE archive.


2011 - 2013 MFA Fine Art, University of Leeds
2003 - 2006 BA (Hons) Art and Design Interdisciplinary Class I
Leeds College of Art
1999 - 2001 Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School
A-Levels: Art – A, Geography – A, Chemistry – B, French (AS) – B
GCSEs: 8 A*-A, 1 B.

Additional Training

2011 Introduction to Visual Merchandising and 3-D Display
2010 Mental Health training – University of Leeds
2008 Deaf and BSL Awareness – Shipley College
2006 Participation in the Arts’ Course - Artworks, Bradford
2009 Autism Awareness training – University of Leeds

Member of Board of Trustees for Artworks Creative Communities (Bradford)
Member of Black Dogs since 2007