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Leila Houston

Fellowship:  May 2003 – February 2007 Farmhouse

Artform: Fine Art

Leila transfers temporary situations, as well as ongoing patterns from personal experience into a form of visual analysis.

A certain sense of colour and contrast used in the work proves to hold a confident beauty which has an essence of a much darker interpretation.

Conceptually the work explores notions of home, relationships and institutions while reflecting under currents of life and living.

One can see there is a subliminal coded language repeatedly appearing in her photography or collages. These illustrate a continually evolving method of communicating.

Perhaps one can see from her editing, that while she is mapping her own identity with visual and coded language she also references social struggles.

 

Education:

2006: Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design – essential guide to marketing

2005/6 University of Hertfordshire – Artist means business

1999-02 Nottingham Trent University – BA Contemporary Art: 2:1

1996/97 Manchester Metropolitan – BA Printmaking (not completed)

1996/97 University of Central England –Foundation Art & Design – Merit

 

 

Exhibitions & Art Related Events:

2006 Art adviser – ongoing exhibitions in restaurant – Sun Street, Hitchin, Herts

2005 ‘AAF’ exhibitor, Battersea, London

2005 ‘Worx of Art’, exhibitor, Sun Street, Hitchin

2005 ‘Est 1997’, exhibitor, New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City, Herts

2005 ‘Transference’ exhibitor, The Place, Letchworth, Herts

2002 ‘Startle’ Open Platform event, The Beetroot Gallery, Derby

1999 ‘Out of Depth’ solo show – funded by Milton Keynes Association, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire

 

Other related works:

Leila has worked on various projects working with primary school children in Stevenage and from 1996-1998 facilitating workshops with people with disabilities.