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Visiting Artist’s Talk – Simon Le Ruez

Simon Le Ruez, Ausblick, 2015. Photo: Colin Davison.

Simon Le Ruez was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, and lives in Sheffield, UK and Berlin, Germany. His practice blurs the divisions between a number of mediums. However he remains most clearly defined as a sculptor and installation artist.

After undergraduate study in London Le Ruez obtained an MA in Sculpture from Winchester School of Art (1995). A period developing his practice back in London followed, after which he moved north to Sheffield as a means of devoting more time to his work. In recent years, in addition to his individual practice, his work has developed to embrace collaboration, most notably with the artist Maud Haya Baviera in the making of video works. His third solo exhibition with Vane Gallery, UK ‘The other side of you and me’ opened in April 2015 following ‘This is where we meet’ in 2011 and ‘When the Quarry Calls’ in 2007. In 2012 he was commissioned by the Northern Art Prize and Logistik to make a work for the public realm, the resulting piece was exhibited in Central London during the time of the London Olympics and now belongs in a private collection. In 2009 he was nominated for the Northern Art Prize and was the overall winner of Cube open in Manchester which resulted in an exhibition of new work and the invitation of a solo exhibition and residency at Cube Gallery the following year.

The venue for the talk is Lecture Theatre A (Room 2.23) in the Houldsworth Building (Engineering), University of Leeds. Directions to the venue can be found online here.

The VAT series hosts talks by an exciting range of arts practitioners from around the world every Wednesday afternoon 14:00-15:30 during teaching weeks.

All of our talks are compulsory for all Fine Art students but open to anyone else who would like to join us.

Image credit: Simon Le Ruez, Ausblick, 2015. Photo: Colin Davison.

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