Loraine Leeson

Senior Lecturer

Visual Arts

Middlesex University

art practice and the community, fine art, socially engaged art, social practice, community arts, practice-led research, research supervision

Dr. Loraine Leeson is a visual artist who works through social engagement. This specialism underpins her role as programme leader for MA Art and Social Practice and module leader for the exit degree BA Fine Art Social Practice in the Department of Visual Arts - also her previous appointment as Fulbright Scholar in Residence at University of Washington Tacoma, where she introduced community engagement into its programmes. Loraine is director of the arts charity cSPACE, and chair of the strategy group Arts for Labour plus the film and video production and training centre Four Corners. Her research focuses on the role of art in social change through bringing community-based knowledge into the public domain. She is particularly known for her work in support of the campaigning communities of Lomore...

Phd in Art, Communities and Social Change: excavation of a socially situated practice, University of Ulster, 2009.

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  1. Leeson, Loraine (2019) Art as a tool for social change: The Docklands Community Poster Project and its legacy. In: Royal l Docks l Works, 22 Jun 2019, The Good Hotel, Royal Victoria Dock, Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1FA.
  2. Leeson, Loraine (2019) Participation and collaboration in contemporary art practices. In: Construir complicitats: Pràctiques artístiques col·laboratives [BUILDING COMPLICITIES: Collaborative artistic practices], 30 May 2019, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona. (Accepted/In press)
  3. Dunn, Peter and Leeson, Loraine (2019) Docklands Community Poster Project. [Artefact]
  4. Leeson, Loraine (2019) From photo-murals to water wheels: a role for art in strategies of change. In: For Walls with Tongues: an oral history of Street Murals 1966-1985, 14 May 2019, University of Greenwich, London, UK.
  5. Leeson, Loraine (2018) An Art of Change - photomontage 1977-2017. In: Photomontage Then and Now, 20th Sept 2018, Four Corners, 121 Roman Road London E2 0QN.
  6. Leeson, Loraine (2018) Water power: creativity and the unlocking of community knowledge. In: Water, meaning and creativity: understanding human-water relationships. Roberts, Liz and Phillips, Katherine, eds. Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management . Routledge, pp. 23-35. ISBN 9781138087668
  7. Leeson, Loraine (2018) Silvertown and North Woolwich - past and present. [Show/Exhibition]
  8. Leeson, Loraine (2018) The operation was successful but the patient died. Patricide, 1 (1). pp. 7-12.
  9. Leeson, Loraine (2018) Situated art practice and strategies for change in London’s East End. In: Symposium: Communalities, Urbanities and Artistic Commonalities, 05 June 2018, Birkbeck University of London, London, UK.
  10. Leeson, Loraine (2018) Interview for "The NHS: A People's History". BBC, BBC FOUR.