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SHAMES: Looking Never Hurt

three teenage trauma tracks written in the time of the AIDS crisis


secrets keep us SICK

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SECRETS: The Last Five Days Of Sandra



SHAMES: Looking Never Hurt – music and audio-visual artworks examining the lived trauma of being a queer teenager growing up during the AIDS crisis. Commissioned by QUEEF Experimental for Supernormal Festival, August 2022. Winner of the British Music Collection’s LGBTQ+ Composers Open Call September 2022.

SECRETS: The Last Five Days of Sandra – performative installation co-produced with Britten-Pears Arts at Snape, Suffolk, February 2022. Currently being developed into a larger gallery space work ‘Absent Fathers’ with my niece who never knew her father (my deceased brother).

Inventory – audio description and captioned photographs revisiting former ‘sites of shame’ while in active addiction presented as beer mats in bars and cafes; University of West London’s Addiction Recovery Arts Knowledge Exchange (Sep 2022); funded by University of West London and a CuratorSpace artist bursary.

NAN KIDS – performative sound-word portraits of adults raised in kinship care at Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Deptford X Festival, Reel Rebels Radio (Hackney) and SPILL Festival (Ipswich) (Jul 2021 – Jun 2022); funded by Arts Council England and Sound and Music New Voices

Recovery: Shadows and Light – joint exhibition at SET Lewisham with Emma B. Hewitt (Mar 2022), juxtaposing our stories of addiction-related and spiritual recoveries. Through 88 visual pieces, I created 4 collections of visual works (including Inventory).

A Day In The Life Of… – artist-in-residence at Grove Park Library, part of Lewisham 2022, The Mayor’s Borough of Culture (talking heads film of library users, Jan 2022)

Pulp-Non Fiction – film with disabled artist Fiona Helen Ledger (Jun-Dec 2021), a Disability Arts Online Covid Commission 2021

The Avant Garden Drop-In Centre, The Avant Garden on Ice, Nine Sound Works Made Over Nine Days In November and Days of Future Past – four 90 minute long form audio radio works collaborating with over 30 artists and a four-day residency at Round Chapel, Hackney. (Apr 2020 – Mar 2021). Commissioned and/or selected by Hackney Historic Buildings Trust, Reel Rebels Radio, Kaamos/Datscha Radio, #WalkCreate online Gallery, CCA Glasgow’s Radiophrenia Festival, Transmission Gallery and Queer Contemporaries exhibitions, Queer Art Projects, and Squish.Rotterdam (2022)


leon clowes is a transdisciplinary artist interrogating the 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. and humour.

Portraiture by Ilmė Vyšniauskaitė (

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