Ms Leila Galloway

Job: Senior Lecturer Fine Art

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Research group(s): Fine Art Practices Group

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6697




Personal profile

I concentrate on unraveling possible meaning through the handling of materials. In this way I refuse to separate concept from object, allowing ideas to co-exist within a methodology that is practice-orientated, where problem-solving informs intention and vice versa.  My work exists between two modes of thinking: the traditional conception of sculpture and installation / site-specificity; the first surrendering to the modernist tradition and the latter as a continuation of the deconstruction project - ‘the expanded field of sculpture’.

Phases could be used to describe and contextualise much of the work.  They can look like red poisonous Regency wallpaper, or green velvet suburban lawns, but these phrases never fully explain what physically exists.  The work relies on fragments of memory or feelings from a particular event, or several at once.  The final objects are references and triggers for the spectator.  These are spaces where anxiety and pleasure, irritation and lust, transition and stagnation jostle each other.  The concept of duality is central to my work and an attention to detail through the repetition of tiny forms creates a feeling of obsessive thoroughness, which contrasts, with an anarchic sense of a loss of control.  The inability to perceive the work as simple stable objects and the creation of a sense of frozen flux are qualities pervading in my work.  Making a visual promise of movement, one which can never be fulfilled, brings the objects to the brink of a motion which would destroy them.

My interest in states of flux: as translations of various physical states and the way things flow in relation to fleeting moments of suspension is echoed in the work of Catherine Malabou, a philosopher who works with neuro-scientists.  Her term ‘plasticity’ questions oppositional logic in using the term to conceive of a between-state, of the fluid and the solid.  Both at once: capable of fixity, yet liable to explode at any moment; simultaneously stable and unstable.  Malabou’s whole point is that we can do politics with the brain, because the brain (properly understood) can be a model for a viable political system.  Her notion of plasticity offers potential for reshaping or reforming our society through trans-differentiating into new and potentially freer, more open and more democratic socio-political forms.

Research group affiliations

  • Fine Art Research Group

Publications and outputs 

Click here to view a full listing of Leila Galloway's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

2009, co-curated with Andy Price a research project which included an exhibition, a performed talk, a seminar, website and a catalogue.  The exhibition ‘The Thought of Stuff’ was held at the Royal British Society of Sculptors and included established artists Alison Wilding, Jonathan Callan, Wayne Lucas, Adam Gillam, alongside emerging artists Esmeralda Valencia and Jack Strange.  The performed talk ‘Stuffed Pepper’ arose from an encounter with the exhibition which was performed by Elizabeth Rosser and staged at the Shipwright’s Palace, Deptford, London.  A catalogue was produced to assist the exhibition, which included images and a brief text from all the artists involved, together with an introduction essay and an essay ‘Making-Do in Dyson’s Graveyard’ by Chris Mazeika.  To accompany the exhibition and performed talk, a seminar was hosted at the RSBS, chaired by Sam Thorne (Associate Editor of Frieze), lead by the researcher and Adam Gillam.  Among the attendees were graduate students from the Royal College of Art, DMU and the Royal Academy.  The whole project was recorded and can be found on the website

Research interests/expertise

  • Fine Art
  • Installation/Sculpture 
  • Aesthetics 

Areas of teaching

  • Fine Art
  • Sculpture, 
  • Contextual & Professional Studies


  • 1986, B.A. Hons (Sculpture) Fine Art Manchester Polytechnic
  • 1991, MA Fine Art (Sculpture) Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • 2012 Post Graduate Diploma, Aesthetics and Visual Art, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University

Honours and awards

  • 2010 Revolving Investment Fund, DMU 9k (seed funding to develop mittencrab)
  • 2008 MacDonald Egan Award, Ghost Trade and the Spectre of Change London, Deptford X.
  • 2005-6 Award Holder (£37,977 for a Research Fellow - Annie Catterell), AHRC/Arts Council funded Arts and Science Fellowship exploring the use of Rapid Prototyping from Magnetic Resonance Imaging through Contemporary Sculpture.
  • 1994 Boise Travel Scholarship (Italy) 6 months of travel.
  • 1990   The Hope Scott Trust (Major Award).
  • 1989 The Scottish Arts Council Assistance Grant.
  • 1987 The Sellena Goodnough Memorial Award.
  • 1986 Hellers Award.

Conference attendance

Other forms of public presentation

  • 2010  ‘Saying No” Artist in Residence, a collaborative residency with Sophie Hope for Deptford X, (curated by artist Mark Tichner).  We asked - How do we enact the freedom to dream, do different and rebel, despite or as part of the struggle to survive?  By working with residents of the Crossfields Estate in Deptford, we created an ethnography of creative acts of rebellion and freedom in the everyday.  Through conversations with the residents, we collated stories and anecdotes of ordinary creative acts of resistance to routine, dominant and expected norms of living in the community.  Our findings were published on a website: and a CD was produced and distributed to the whole estate.
  • 2011 Fleating Resonance, Group Show, Julia Bardsley, Wayne Lucas, Jacquie Utley, Gill Addison, St Paul’s House, Deptford X. 
  • 2010 Sept 2010 ‘Saying No”   Artist in Residence with Sophie Hope for Deptford X.
  • Sedia (group show), Barga, Fossiandora, Lucca, Italy.
  • what we am (solo show), Maude Mc Cann Gallery, London.
  • The Thought of Stuff, Royal Society of British Sculpture & Master Shipwrights Palace, London, performed talk by Elizabeth Rosser called ‘Stuffed Pepper’ exhibition; Alison Wilding, Jack Strange, Jonathan Callan, Wayne Lucas, Esmeralda Valencia & Adam Gillam, (Co -Curated with Andy Price).
  • 2008 Hold, Welding Shed, Creckside, Deptford X  London (Solo Exhibition supported by DMU and MacDonald Egan).
  • 2007 RECENT FRUIT, McPherson Gallery SE10, Group show with Deepa Chudasama, Janet Currier, Gemma Cossey, Kathryn Place.
  • 2004 Doubtful Pleasure, Harold, Works Deptford, London (supported by Arts Council of England, A.H.R.B and DMU).

Externally funded research grants information

2005-6 Award Holder (£37,977 for a Research Fellow - Annie Catterell), AHRC/Arts Council funded Arts and Science Fellowship exploring the use of Rapid Prototyping from Magnetic Resonance Imaging through Contemporary Sculpture.

The project was a collaboration between Professor David Wimpenny from the Faculty of Computing Sciences and Engineering at DMU and Dr Sarah Wayte from Walsgrave Hospital NHS Trust in Coventry.  The aim was to explore the implications for both art and science of the application of Rapid Prototyping (RP) in creating representations in contemporary sculpture from Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans.  The project clearly demonstrated the potential in using medical scan data as the basis for contemporary sculpture and gave a new insight into the body, which prompted a re-evaluation of the representation of the sculpted body, heralding questions and new definitions about the boundaries of the personal, the intimate and the gaze

Internally funded research project information

Thought of Stuff, RIF, Exhibition, performed talk, a seminar, website and catalogue,  July 2010, co-curated: Andy Price, DMU Fine Art.


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Hold (installation shot) 2008

'Somewhere Between', mixed-media, 2011

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