About

 

I am an artist living and working in West Yorkshire. My work explores ‘the archive’ in many different senses -  body as archive, memory as archive, and looking at the ways that we collect and archive institutionally, socially and personally. I am particularly interested in who is seen as valuable enough to archive, and what is it of their life that is seen as relevant enough to archive. Simultaneously, who is not worthy of documenting - whose lives and which communities are being forgotten, or purposely hidden.

I often work with collecting, recording & ‘archiving’ my own experiences, that of a disabled, queer & trans person to subvert the ways that people like me are are not held as valuable, important or with admiration.

I use they/them or he/him pronouns only.

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CV
 

Solo Exhibitions

2018

- Value in the Personal - University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

- Reykjadalur Valley (Window Residency) - KiN, Huddersfield

2017

- ​Same (Residency) - Arboretum Park, Derby

Group Exhibitions

2019

- Restricted Access, Kin, Huddersfield (also curator)

- Inspired Huddersfield, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

- Enclosed, KiN, Huddersfield

- Queer Ways of Being, 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield

2018

- Novus, Wharf Chambers, Leeds

- TDOR, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds

2017

- ​Fabricating Image, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

2016

- Migrations (workshop exhibition), University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

- Archival Interventions, Heritage Quay Archive, Huddersfield

- Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate

- Stonewall Season, London

- Inspired Huddersfield, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

2014

- Making Marks, Derby College, Derby

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Talks/Performance

2019

- Before you get home - Double Okay Group - Reading

2018

- About my practice - University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

- LGBTQ+ Christmas Cabaret, Small Seeds, Huddersfield, Huddersfield

2017

- 100 years of Queer Art (Lecture) - University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

- LGBTQ+ Halloween Cabaret, The Corner, Huddersfield

- Oxjam, Mavericks, Huddersfield

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Publications

2019

- Moor Accessible

- Value in the Personal

2018

- Queer Easter Zine 2018

- Peachfuzz Zine #2

2017

- Queer Easter Zine 2017

2013

- DF Zine #10

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Education

2015 - 2019

University of Huddersfield - Textile Practice: Textile Art - BA(Hons) - Upper First Class 

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Awards

2019 

- Chancellors Prize - University of Huddersfield

2014

- New Creatives Award - First Prize - Derby University, Derby

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Related Experience

Current

- 2019 - Young Curator - hcmf//, Huddersfield

- 2019 - Founder & Director - Yonder Gallery, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield 

- 2019 - Programme Assistant - The Tetley, Leeds

- 2013 - Support artist - Spiral Arts Collective, Derby

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2019

- YSI Activator - Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSP), Wakefield

- Studio member - KiN Artist Collective & Project Space, Huddersfield

2018

- Visitor Experience Team - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

- General Assistant - Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

- Collections and Gallery Assistant - Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland 

- Millinery & Embroidery Assistant - Philip Treacy London, London

2017​​

- Learning & Curatorial Assistant - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

- Archival Assistant - Knitting & Crochet Guild, Huddersfield

- Learning Volunteer - The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

2016

- Workshop Leader - Inspiring Huddersfield, Huddersfield

2014

- Ceramic Assistant - Mary Johnson Ceramic Artist, Derby

2012

- Workshop Leader - National Citizenship Service (NCS), Bradford

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 © 2020 Claye Bowler

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