About

This site includes writing produced for Sentient Media, Plant Based NewsNarc Magazine, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology and Scran on the Tyne.

Based in North East England, Leigh has worked across the region’s culture and heritage sector since 2009. Responsible for the direction and development of the revived Jarrow Hall museum and heritage site from 2016 to 2021, Leigh previously directed operations at the iconic Tyneside Cinema from 2009 through a period of historic redevelopment.

Writing since 2013, he has enjoyed interviewing Billy Bragg, Jim Moir (Vic Reeves), Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park), Bob Hardy (Franz Ferdinand), Jimmy Turrellthe Cornshed Sisters, and Kelly Richardson.

Leigh is Chair of the Board of Trustees for contemporary dance company Fertile Ground, the North East of England’s repertory touring dance company. A trustee since 2018, Leigh has acted as Deputy and Interim Chair during his time with the Company, appointing Malgorzata Dzierzon and Renaud Wiser as new artistic directors

He is a partner at Slope Design, Community Leader of the Minimalists Newcastle group, and has worked with several local and international animal rights advocacy organisations. Leigh has given talks on different areas of his work at universities, community events, and the world’s largest vegan camping festival.

Leigh was a guest on episodes seven and eight of Shift and Signal, a series of eight aural narratives exploring deeper adaptations to contemporary social, economic and environmental crises, and talked about minimalism and individual action in a full unedited interview with Shift and Signal curator Dr Alex Lockwood. He was also a guest on The Art Of Interesting People podcast, talking about minimalism, Newcastle, film and more with host Connor McNicholas.

In 2021 Leigh wrote and produced a show for the Slack’s Radio residency at The NewBridge Project, speaking to Ben Hunt about his online performance work and his research into performing arts and trauma in the animal rights movement.

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