Aviva Leeman’s practice meshes fine art and design approaches; at the intersection between physically interactive installation art, public art and participatory strategies, and methodologies rooted in graphic/informational design.
Concerned with how notions of ‘public’ manifest in physical realities and everyday language, Leeman is driven by a desire for communal engagement. Her work offers opportunities for playful interaction and contribution, with communication an underlying theme. Text as spectacle is a recurring device.
She has shown work and developed commissions for galleries and nongallery contexts in London and beyond; including at Hatfield House, the Pump House Gallery, County Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and Norwich Castle Museum; with a first solo show in 2011 at University of Hertfordshire Galleries at the Museum of St Albans. She also has experience working on residencies for community organisations and in schools.
Educated at Camberwell College of Art and the Royal College of Art, Aviva is currently researching a practice-based PhD project at Central Saint Martins, researching the use and reception of the written word in spatio-temporal arts practices – in particular installation and participatory strategies – and how the materiality of the text affects our construction of meaning.
Alongside her practice, Aviva combines a part-time role managing London Gallery West at the University of Westminster with freelance work in exhibitions, arts education and advocacy; with experience in public art projects, ‘widening participation’ initiatives, arts administration, award schemes, and teaching. Since 2008 she has also run a fledgling press, designing and producing bespoke shortrun letterpress commissions. She is Mum to Dexter (b. ‘10) and Felix (b. ‘12).
Avvia is the last artist to show in the Hasler Gallery as part of this project. Her design journey, inspired by the collections of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, will be documented on this site soon.