Curator's Choice 2018

01 January - 30 June 2018

Curator’s Choice continues its Wunderkammer-like investigations into curating the fairy tale. This term’s highlights include ice sculptures, printed globes, entomologically-accurate fairies and exquisite corpses. 

The Curator's Choice exhibitions are on display at our Blenheim Walk building by appointment only. Please contact Catriona McAra, University Curator, to make an appointment at or 0113 202 8263

Currently Exhibiting

Belinda Ayres

Belinda Ayres recently graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art at Leeds Arts University. Her practice is deeply invested in colour, often casting kitsch and whimsies to create shrine-like assemblages.

Image: Belinda Ayres, Put wood in ‘ole, 2017. Jesmonite, found objects, artificial flowers and acrylic paint.

Samantha Rose Harker & Tomas Harker 

This exhibit will feature an experimental collaboration between Fine Art student Tomas Harker and his mother Samantha Rose Harker who practices as a doll-maker. Their installation develops Tomas’s interests in the Chapman Brothers’ work. 

Image: Tomas and Samantha Harker, Cat-Doll, 2017. Assemblage. 

Coming Soon

Robert Powell

Robert Powell is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art specialising in detailed hand-coloured prints. Drawn to the macabre and the arcane, Powell’s visual narratives present a labyrinthine imagination. For Curator’s Choice he plans to exhibit a series of globes as an alternative form of map-making.

Image: Robert Powell, The Mechanical Egg, 2017. Hand coloured etching.

Carol Sowden

Carol Sowden is an environmental artist and maker. She recently graduated with a Distinction from the MA in Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University, and is now part of the recently formed TCL Collective. Her practice engages with organic forms and the theme of transient beauty.

After her Elemental Harnessing exhibition, Carol Sowden will appear as part of Curator’s Choice from April 2018. This new body of work is experimental and process-based, developing her masters research.

Image: Carol Sowden, Ice Form November 2017. Frozen water, charcoal, plant roots and monofilament. Image reproduced with kind permission of the artist. 

Recently Exhibited

Tessa Farmer

Tessa Farmer is primarily known for her entomologically-accurate fairies and taxidermy installations. She last showed at Leeds Arts University in 2015, working with the University Curator on an edited book ‘In Fairyland: The World of Tessa Farmer’ (Strange Attractor Press, 2016).

Image: Tessa Farmer, Nymphidia detail, 2011. Butterfly, tree roots. Image reproduced with kind permission of the artist.


  • 01 January - 30 June 2018
  • Blenheim Walk, Leeds Arts University, LS2 9AQ (by appointment only) (Get Directions)