About

Leigh is an artist based in Brisbane / Meanjin.  Her works and installations merge drawing, painting, sculpture and projection, perpetually investigating the potential of medium beyond the traditional.  Leigh is strongly influenced by notions of stimulating an activation towards a better sense of being as part of nature.  Her work explores the process of looking, seeing, and experiencing with a fascination for dualities of fragility, endurance and resilience in the search for hope.

Immersing herself in the materiality of process, favouring expressionistic, playful narratives over realism, Leigh explores intuitive mark-making as a response to contemplated conflicting histories, discovered stories and personal experience.  The act of giving in and responding to subconscious feelings informs her making.  The textures, shapes, lines, patterns and human-like traits that instinctively appear in Leigh's work aim to enliven potential for re-imagination and reparation.  In her ongoing research, Leigh aims to deeply evaluate her connection with the landscape using decolonisation methodologies, as a non-indigenous Australian artist. 

 

​Currently undertaking her Masters of Visual Arts at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University; Leigh also shares art experience to encourage awareness and engagement through her successful tuition studio and as an active collaborator on community projects.

Leigh pays respects to the traditional owners of the unceded lands on which she lives, visits and creates as well as Elders past, present and emerging.  She is committed to growing her own understanding of legacies surrounding deep indigenous bio-cultural knowledge to respectfully inform her practice.

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Currently:

Undertaking Masters of Visual Arts, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

Founder of Road 2 Art studio gallery, Holland Park, facilitating classes, workshops and exhibitions with over 50 students attending per week (from age 6 to adults).

2020

Grim Life Class Traditionalism, Group exhibition curated by Dr Bill Platz and Emma Gardner (deferred due to COVID-19)

Design concept of a memorial garden for victims of domestic violence, Coorparoo, coordinated by Qld Government, Joe Kelly MP

Curated various Road 2 Art group exhibitions

2019

Curated Road 2 Art Annual Exhibition - exhibiting my artwork alongside students

Commenced post graduate studies at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

2018

Unity Multicultural Art Event - interactive woven art installation first time in Australia

Unity Event art display - exhibitor

Community Murals for Camp Hill Bowls Club with Southside Artists Inc

ANON fundraiser exhibition

Artwork exhibited and auctioned for Scarlett May Foundation Charity Event

Curated Road 2 Art Annual Exhibition - exhibiting my artwork alongside students

2017

Exhibiting & online finalist Rotary Art Spectacular Exhibition, Brisbane

Exhibiting finalist Petite Pieces Exhibition, Aspire Gallery Brisbane

Black and White Exhibition, Aspire Gallery Brisbane

Art Coordinator - Community Australia Day Event in Holland Park

Project Manager – Celebrate Community Photo Competition Greenslopes

Artwork exhibited and auctioned for Scarlett May Foundation Charity Event

Curated display and exhibited at 125th celebrations for Coorparoo School of Arts

Community art & finalist for Urban Smart Projects in Holland Park, Bulimba & Wynnum

Community Pole Project, Bulimba Memorial Park (public painting project)

Exhibiting & sales at Southside Art Market April / December

Curated Road 2 Art Annual Exhibition - exhibiting my artwork alongside students

2016

Exhibiting & online finalist Rotary Art Spectacular Exhibition, Brisbane

Community Pole Project, Bulimba Memorial Park (public painting project)

Art Coordinator of Live Art Station/Display, Community Australia Day Event Holland Park

Curated Road 2 Art Annual Exhibition - exhibiting my artwork alongside students

Exhibiting & sales at Southside Art Market April / December

Community art and finalist fuor Urban Smart Projects in Holland Park & Greenslopes

2015

Bulimba Festival Art Hub – providing art activity and live artwork station

Live Art Hub - Community events Greenslopes over 6 week period

Curated Road 2 Art Annual Exhibition- exhibiting my artwork alongside students

2014

Founded Road 2 Art Brisbane – creative hub offering studio styled art workshops and classes for children, teens & adults

Artwork for Holland Park State School graduation including branding & invitation design, large scale exterior mural and an interior painting

1999 – 2013

Sole exhibitor for ongoing exhibition at Theodores Bar, Brisbane CBD

Churchie Emerging Art exhibition

Community Mural design concept and painting working with Yr5&6 students of an 80sqm Holland Park State School Brisbane

Extensive travel overseas and within Australia

1998

Graduate Exhibition - Arts Academy Brisbane - 9 artworks

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member Flying Arts Alliance

Member NAVA

Association Secretary & Member of Southside Artists Inc (NFP group supporting local fine arts projects & events in the community) - paused 2020

Education:

2019 to present, Master of Visual Arts, Queensland College of Art (Griffith University), Brisbane

1997-1998, Arts Academy Brisbane, Fine Arts studies majoring in drawing & advanced studio practice (Honours)