Art House Open Lecture – Leah Gordon

Monday 15 November 2021

Meadow Arts and the University of Worcester’s Fine Art department are pleased to present their seventh season of contemporary artists’ talks. Some of the most exciting contemporary artists currently making work in the UK will talk about their artwork, ideas and the processes they use, in talks taking place either at The Art House studios or online (selected talks).


Talks take place on selected dates at 4:30pm. Each artist will present their work, there’ll be an ‘in conversation’ session with them and Meadow Arts or the University of Worcester’s team and then there’ll be a space for public questions.

In the third talk of the series, Leah Gordon will talk about the different aspects of her practice and the themes within it.

Leah Gordon (born 1959 Ellesmere Port) is a photographer, film-maker, curator and writer. In the 1980’s she wrote lyrics, sang and played for the feminist folk punk band, ‘The Doonicans’. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade, the enclosures, industrialisation and grassroots religious, class and folk histories.

Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK and the Norton Museum of Art, Florida as well as broadcast on Channel 4, Arte and PBS. Her photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published in June 2010. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Art’ at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; on the curatorial team for ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, UCLA and was the co-curator of ‘PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince’ at Pioneer Works, NYC in 2018 and MOCA, Miami in 2019. In 2015 Leah Gordon was the recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.