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Leanne O'Connor joins the team

1st September 2020

During the lockdown, talented new Artistic Programme Assistant Leanne O'Connor has started working with us and has already come up with exciting ideas for our artistic programme, as well as getting to grips with some of our social media posts. Here we ask Leanne to tell us more about herself...

Woman with dark, curly hair and a stripey topHi Leanne, we’re really pleased you’ve joined Meadow Arts. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

So am I! I am an artist and newbie gardener, who loves soul music and wild swimming. I graduated from Birmingham School of Art with a 1st Class Honours degree in 2018 and since then I have worked with Asylum art gallery and studios, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Living Memory Project, and British Glass Bienniale 2019. These ranged from exhibitions to residencies and talks, I have a multi-disciplinary practice - so do a bit of everything!

What kind of artworks do you make?

My practice has shifted a lot lately due to Covid-19 and now its gauged more towards collaborating with others to explore sculptural materiality and horizontal ways of working across archives and collections. As I mentioned previously, I have a multi-disciplinary practice, so I produce works that range from sculpture to documenting conversations through publications - shifting to making more digitally accessible works. When I make sculpture, I do so to explore material futures within de-industrialised areas, to explore imagined legacies inspired by oral histories; the brownfield, and photographic archives. I am working with a glassblower currently to realise a new body of sculpture within the materials of steel and glass; exploring how these materials exist in the past and present. 

Part of a stained glass classical face agaianst a blue background

Leanne O'Connor - Florence?

A sculpture that supports glass panels of folded hands   A nearly complete ring of roughly surfaced white material

Hands like Shteel and Weld-dross

What attracted you to apply to work with us?

I adore large scale works of art, I have been fascinated since I was small – as I grew up close to industry and fabrication. Through engaging with large scale works at University, I found the work of Heather and Ivan Morison – then their projects with Meadow Arts. I adored how Meadow Arts engaged with art in unexpected places, something I am keen on when I look at art. I also wanted to work for Meadow Arts as I increasingly find my practice drawn to engaging ‘non-arts audiences’, to create more accessible conversations around art. I also wanted to work with you to deliver projects that fluctuate in scale and site-specificity, that are activated through engagement with rural communities and historical places. Shows I have been particularly enthralled by were In Ruins at Witley Court and Shifting Worlds at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron because of the way the contemporary works inhabited their historical sites. 

Which artists would you love to work with?

I would love to work with Tai Shani, KT Hancock, Larry Achiampong and Permindar Kaur.

What are you looking forward to doing once all the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted?

Giving my mum and dad a hug!

Thanks for answering our questions, Leanne. It's great to have you on board.

Leanne is on Instagram @lftoc and Twitter @_steelfrau