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Kayleigh Handley


Kayleigh Handley is an artist, performer, maker &

events organiser.

Kayleigh Handley is an artist, maker & events organiser.

Currently based in Glasgow,

Kayleigh previously studied Sculpture at Wimbledon (UAL) and Leeds College of Art.   

As a live artist, she has presented work both as a solo performer, and collectively as a former member of The Ahhhness of Things collective. Presenting works across the UK, including; The Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Camden People's Theatre (London), Artsadmin (London), East St Arts (Leeds), Spill Festival (Ipswich) & The Hat Factory (Luton). She has also performed in the works of multiple artists including; Amelia Pica, Sarah Pierce, Lygia Clark, Emily Roysden and Zipora Fried.    


Kayleigh has organised events across the arts, as an individual and formerly as the Marketing & Events Co-ordinator (Gulliver's Social Enterprise Cafe, Glasgow), and an Artsadmin Youth Board Member (London). 


Working across multiple disciplines, Handley is currently expanding her portfolio across; clothes and costume-making, furniture and props, and photography.  

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Art Practice:

Through the formation of scenarios and game-like tasks, Kayleigh Handley’s practice seeks to reflect upon the temporal physicalisation of artist into artwork, performer into character and audience into participant. Examining audience interactions of the wider arts sector, including; music, theatre and comedy audiences, Handley aims to test the roles of artist and audience within the gallery situation. She devises performances, drawings and video works activated by the viewer’s interaction, with the intention of momentarily immersing the spectator within the work. Handley seeks to explore parallel lines of interest in social behaviours and the performative aspects of everyday situations by providing platforms which frame the movements and behaviours of others acting within her works. While embracing this more collaborative system of working, Handley is beginning to relinquish her role as choreographer and operate herself under the instruction of others.