We are delighted to announce Harry Leek as the second recipient of the DLWP x Flatland Curatorial Fellowship.

Harry Leek is an arts worker with a specialism in artist support and studio practice. Harry is currently Residency Producer at Somerset House Studios, an experimental workspace for artists in the centre of London supporting up to 70 artists at any one time to develop new projects and collaborations, where he delivers the artist residencies and development programmes. Harry holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of the Arts London, and recently completed a Curatorial Ideation course at the Node Center for Curatorial Studies.

Coming from a less traditional academic background, Harry is interested in alternative curatorial models and approaches, and is curious about the systems in which art is produced, and how we may shift focus from final outcomes and bolster the processes around how work is made. Through his practice, Harry is keen to emphasise and explore the ways creative programmes can facilitate collective experiences and learning, while creating space to build meaningful peer-to-peer connections and relationships.

Past projects have included devising and delivering Somerset House Studios’ Community Building and Artist Development programmes, comprising talks, workshops, and skillsharing sessions, aiming to create a framework for artists to connect and develop ideas. Other projects include The Artists’ Fair – a recurring programme at Somerset House consisting of an artist-led market and talks series centred around artists lives, considering the peripherals of what defines artistic practice, how livelihoods and income streams intersect, and how artists fund and support their work.

The Curatorial Fellowship comes at a pivotal moment in Harry’s practice, bringing his work to a new context within the Bexhill area. During the 6-month fellowship, he plans to deepen his curatorial experience whilst connecting with local networks, initiatives, and artists.

Photo: Harry Leek by Nina Manandhar

Posted by sally on Friday 10 May 2024