Approved: 15.06.2015

Ashleigh Beattie

Artist, Arts development worker, Community worker, Maker

Approved: 15.06.2015

Ashleigh Beattie is a Zimbabwean artist based in Manchester.

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Artist Statement

Ashleigh Beattie is a Zimbabwean artist based in Manchester.

My practice explores themes of displacement and belonging as a migrant living in the diaspora. My sculptures and installations repurpose everyday materials such as newspapers and tin cans. These fragile materials are embedded with meaning, memories and stories. Through my work these found materials are transformed and given permanence. This recycling characterises my practice and draws from my childhood in Zimbabwe, where nothing is thrown away - everything is recycled.

CV & Education

Higher Education

2005-2009          2:1 Bachelors of Fine Art (HONS) University of Cumbria, U.K.


Solo Exhibitions

2010 May        In search of the Promised Land, Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle, England

2016 Jun   In search of the Promised Land, Alexandira Library, Manchester.

Group Exhibitions

2021 Sep  HOME: Manchester Open Art Exhibition, Manchester. 

2019 Mar  Rocking The Boat, Creative Recycling Gallery, Chorlton, Manchester.

2014 Mar  The Luck Of Edenhall, The Old Fire Station, Carlisle. 

2010 Nov    The Meeting Point, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2009 Jul    Summer Exhibition, Cecil Street Projects, Carlisle, England.

2009 Jul       Summer Exhibition, Bank Gallery, Carlisle, England.

2009 Jun    This side of Somewhere, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, England.

2008 Dec     Love in the Asylum, Wasps Studios, Glasgow, Scotland.

2008 Sep    Liquidizer, Vault Gallery, Lancaster, England 

2008 Feb    Seconds Out- Redefined, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, England


Grants/ Awards/ Residencies

2007-2009  University of Cumbria, Undergraduate Scholarship.

2009         Undergraduate Arts Achievement Award, University of Cumbria.



2013 Nov  Illustration for cover of GWC Annual Report, Cape Town, South Africa



27-10-2010  “Zimbabwe: Breda New Art Sensation”, T. Monda, The Zimbabwe Herald.



Past work

2010- 2011 Primary Art and music teacher, Kyle Preparatory School, Masvingo, Zimbabwe. 

2012-2014 Volunteer Music Teacher in a Preschool, Trinity Children's Center, Cape Town, South Africa.

2012- 2014 Volunteer children's worker, Cape Town, South Africa

2015-2017 Scene Maker, with, Making a Scene, Dewsbury West Yorkhire.