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Beatrice Lee Knowles

Sculptor and Workshop Facilitator

I'm a sculptor and creative workshop facilitator/engagement artist with a degree in Fine Art from Manchester School of Art. 

My sculptors combines the use of everyday objects and some traditional sculpture techniques. I work with found, discarded or hoarded objects which I then bind together using materials such as string, tape, paint, plaster, wax and fabric; creating a sense of uniformity as well as ambiguity. My practice is viewer oriented, where I aim to create a conversation between the sculpture and its audience. So, it is important to me that the process is recognisable within the sculptures and that the viewer is able to investigate and dissect the component materials. The use of used objects within my work seeks to critically reflect on the throw-away society in which we live. By appropriating and reusing discarded objects, I give them a new lease of life that is charged with fun and surreal moments that stimulate the viewers imagination. 

I currently work as part of the learning support team at The Hepworth, supporting family and school workshops and activities within the gallery space. Currently I am a freelance engagement artist/workshop facilitator at The Tetley in Leeds and at Sheffield Museums. My current voluntary positions are with Pyramid of Arts in Leeds, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Crisis South Yorkshire and previously have been at Sheffield Mencap and Gateway and Sheffield Alcohol Support Service, all focused on creative engagement. 

As an engagement artist, my focus is on how the making process can be a platform to explore the different ways people respond to objects and materials. I also work within the gallery setting, using making based activities to engage participants with the artwork around them.