Artist, Curator, Writer, Fundraiser & Events Producer

David McLeavy is an Artist, Curator, Writer, Fundraiser & Events Producer based in Sheffield, UK.

As an Artist, he works in a range of ways including sculpture, text and installation. He is currently working on his debut film, which explores the intersections of endurance sport, mental health and chronic illness.

As a Curator and Producer, he is currently working on a number of independent projects and exhibitions, along with being the Head of People & Partnerships at Active Fusion, the Founder and Editor of the web platform YAC | Young Artists in Conversation and the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Our Big Picture. 

Between 2022 - 2024 he was the Events Manager at the South Yorkshire based charity Paces, between 2021 - 2022 he was the Curator at Absolutely Cultured leading on the artistic programme at Humber Street Gallery, Hull and between 2017 - 2021 he was the Director of the contemporary arts organisation Bloc Projects, Sheffield. 

As well as working with artists to build exhibitions, he works on a series of independent projects ranging from artist mentoring, organisational consultancy, devising and delivering monitoring and evaluation frameworks and advising on professional development programmes for creatives. 

Previously he was also the Co-Founder of the cycling clothing and lifestyle brand Curbar with artist James Clarkson, 1/3 of the curatorial group Basic Channel, Co-Director of the international residency and exhibition programme Picnic Picnic with Pippa Cook and an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. He was also the Chair of Trustees at Turf Projects, Croydon, and is currently on the advisory board for PINK, Manchester. 

Prior to focusing on curatorial projects, he made work as an artist exhibiting widely across the UK and in some instances internationally. 

A full CV & portfolio is available on request.

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