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Dr Loraine Leeson - Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts

 

Dr. Loraine Leeson is a visual artist specialising in the social practice of art and runs modules in Art Practice and the Community in the Department of Fine Art. She is also director of the arts charity cSPACE, Senior Research Fellow at University of Westminster and recently Fulbright scholar in residence at University of Washington Tacoma, invited to help develop the outreach aspects of their creative courses. Her current research focuses on the role of art in bringing community-based knowledge into the public domain.

Loraine is particularly known for her work in support of the campaigning communities of London’s Docklands in the 1980’s, and her later use of digital media and the Internet to explore collective creativity. A retrospective exhibition celebrating thirty years of her practice toured Berlin, London, Toronto and Dublin 2005-08, while The Catch public artwork involving three hundred local children was voted a London 2012 Landmark. Her recent Young Person’s Guide to East London involving four hundred teenagers was recognised by a Media Trust Inspiring Voices award and an Olympic Inspire Mark. The Active Energy project has involved six years creative work with The Geezers Club at an AgeUK centre in East London, exploring the contribution that older people can bring to the development of new technologies. In 2012 this extended into the US through a residency involving a seniors’ group in Pittsburgh at the Mattress Factory museum of installation with results shown at the Feminist and... exhibition, curated by Professor Hilary Robinson. Work continues with the development of a new design for a tidal turbine, first tested in 2013 in the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Loraine Leeson’s research in the University Repository

Our Land: creative approaches to the redevelopment of London’s Docklands

Leeson, Loraine (2017) Our Land: creative approaches to the redevelopment of London’s Docklands. International Journal of Heritage Studies . ISSN 1352-7258 (Accepted/In press) ...

The Docklands Community Poster Project and other creative approaches to regeneration

Leeson, Loraine (2016) The Docklands Community Poster Project and other creative approaches to regeneration. In: Top down meets bottom up in post-industrial regeneration: Good practice and challe...

Art practice and the community

Leeson, Loraine and Duman, Alberto (2016) Art practice and the community. In: Art as Social Action. Allworth Press, NY, New York. (Accepted/In press) ...

Active Energy

Leeson, Loraine (2016) Active Energy. In: Feeding the Insatiable: a creative summit, 09-11 Nov 2016, Dartington Hall, Devon, England. ...

The art of the state

Leeson, Loraine (2016) The art of the state. In: The World Transformed, 23-27 Sep 2016, The Black-e, Liverpool. ...

Big money is moving in, Docklands Community Poster Project and posters from the East London Health Project

Leeson, Loraine and Dunn, Peter (2015) Big money is moving in, Docklands Community Poster Project and posters from the East London Health Project. [Artefact] ...

Bred and born - a reflection

Leeson, Loraine (2016) Bred and born - a reflection. In: Four Corners - 40 Years of Film in the East End, 2 July 2016, Whitechapel Gallery. (Accepted/In press) ...

Interview with Margaret Harrison and participation in roundtable discussion

Kokoli, Alexandra M. and Harrison, Margaret and Farkas, Rózsa Zita and Leeson, Loraine and Maple, Sarah (2016) Interview with Margaret Harrison and participation in roundtable discussion. In...

Collaborative art activism – a UK perspective

Leeson, Loraine (2016) Collaborative art activism – a UK perspective. In: Public Exposures: the art - activism of condé + beveridge (1976 - 2016), 27-29 May 2016, OCAD University, Toronto. ...

Conceptualism/feminism/cultural activism

Leeson, Loraine (2016) Conceptualism/feminism/cultural activism. In: The Practicing Feminist, 21 May 2016, Tate Britain. (Accepted/In press) ...

Active Energy: Three Mills - hydrocitizenship open workshop

Leeson, Loraine (2016) Active Energy: Three Mills - hydrocitizenship open workshop. Hydrocitizenship. ...

Cultural policy of the GLC

Leeson, Loraine (2015) Cultural policy of the GLC. In: A Greater London: the GLC story 1981-8, 2 Dec 2015, The Rag Factory. ...

Active energy - London: capital / climate / culture

Leeson, Loraine (2015) Active energy - London: capital / climate / culture. In: Deadline@Tate, 4-6 Dec 2015, Tate Modern. ...

Community politics of the GLC (Greater London Council)

Leeson, Loraine (2016) Community politics of the GLC (Greater London Council). In: How to Do It, 9-10th Apr 2016, King's College London, UK. ...

Community collaborations 1978-2015

Leeson, Loraine (2015) Community collaborations 1978-2015. In: Community Arts? Learning from the legacy of artists’ social initiatives, 01 Nov 2015, The Black-e, Liverpool, United Kingdom. ...

Community arts? Learning from the legacy of artists' social initiatives

Leeson, Loraine (2015) Community arts? Learning from the legacy of artists' social initiatives. In: Liverpool Biennal, 9 July – 16 October, Liverpool, United Kingdom. ...

Lambeth floating marsh

Leeson, Loraine and Rai, Nithin and Iles, Henry (2015) Lambeth floating marsh. cSPACE. ...

Giving more than you take: Dr. Loraine Leeson in conversation with Marianne Springham

Leeson, Loraine and Springham, Marianne (2015) Giving more than you take: Dr. Loraine Leeson in conversation with Marianne Springham. In: The Tetley Feast: Documentation and Critical Reflection...

East London Health Project

Leeson, Loraine (2015) East London Health Project. In: Storming the Citadels?: changing attitudes and frameworks to arts practices sf research in community contexts, 25 July 2015, Birkbeck Univer...

Citizen innovation: DIY design and the Thames water turbine

Leeson, Loraine and Light, Ann (2014) Citizen innovation: DIY design and the Thames water turbine. In: Creative Citizens, 18-19th September 2014, Royal College of Art, London. ...