Ashleigh Bowmott is an Arts Producer and Facilitator.
Her interdisciplinary and socially-driven practice positions art as a catalyst for connection and perspective exchange. She creates artworks, curates events and situations, produces the artworks of others, and facilitates workshops and educational networks. Each of these practices inform and blur into the others, all acting as drivers for seeking alternative pedagogies and methods for increased collaboration between people and the world we inhabit.
Bowmott's work is made up of playful, caring engagements around feminism, class, motherhood, food, the environment, housing, materiality, and the possible futures that link these. Much of her work is performance based and participatory; collaborating with citizens to explore and shape their surroundings.
Bowmott is one half of duo Eke and Bowmott. Their shared preoccupation is a collective rethinking of everyday life which is manifested through bookworks, performance lectures, objects and events. Their interest in equity, collectivity, civic responsibility, and trust positions art as a form for community building and belonging.
She is also a member of artist collective Tracing the Pathway. Together they explore the relationships between body, site and encounter. They produce site or situation-specific interdisciplinary artworks with a critcal focus.
Bowmott sees her curatorial practice as an extension of her artistic practice, taking on notions of hosting and care (curare) as vital to a sustainable and ethical arts practice. Her curatorial focus is on live art and events. Between 2014-2018 she was co-director of Groundwork a performance and research project for and about Milton Keynes.
As a Producer, Bowmott works alongside Laura Sweeney. They work with live artists to develop strategies for creating new work with sustainability and artist development at it's core. They are currently working with: Brian Lobel, Dan Watson, La JohnJoseph, Malik Nashad Sharpe (Marikiscrycrycry), Nando Messias and Rachael Young.
Bowmott has also recently worked with Defrin + Boucher, and in a similar role was Assistant Director of Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company from 2014-2017.
Education is the red thread that connects Bowmott's practices and interests. She has been an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester, and given guest lectures at universities, colleges, galleries and conferences nationwide.
She is currently co-facilitator of The Committee, a programme for 15-19 year old art activists who are rethinking the future of performance with The Yard, London.
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In 2018 she completed practice-based PhD research exploring more-than-human collaboration.
Ashleigh is based on a houseboat in London with her partner, son and daughter.
From January 2020 Ashleigh is on maternity leave and may take some time to respond if you get in touch.