Anne-Marie Atkinson is a visual and performance artist based in Leeds and Brighton, specialising in participatory and collaborative practices. She regularly works with adults with learning disabilities, children, families, minority ethnic groups, and mental health support groups. Recent projects have included commissions from The Tetley, People Matters, East Street Arts, the Yorkshire Art Space, Leeds DEC, Leeds City Council and North Yorkshire Council. She supports participants to explore their own ideas and personal voice, create expressive artworks, work in collaboration with others, and curate exhibitions. Her work is concerned with breaking down barriers to participation in art and culture, in the belief that we all benefit when more voices contribute to our shared world.

Artist Residencies – Pickering Library and Sherburn in Elmet Library, North Yorkshire, September 2015

The Colourful Line / Feed the Imagination – Breeze (various venues), Leeds, July & August 2015

Recycled Play Sculpture – The Tetley, Leeds, July 2015

Learning Disability Week Fashion Show – St James Hospital, Leeds, June 2015

WE ARE SLATE – Slate, Leeds, April – June 2015

Painting in Time – The Tetley (Learning Studio), Leeds, May 2015

Wild Thing – The Bridge, Holbeck Community Centre, Leeds, April 2015

Part and Parcel – Amnesty International Leeds Group, Civic Hall, Leeds, November 2014

Part and Parcel – Summat New / Tidal, the University of Leeds, November 2014

ReMake Castlegate – Yorkshire Art Space, Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield, September 2014

Part and Parcel – Chapeltown Arts Festival, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, July 2014

People Matters Showcase – Arts@Trinity, Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, June 2014

Leep1 / Leeds Advocacy Fashion Show – Tiger Tiger, Leeds, June 2014

Part and Parcel – The Tetley, Leeds, May 2014

Portrait Project Leeds – The Tetley/PSL, Trinity Shopping Centre and online, May 2013

Sessions – Breeze, Leeds Art Gallery, June 2009

Selected Photography Exhibitions:

An Eye for an Ear – China House, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, March – April 2013

The Rugged Places – White Cloth Gallery, Leeds, March 2013

The Rugged Places – Killhope Museum, Weardale, Co. Durham, September 2012

An Eye for an Ear – Galerie Huit, Arles, France, July – September 2012

Your Retail Soulmate – Arts@Trinity, Leeds, May 2012

The fiction that makes us real – INC:Creative, Keighley-Bradford, March – May 2012

MA Inclusive Arts Practice (current student) from The University of Brighton (2017)

Level 3 Award in Social Purpose Education, from The Northern College (2014)

BA (Hons) Photography: First Class, from Leeds College of Art (2011)

Yorkshire and Humberside Visual Arts Network Artist Development grant (winner)

East Street Arts / Chapeltown Arts Festival project fund (winner)

Yorkshire Art Space ReMake Castlegate Emerging Artist commission (winner)

Divided We Fall Exhibition and Publication grant (winner)

IdeasTap Innovators Fund grant (winner)

Ways of Knowing in Collaborative and Participatory Research (Ways of Knowing/University of Leeds/AHRC Connecting Communities programme) conference participant

Visualising the Rural (University of Cumbria) conference presenter

Arts@Trinity Artist in Residence

Fujifilm Photographer of the Year award (winner)

The Collaborators Large Projector bursary (winner)

RedEye Printing Bursary with Rob Sara (short-listed)

Galerie Huit Open Salon (short-listed)

National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Prize (long-listed)

Commercial commissions include: Penguin Books, Reclaim the Night, Killhope Museum, Leeds Collage of Art, Republic Clothing and Talking Lens Film Productions

Working Together

6 week collaborative project with The Rocket Artists, a group of artists with learning disabilities, based in Brighton Museum: Oct – Dec 2015

What didn’t you do to bury me? But you forgot that I was a seed

Commission from East Street Arts, in collaboration with Akeim Toussaint Buck: March – June 2016. Details here.