The Artists’ Research Centre is delighted to announce the launch
of two new research fellowships

Alexandra Leykauf and Becky Beasley

in collaboration with Focal Point Gallery and Southend Museums and Libraries



Over the next 6 months Alexandre Leykauf will be working with curators, academics and archivists to develop her research into the representation of landscape and its importance within the creative imagination. Focusing on the landscape of the estuary and the history of Southend, the fellowship will result in a programme of events, talks and workshops hosted at Focal Point Gallery and around Southend, Essex.

Following a period of research in the libraries, archives and museums of Southend, Becky Beasley will a produce a new work of science fiction in response to the social and political history of Southend. The final work will be published as a limited edition and placed within the Forum Library.

More information about the artists and their plans for the fellowships can be found here.

Details of all events can be found here.


Live Library: Performing Selves
Saturday 4 March, 11am – 5pm
Tetley, Leeds
£5 (£3 cons) Book a place


A day of talks, films and performance considering the history and evolution of the performance of identity. From the early modern stage to the digital platforms of social media, the Live Library presents a spectrum of approaches to understanding how the idea of a ‘self’ is manifested in our culture. Is an individual defined by their professional activity, their financial status or their emotional state? How has society’s willingness to understand the self as a combination of these factors created new ways for identity to be expressed across these registers? What is the future for how we can present ourselves to the world and how will this affect our interactions with others?

To mark the culmination of Corin Sworn’s ARC Fellowship, artists, writers and academics have been invited to give short presentations on their work considering these and other questions, which will be followed by a conversations with Sworn about the ways these ideas connect to her own research.

Speakers incude:

Dr M A Katritzky
Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The Open University

Gil Leung
Artist and writer

Dr Elsa Richardson
University of Strathclyde

Robb Mitchell
University of Southern Denmark, Kolding

Dr Bernie Hogan 
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

William Rose
Producer, Pavillion Leeds

Image: Boo Ritson, Marilyn, 2008

ARC Recommends:

Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet: The Unnamed Room 
28 January 2017, 1-3pm
Meet at the Parkinson Steps, Leeds


Pavilion presents The Unnamed Room, a new multi-site performance by artists Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, which is based on the artists’ explorations of the suffragette movement in Leeds. The event extends the artists’ interests in early precedents of performance art, historical reconstruction and feminist histories. The event will begin on the University of Leeds campus and end at the Hyde Park Picture House with a screening of the artists’ latest film Spectacles without Objects (2016). The performance is funded by Fluxus Fund.

More information at Pavillion

Artists’ Film – Selected by Corin Sworn
Sunday 4 February, 2017. 2-4pm
Admission Free. Book here


A programme of artists’ films selected by Corin Sworn as part of her Research Fellowship investigating histories of performed identity from early modern theatre to social media.

Hannah Black, Duncan Campbell, Andrea Crespo, Andrea Dojmi, Dan Graham, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Martine Syms, Emily Wardill

Image: Emily Wardill, Ben, 2007 Courtesy of LUX

Performance and Artists Film Programme – Selected by Corin Sworn
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2017


Over the first weekend in February as part of her ARC Fellowship, Corin Sworn will be presenting a performance work as part of the Performance and Uncertainty international symposium at Tetley Art Gallery produced by Kiff Bamford and Harold Offeh.

Sworn will also select a film programme to be shown at the Tetley on Sunday 5 February, 2-4pm as part of her ongoing research into the performance of identity. Tickets for both events can be booked here.

Artists’ Talk
Thursday 5 January 2017, 6.30pm


ARC Director, Ben Roberts in conversation with Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldock at PEER talk about their new collaboration and touring exhibition Love Life I.

Fellowship Performance: Corin Sworn & Cara Tolmie
Wednesday 30 November, 7pm


A performance by Sworn work presented as part of her Fellowship that dismantle, reconstruct and reconfigure a group of materials and memories they have collected, investigating forms of narrative and their relationship to time and context.

Part of celebrations to mark the Tetley’s third birthday the evening will include speeches by Arts Council England’s Director of Yorkshire, Michelle Dickson and Chair of The Tetley’s board, Gerald Jennings.Enjoy rum cocktails courtesy of Appleton Estate and birthday cake, courtesy of Street Lane Bakery, followed by music in the Bar & Kitchen until late!

Congratulations to Cara Tolmie on her 2016 Hamlyn Award.


Delighted to be working with Cara Tolmie and Corin Sworn on their performance as part of Sworn’s Research Fellowship.

Corin Sworn Leeds Fellowship: Launch Event
Wednesday 9 November, 2-4pm


Launched at the Tetley Gallery Corin Sworn’s Fellowship began with a range of presentations from research partners and artists in Leeds. The Fellowship will run until March 2017 with events and workshops throughout. See below for more details.

Details of future events can be found here.


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