The Tetley

Artists’ Research Centre Fellowship

NOVEMBER 2016 - MARCH 2017

As part of a new collaboration between the Artists’ Research Centre (ARC), The Tetley and the University of Leeds, artist Corin Sworn has been awarded the first ARC Fellowship focusing on ideas of performance, politics and popular culture.

Running from November 2016 – February 2017, the ARC Fellowship & renowned artist Corin Sworn will use the fellowship to continue her investigations into forms of early theatre, the ways in which travelling performers took on multiple identities and their relationship to audiences. She will explore the significance of the space and contexts of traveling entertainments. In particular the evolution of these ideas, through the ways in which they have become manifested in contemporary culture via development of social media and mobile screens.

Sworn’s work will be showcased with a range of events including talks, screening and performance produced in collaboration with ARC. The fellowship will culminate with a symposium hosted in collaboration with the University of Leeds in February.


Saturday 4 March 2017, 11am – 5pm
Live Library: Performing Selves

Tickets £5 (£3 Cons)

How do we project ourselves in public and how do others see us? What is the difference between your online and offline self?

This day of talks, live performance and film will look at the history and culture of identity in society to ask if an individual is defined by their professional activity, their financial status, their emotional state or creative output? How has society’s willingness to understand the self as a combination of these factors created new ways for identity to be expressed all theses spheres?

Finally what is the future for how we can present ourselves to the world and how will this affect our interactions with others? To mark the culmination of Glasgow based Corin Sworn’s Artists’ Research Centre Fellowship in Leeds, a group of artists, writers and academics have been invited to give presentations of their work, considering these and other questions. Following the presentations the speakers will be in conversation with the artist to discuss how their work relates to her creative practice.

Speakers include:

Corin Sworn, Artist
Ben Roberts, Director, Artists’ Research Centre
Dr M A Katritzky, Open University
Robb Mitchell, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding
Dr Bernie Hogan, University of Oxford
Dr Elsa Richardson, Queen Mary, University of London
Gil Leung, Artist
William Rose, Producer Pavillion, Leeds

This event will be live streamed at


About The Artist

Corin Sworn

Corin Sworn (b. 1976) lives and works in Glasgow. She studied a BA in Psychology at University of British Columbia, Vancouver; a BFA at the Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver and an MFA at The Glasgow School of Art. Sworn creates films and installations deeply rooted in research, weaving together history with memories and fragments of true and imagined stories. Recent exhibitions include: a solo exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2014), 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), The Rag Papers at Chisenhale Gallery (2013), Art Now: Corin Sworn at Tate Britain (2011) and The Foxes (2012) was exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale. She won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2013- 2015.

Artists’ Research Centre

The Artists’ Research Centre (ARC) was founded in 2016 by Ben Roberts as a curatorial framework enabling collaboration between artist, university and gallery based in London and operating across the UK.