About

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, their interviewees include Billy Bragg, Vic Reeves, Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park), Bob Hardy (Franz Ferdinand), Jimmy Turrellthe Cornshed Sisters, and Kelly Richardson.

Leigh has been a trustee for contemporary dance company Fertile Ground since 2018, acting as Interim Chair for a time and appointing Malgorzata Dzierzon and Renaud Wiser as new artistic directors. They are also a partner at Slope Design, Community Leader of the Minimalists Newcastle group, and have worked with several local and international animal rights advocacy organisations. Leigh has given talks on different areas of their 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. Leigh talks about minimalism and individual action in a full unedited interview with Shift and Signal curator Dr Alex Lockwood

Leigh was also a guest on The Art Of Interesting People podcast, talking about minimalism, Newcastle, film and more with host Connor McNicholas.

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

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