Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place and the impact we have on our environments. Houston uses site-responsive, material specific creations to explore connections between the external atmosphere and the internal sensation within places, providing reflections on the the language of architecture and the associations we draw through memory and the senses. Much of her project installation cultivates immersive atmospheres for the spectator, often inviting them to take part or contribute to the work.

Grants and Commissions

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant (2018)
Arts Council England Research & Development Grant (2017)
Microworld (2016) Interact Digital Labs and Genetic Moo Research & Development Grant (2015) Arts Council England Artist’s Access to Art Colleges (2013) AA2A
Individual Artist Fellowship (2000-03) Digswell Arts Trust Individual Artist Grant (1999) Milton Keynes Arts Association

Selected exhibitions

2018 Venice Biennale, Minuscule Exhibition ”May you live in interesting times” Minuscule II Cross Lane projects Open 29 New walk Museum, Leicester Straightening out the petals, Leicester
2017 Walker & Bromwich: An act of Participation, Leicester
The Crash, Q Park, London
Fit the Slit, Venice Lido, Venice
EMPIRE II, Venice Biennale/ Berlin/ Brussels/ Cumbria/ London
2014 From the 12th Floor, LCB Depot, Leicester
The Fine Art Society, Curve Theatre, Leicester
OPEN 26, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
The Image is the Servant II, Hansom Hall, Leicester
In Celebration of Chinese New Year, Q Park, London
The Salon, The Salon (EC Arts), Leicester
Beauville Arts, Lot et Garonne, France
Dual, The Cutting Room, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham
MA & Other Postgraduates, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
Works of Art, Sun Street, Hertfordshire
Est.1957, Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City
Startle, The Beetroot Gallery, Derby

Awards and residencies

Year of Residence (2016) Queen of Bradgate, Leicester
Artist of the Year Award (2014) AA2A
Residue Residency (2012) Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Sponsorship Prize (2009) The Great Central Gallery

Teaching, workshops & employment

Founder and Director
Summer Art Trail, Leicester 2014-16
Director and Founder
Silver Vine Arts, Leicester, 2014-present
Founder and Director
WTS Gallery, Leicester, 2015
Artist Tutor & gallery assistant
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, 2012-present
Artist Tutor
Spinney Hill Primary School, Leicester, 2011
Talent House East Midlands Workshop
Ravenhurst School, Leicester, 2010
Art Workshop Leader
Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 2010
In-house Art Workshop Leader
Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth Garden City, 2009
Art Workshop Leader
Rhythms of the World Festival, Hertfordshire, 2008
Art Workshop Leader
North Herefordshire College, Stevenage, 2008
Arts Award Advisor
Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth Garden City, 2007

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