Leon Clowes is a transdisciplinary artist interrogating distance of memory and the space of sounds and words.
Using autoethnography, self-compassion and Brechtian techniques,
Leon's creative practice is informed by lived trauma.
Portraiture by Ilmė Vyšniauskaitė (www.ilmevysnia.com)
Recent + Upcoming
The Last Five Days of Sandra – work-in-progress commissioned by QUEEF Experimental (Birmingham, UK) (Nov 2021); development residency with Britten-Pears Arts (Suffolk) (Feb 2022)
Nan Kids – piloted at Deptford X Festival (July 2021); commissioned by SPILL Festival (Ipswich) (Oct 2021); Sound and Music Creative Seed Award winner; funded through an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant
The Avant Garden Drop-In Centre @ Round Chapel, Hackney – audio collage of 20 artists (UK, Mar 2021)
The Avant Garden on Ice – audio collage of 14 artists, Reel Rebels Radio (UK, Jan 2021); Kaamos/Datscha Radio (Finland/Germany, Feb 2021)
Nine Sound Works Made Over Nine Days In November – Reel Rebels Radio (Nov 2020); Orbit Instagram Artist-in-Residence (Jan 2021)
Days of Future Past – Reel Rebels Radio (Apr 2020); Transmission Gallery and Queer Contemporaries exhibitions (Sep 2020); CCA Glasgow’s Radiophrenia Festival (Nov 2020); #WIP exhibition by Queer Art Projects (Oct 2020 – Jan 2021); Squish.Rotterdam (2021)
Audio trailer for upcoming trauma trilogy.
Clowes, L. (2019) Got any gay music? London’s “anti-gay” queer clubs 1995-2000. Stahl, G. and Bottà, G. (eds.) Nocturnes: popular music and the night. Lincoln: Palgrave Macmillan.
Clowes, L. (2018) Soft Cell: redefining the synth-pop prologue. In: Beaven, Z., O’Dair, M. and Osbourne, R. (eds.) Mute records: artists, business, history. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
Clowes, L. (2017) How can you sing a song if you have no voice? Disabled musicians, activism, technology and the authenticity of creativity. Riffsjournal.org [Online].