About

 

Claye Bowler (b.1995) is an artist living and working in West Yorkshire. His work explores the archive - the body as an archive, hoarding as archiving, and looking at the political priorities of history. He is interested in how queer and trans narratives specifically have been perpetually hidden, erased or destroyed. 

Bowler uses sculpture and performance to subvert these practices in his own practice as well as creating space to showcase and support other queer and trans artists in Yonder - a residency programme and project space based in their own house and in the remote location of Slaithwaite. It offers a safe space to work as well as a retreat into nature. 

 

More recently, Bowler’s work has focused around the isolation of lockdown paired with the physical transition of their body: the lead up to surgeries and the violence of the (stalled) wait involved under the diminished funding and care of the NHS.

 

Claye has a strong connection to sound and music, this is used throughout his performance work, experimentation with his voice and field recordings as well as in traditional folk singing. He is one of the Young Curators for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and is the Musical Director of Yorkshire Trans Choir.

I use he/him pronouns only.

 

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

2020

- Queer Contemporaries, AIR Gallery, Manchester

2019

- Restricted Access, Kin, Huddersfield (also curator)

- Inspired Huddersfield, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

- Enclosed, KiN, Huddersfield

- Save Ryebank Fields, Link Gallery, Manchester

- 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

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

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

Education

2015 - 2019

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

Awards

2019 

- Chancellors Prize - University of Huddersfield

2014

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

Related Experience

Current

- 2020 - Sculpture Network Member - Yorkshire Sculpture International

- 2019 - Young Curator - HCMF//, Huddersfield

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

- 2019 - Programme Assistant - The Tetley, Leeds

- 2018 - Musical Director - Yorkshire Trans Choir, Leeds

- 2013 - Support artist - Spiral Arts Collective, Derby

2019

- YSI Activator - Yorkshire Sculpture International, Wakefield

- Co-founder & 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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