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Maddie Leach

Senior Lecturer

The Crafts and Fine Art
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
41137 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Maddie Leach

Maddie Leach is an artist and Senior Lecturer at HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg. Maddie arrived in Göteborg in March 2016 from Wellington, New Zealand where she was a founding staff member of Whiti o Rehua/The School of Art at Massey University. She holds a PhD by Prior Publications from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Maddie's practice follows a research-intensive approach to develop conceptual trajectories and work through questions of materiality, process and public presentation with the aim of adapting and responding to local conditions. This way of working can be identified in many of her projects such as: Lowering Simon Fraser (2019) in Vancouver, Canada; The Grief Prophesy (2017) in Gothenburg Biennale for Contemporary Art; The Blue Spring/Mata Air Murni (2015) for Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia; 28th October 2834 (2015) for Spaced 2: Future Recall in Western Australia; her permanent installation Evening Echo in Shalom Park, Cork, Ireland (2011); Let us keep together for Iteration: Again, Tasmania (2011) and Signs and Wonders Shall Appear for Close Encounters, Chicago (2010). Each project has resolved itself differently in terms of their media, modes of presentation and public engagement, however all of them share a search for the peculiar local narratives and histories that Leach uses as entry points to compose projects that inhabit the space between what is expected and what happens, between potential and actual forms.

Maddie has worked with international curators Charles Esche, Claire Doherty, Hou Hanru, Nav Haq and Mercedes Vicente; Australian-based curators Blair French, Zara Stanhope and David Cross; and with New Zealand curators Christina Barton, Natasha Conland, Charlotte Huddleston, Abby Cunnane and Bruce Phillips. She has been an artist in residence with Serlachius Museums (Mänttä, Finland); CAG Field House Programme (Vancouver, Canada); National Sculpture Factory (Cork, Ireland); International Art Space (Western Australia); Spike Island (Bristol, UK) and Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, USA).