Leap Then Look will be joined by Dr Rebecca Sinker, independent curator and educational researcher and Esther Collins, Head of Learning to discuss unscripted learning, the power dynamics of collaborative practice and the benefits of artist practice as a form of lifelong research.
Leap Then Look is a collaboration between artists Lucy Cran and Bill Leslie. They formed Leap Then Look to combine their extensive experiences as inter-disiplinary artists working in settings including art galleries, schools, universities, and community groups.
They create art works, participatory projects, workshops and events for people of all ages and abilities. Key to their research-driven practice are forms of playfulness, inquisitiveness and experimentation, combining art forms including object making, performance, installation, film, and photography, enabling participants to engage in multiple processes, creating their own work.
They have worked for institutions including Tate, Royal Academy, Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, Compton Verney, Photo Fringe, ACCA, and universities including Cambridge, Westminster, Bath Spa, Kingston School of Art and Harvard Education.
Dr Rebecca Sinker has worked within arts education and museum learning for almost three decades, from small independent arts organisations, through higher education and large national institutions, including the British Library, Iniva and The Photographers’ Gallery. For 15 years she was a senior manager in the Learning Department at Tate, as Senior Curator: Digital Learning and before this Head of Young People’s Programmes. Since 2021 Rebecca has been pursuing new projects as an independent curator and researcher and is currently co-editing a new book, Challenging Contemporary Thinking on Play (Springer Publications, 2023).
Esther Collins is Head of Learning at Towner Eastbourne. She joined in 2020 from Cubitt where she managed a Celebrating Age project over 3 years delivering workshops, multi-year artist residencies in community settings, large-scale outdoor public events, public commissions and symposium events. She has also worked on various community engagement projects including for Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Cement Fields, HS2 as well as at National Portrait Gallery and Turner Contemporary.