Meme Compilation

I've been making short animations of some of my recent sculptures to post on instagram, looking at the quick and lo-fi methods used to make memes. This is a compilation of my favourites.

'Don't We all Play the Same?' Workshop at tate Modern

An experimental workshop at Tate Modern where children with learning difficulties worked  in groups with students from Kingston . Each group was given a workshop and a set of materials, the idea being to make work in the gallery beside the artworks and to explore ideas and materials together. What seemed most important was that the activities served  as an excuse to spend time together to spend time in the gallery and play. This is part of a year-long research project aimed at developing Tate Schools and Teachers SEND offer. It will also be used to develop ideas for the Tate Summer School later this year.

Animated Gifs made for Skelf Art Feast 2017

OBJECT WORKSHOP with Jo Addison at Kingston School of Art

A week-long workshop for first year Fine Art students at Kingston School of Art, including group making and discussion sessions. 

Object Workshop Instructions

Starting points for the Object Worksop:

1. Make/find something which can make a sound.
2. Put your hands together and make an object.
3. Make an object with 7 folds.
4. Cut something 27 times.
5. Make an object without looking.
6. Make an object behind your back.
7. Make an object with chopsticks or similar.
8. Write a list of things that aren’t really objects.
9. Make something out of a single sheet of paper.
10. How small is too small?
11. Glue two things together to make one.
12. Interview an object.
13. Find a picture in a book and turn it into an object.

Tuning Up with Steven Cornford at the Barbican

The forth outing for our performance for helium balloons and harmonicas in the Barbican's Curve Gallery for Sound Unbound festival 2017.

Please Do Not Touch - SEND Study Day 2017 Tate Britain

A workshop for teachers and other professionals working with young people with SEND. When planning the workshop the Tate team were keen to emphasis that participants should be encouraged to use the gallery in whatever way they wanted. Make yourselves at home, make as much noise as you like, but please do not touch. The workshop developed from the premise that the first thing any young person with SEND wants to do is touch and that  this would in many instances be the best way for them to engage with the work. How can we get as close as possible to the work in the galleries without touching? In groups participants were sent off with materials to devise games to play in the galleries and share these with each other. They also used video to create tours of the galleries and of artworks using super close up, trying to find new ways of engagement.  

Peer Session 71: Bill Leslie and Kate Squires


Presented work at Peer Session 71 on October 19th 2016 with Kate Squires. Great evening, lots of people came and the discussion was really exciting and useful. I had made a new three projection assemblage of much of the work I have made over the past year. I was really please with the outcome and I think this will be a way of presenting the work that I should explore further. 

Brighton Photo Fringe Participation 16 Project

These are the results from a series of 5 workshops with different groups in Brighton during September/October 2016. Each workshop asked a different question, related to my research. Participants were asked to create sculptures using different materials and take photos of them. The results are our answer to the questions. Printed on 6x3ft board they were displayed in the centre of Brighton.

Drawing on Film - Workshop at Tate Summer School

I was asked by Anna Lucas to run a 16mm workshop over a day and a half as part of the Tate Summer School 2016. We started the day with a warm up activity. We played an early 16mm negative film on a projector, then reeled the film out across the space (the whole 100ft) and I asked the 30 participants to colour the film using sharpies. They had about 4 ft each. Every couple of minutes I asked them to swap. The idea was to cover as much film as quickly as possible. We then fed the end of the film into the projector and it dragged across the space as it was projected. This is the result.

Some of my Sculptures Move From Left to Right

Some of my sculptures move from left to right from Bill Leslie on Vimeo.

This was the film that resulted form the shoot using the Canon C3000 and motorised slider. It was shown at the 'Research in Focus' exhibition at KU.

Shooting objects with Canon C3000 and slider

Working in the film studio with the Canon C3000 crewed by fine art undergraduates. We were trying to find ways for objects to enter and leave the frame. Initially I thought that pairing the super high definition camera with some obviously hand operated revolves and slides would be interesting, but the quality of the image meant that wobbly movement looked really circumspect. We spent a lot of time with a motorised slider to create shots where objects smoothly moved across the frame. The slider was only 1m long which restricted what we were able to shoot in order for things to enter and leave the frame. Larger objects had to be cropped close, but the results were amazing. The clarity of the images with the perfect smoothness of the pan are very enticing. Being able to make out all of the surface texture in the small plaster pieces feels intoxicating.

Methodology Workshop with first year Fine Art Students at Kingston University, London

I ran a two-day methodology workshop which became known as 'Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained'. Students were asked to bring in a piece of work - something they weren't entirely sure about, something unfinished or that had been hanging around for a while. They paired up and swapped artworks without explanation and spent 10 minutes quietly looking at and considering each others work. After 10 minutes they had to return the work to its owner with an instruction or task that would develop the piece and had to be completed within an hour. The brief was to try and stretch each other as far as possible. If it was an object, make it a performance, if it was a film, make it a drawing etc... After the hour we regrouped, changed partners and repeated.

At the end of the second day we made an impromptu exhibition,