Lesley Halliwell

Lesley Halliwell is perhaps best known for her enormous, industrious Spirograph drawings made using a simple plastic toy from her own childhood, biro pens and paper. The Alice-in-Wonderland scale transforms the Spirograph motif from something familiar into works with a contemporary sensibility while their playfulness belies the obsessive and focused application needed for their execution. In recent drawings the single cell-like forms morph, fuse and split creating kaleidoscopic structures. This in turn has led to a new series of works, which investigate in a more conscious and systematic manner, pattern and the underlying principles of mathematics and geometry. Lesley is interested in how we understand the active interchange between the outer face of an artwork and its inward facing components; be these a design, a trace or a generating framework. Biography Lesley Halliwell originally trained as a painter (BA(Hons) Nottingham Trent University, 1989) and has gone on to gain an MA in Twentieth Century Art History (Goldsmith’s College,1995) and an MA in Fine Art (Manchester Metropolitan University, 2001). Lesley is Director of Suite Studio Group, Salford and a regular Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester (2002 - to date). She is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD (NWCDTP Award holder) at MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University. Recent exhibitions include Carbon Meets Silicon, Oriel Sycharth Gallery (2015), (detail), H-Space, Bangkok & Transition Gallery, London (2014); Beauty is the First Test, Pumphouse Gallery, London (touring 2012-14); The Drawing Project, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2014); The Infinity Show, NN Northampton (2013). She has been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2010), New Contemporaries (2002) and nominated for Beck’s Futures (2003). She recently co-curated the group show Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference at CASC Gallery, University of Chester (2015).

Two Empty Hands
Casein paint, tip-ex, pencil, lacquer and silver leaf on card
21 x 30 cm
2016
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Squinch
Casein paint, tip-ex, pencil, lacquer and oxidised silver leaf on card,
30 x 21cm
2016
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The Short Cut
Acrylic and tip-ex on card,
23 x 21 cm
2016
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Good as Gold
Casein paint, tip-ex, pencil, lacquer and gold leaf on card, 
35 x 21cm
2016
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G(u)ilt I
Pencil, Metal and silver leaf lacquer, Acrylic gold size, Gold leaf and biro on paper,
40 x 60 cms
2015
Drift 
Biro and gold leaf on paper,
150 x 150 cms
2015
Envelope series (on going)
Pencil, tip-ex on found envelope
20 x 40 cms
2012
Beauty is the First Test 
3026 Minutes
240 x 300 cms
in-situ at the Pumphouse Gallery
2012
CV 

Education

2014-2020       AHRC PhD (practice based), MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University
1999-2001       MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
1993-1995       MA History of Art Goldsmith’s College, University of London
1987-1989       BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University


Solo Exhibitions

2010 All The Small Things, Grosvenor Museum, Chester
2008 Hypotrochoids, HIVE Gallery, Barnsley
2008 Time and Time Again, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale
2008 Reach, Chapman Gallery, Salford
2007 Going Straight, Otter Gallery, Chichester
2006 Tutti Frutti, BLOCspace, Sheffield
2005 Turning Circle, Taxi Gallery, Cambridge 

Group Exhibitions

2016
Tracing PAPER, PAPER, Manchester
2015
Compression Culture, Benzie Building, Manchester School of Art
Carbon meets Silicon, Expo event, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wales
Wanderlust; To Pernik With Love, Water Tower Arts Festival, Bulgaria
[detail], The Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Manifest, Manchester International Festival, Suite Open Studios
Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference, Contemporary Art Space Chester
2014
[detail], H-Space, Bangkok & Transition Gallery, London (touring exhibition)
Beauty is the First Test; Contemporary Art and Mathematics:
Clitheroe & National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
The Drawing Project, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2013
The Infinity Show, NN Northampton
Beauty is the First Test; Contemporary Art and Mathematics: R-Space, The Linen Rooms, Northern Ireland; NCCD, Sleaford; Bliston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton;
Above and Below, Yarrangall Farm, Cheshire
2012
Beauty is the First Test; Contemporary Art and Mathematics,  Pumphouse Gallery, London
Fixation, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool
Beautification Part I, Manchester Central (curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson)
2011
Cornerhouse Projects, Manchester
The Affordable Art Fair, London, New York & Brussels, Alicia David Contemporary Art
Into the Woods Today, Alvanley Cliffs, Cheshire
2010
The Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Jerwood Space, London (touring to Cheltenham, Berkshire, Camarthan and Durham during 2011)      
Wish You Were Here; An exploration into Drawing & Journeys, Bath Spa Gallery
Lines of Desire, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales
The Drawing Shed, Project Space, Leeds (PSL)
AXIS curated show, (representing the North West), The Arts Council Office, Great Peter’s Street, London
Above the Serious, Stoke Newington Library, London
At Play II, South Hill Park, Bracknell
The Conversation, Newtown Church, Chester
Making Marks, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale (drawings from the permanent collection)
2009
Pattern Recognition, City Gallery LeicesterSuperabundant: Pattern in Contemporary Art, Turner Contemporary, Margate
FRINGEMK, Catalogue Finalist, Milton Keynes
Grosvenor Open (Prize-winner), Grosvenor Museum & Art Gallery, Chester
Wrexham Open (Prize-winner) Oriel Wrecsam, Wales
Encounter, Novas, Liverpool
A42D, Group drawing show, Bloc Space, Sheffield
Sale,The Royal Standard, Liverpool
2008
Present, HIVE Gallery, Barnsley
The Baltic Frame, Arena Gallery, Liverpool Biennial
2006/7
Negotiated Positions, University College Chester
Wall to Wall, VINEspace, Bethnal Green, London
Multiples, LOT, Bristol
2005
Snowcase #5, Fold Gallery, Cumbria
Art in a Britbox, Assign, Sunderland
Focal Solo, Ruthin Festival of Contemporary Art and Light
2004
Remote Control, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
Manchester Academy of Fine Art, Salford (Prize winner)
Prospects, Tea Building, London *
1 Bic Biro, Flux Space, Issue 43, Flux Magazine
2003
We Go Round & Round In The Night & Are Consumed By Fire, Terminal Warehouse  
New York & Liverpool Biennial (2004)
Thermo 03, The Lowry, Salford
Beyond the Pale, Gallery 103, North East Wales Institute, Wrexham
2002
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Static, Liverpool, Barbican, London
Art Take Away, Cornerhouse, Manchester
Mostyn 12, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
Something Light, Gallery 103, North East Wales Institute, Wrexham 

Awards and Nominations

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) PhD Studentship (2014-20)
NWCDTP Student Development Fund, Istanbul Design Centre and Princes School of Traditional Arts research study trips (Oct 2015 & April 2016)
ACE Funding, Small Grants to the Arts, Curation of Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference, Contemporary Art Space Chester, 2014
Finalist, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2010
Prizewinner, Grosvenor Open & Wrexham Open, both 2009
Shortlisted, Comme Ca Art Prize North, 2005
Finalist, Pizza Express Prospects, 2004
Prizewinner, Michael Gourley Award, MAFA Open, 2004
Nominated, Beck's Futures, 2003
Finalist, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2002