TO OBSERVE:TO LISTEN:TO LEARN:TO TAKE PART
(please note: so that I can post regular updates, my blog is unedited, independent from dyslexic support).
I am really pleased and excited to say Arts Council England have given me some funding to support this work.
Science museum, London. Research of a ripple machine using sound.
V & A, London. Researching figures in porcelain
Currently I’m working on 4 areas relating to a project currently named ‘In search of Genuine.’ A development of this work will be shown in August at City Festival (Leicester) with a workshop attached and in late November.
Alongside the project, there is consultation with experts in digital tech, physics, environmental sciences, biology, mental health, audio, critiques, museum and gallery visits.
Through the journey I am really excited to be receiving artist mentoring from John Newling. John taught me, 1999- 2003, on my degree at Nottingham Trent in Contemporary Art. The Contemporary Art degree was a course that was dripping in intensive learning, reading, making, discussion and regular exhibition. There were 4 areas of dance, performance, sound and visual arts. We had brilliant, serious tutors in their field who were highly acclaimed writers, thinkers, performers and makers, who we could all book in and see. I specialised in sound and visual art and John was extremely inspiring and supportive throughout my studies. John is an international artist whose work interests me – as there are social political elements I can relate to in some way. It's going to be interesting talking again.
I am also receiving regular artist support to help with my ‘too many ideas’ and will be helping me with the curation of the work from Two queens member/ studio holder Daniel Cowlam.
There will be another update soon regarding the actual work I'm making and developing. Three is a lengthy thought process. The list however is:
TO OBSERVE:TO LISTEN: TO LEARN:TO TAKE PART
Unfinished studio portrait
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Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.