For Chris, the decision to start a degree at the age of 31 in Art & Design was the start of a new career

Chris Harman graduated from our previous degree course, BA (Hons) Art & Design Interdisciplinary in 2009 with a First Class degree. Chris explains how during the course his work “began to consider subjects such as family life, sociable art, architecture, material and the actions required to create”. This in turn sparked an interest in den building. As an artist and collaborator, Chris wanted others to enjoy creativity through den building and realised the opportunities that taking this work into a school setting provided. 

Chris taught in secondary school for one year after graduating and whilst in school created a den building workshop that can be delivered in a variety of settings. This area of Chris’ work uses dens as a tool to teach essential life skills that are often lost in the curriculum, alongside the opportunity to have fun, work as a team and be creative.

Since leaving University Chris has delivered over 300 den building workshops to a range of participants in settings including schools, prisons, festivals and galleries. He has also planned and delivered after school art workshops, over 30 kite building workshops and a school project to design an outside classroom learning space. His work with young people has also led to work for Breeze International Youth Festival, a photography project for teenagers in Halton Moor Community Centre, which went on to be exhibited at Temple Newsam, Leeds.

Chris currently has two ongoing residencies with arts@trinity (Holy Trinity Church, Leeds) and Leeds City Gallery. Chris has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Leeds City Gallery, Bates Mill and Holy Trinity. He is currently working on an exhibition for Holy Trinity and a collaborative installation at Leeds City Gallery. His future ambitions include organising a ‘den building festival’, to find out more about Chris and his work, visit: