Louise Adkins

Louise Adkins


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    Louise Adkins is an artist and researcher based in the UK. Her practice explores the intersection between performance and the documentation of historical events. Working across photography, creative writing and drawing she investigates the relationship between cultural and historic narrative; recent histories, collective memory, and the documentation of momentous events.

    She often works with collections, archives, libraries, and heritage sites and is interested in the performative possibilities of these sites and their histories.

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    Louise Adkins in an Assistant Professor (Postgraduate) School of Art & Design and AsPIRE Research Fellow in the Centre for Arts Memory and Community at Coventry University.

    In 2021 she completed a PhD by Practice funded by an Amanda Burton Scholarship in the School of Fine Art, Art History & Cultural Studies at University of Leeds. Her PhD Thesis, On Smoke and Fog Performance Revisioning Remembrance and Reclamation critically evaluated a series of art residencies working with heritage sites and archives. Practice research under the title Notes for a Performance - Weather PermittingNotes for a Performance - Revisioning a Smoky Meeting  and Notes for A Performance - Revisioning a Ritual looked to establish performance art practice as a vital means of engaging with heritage sites, collections, and archives. 

    Selected Exhibitions &  Performances.

    2023. ON SMOKE. Photographic series and film working colaboratively with Jonathan Purell (UCLAN). Proforma/Begehungen 40 Residency Chemnitz, Germany. 

    2023/22. INHALE pause Exhale. Drawing. Studio 2 Gallery, West Yorkshire & Manchester Contemporary Art Fair.

    2019/20. Notes for a Performance – Weather Permitting. Extreme Views Artist in Resident. Art Gene, Barrow & South Lakes Archive Service.

    2017/19. Notes for a Performance – Revisioning a Smoky Meeting. Artist in Resident. The Tetley Contemporary Art Gallery & West Yorkshire Archive Services, Leeds, The Holden Gallery Manchester &  Temple Bar Gallery Dublin.

    2018. ON SMOKE. Photographic series. Ruskin Gallery Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin Unversity.


    2018/19.  Notes for a Performance – Weather Permitting 
    Wild Pansy Press, University of Leeds. ISBN: 978 - 1 - 900687 - 77 - 5. Featured original performance scripts and commissioned texts by artists Stuart Bastik.

    • Exhibited at artist book fairs, PAGES, The Tetley, Leeds; Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; and Espai Barra de Ferro, Barcelona, Spain.

    2018. Notes for a Performance – Final Draft   Wild Pansy Press, University of Leeds. ISBN: 978-1-900687-72-0. Featured original performance scripts and commissioned texts by artists Pavel Büchler, Dr Nick Cass.

    • Exhibited at artist book fairs, PAGES, The Tetley, Leeds; Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; and Espai Barra de Ferro, Barcelona, Spain.

    2017. Pages – In the Library. Wild Pansy Press in Association with The Tetley. University of Leeds.

    2026. Made in Translation. Manchester Metropolitan University Press.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Fine Art, Doctorate, On Smoke and Fog: Performance Revisioning, Remembrance and Reclamation, University of Leeds

    1 Oct 20171 Dec 2021

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2021

    Fine Art - Performance , MA, MA Fine Art/Performance, University of the Arts London

    1 Oct 19971 Oct 1998

    Award Date: 1 Oct 1998

    Textiles, Degree, BA (Hons) Textiles, Manchester Metropolitan University

    30 Sept 19911 Sept 1994

    Award Date: 1 Aug 1994


    • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR


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