About loraine

Loraine is an artist and director of cSPACE, formerly The Art of Change. Her work crosses boundaries of class, race and age.

MA Art and Social Practice at Middlesex University

Loraine Leeson will be running a new MA in Art and Social Practice commencing September 2017

The course builds on the UK’s significant history of community-based and socially engaged art initiatives addressing social and environmental issues. Students take their creative practice beyond the institution to build on their own interests, networks and communities, grounding this in critical understanding and theory. Loraine Leeson will lead the course, drawing on her longstanding experience in cultural activism and community collaborations. Additional input will be made by artists, writers, designers and cultural entrepreneurs active in the field of socially engaged practice in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries.

The course offers:

• Experienced practitioner-led teaching combined with the rigour of an academic environment renowned for its cultural studies.

• Off-site project work based on own interest, contacts and communities.

• A supportive environment for developing collaborative, peer and professional networks.

• Active research context with specialism in socially engaged practice.

• A wider university context to support interdisciplinary working.

• State of the art facilities, studios and workshops with contemporary and traditional equipment, archives and digital tools including software labs, 3D printing and media studios.

• A programme of visits, trips and seminars to experience and debate London’s thriving scene of social engagement, cultural activism and arts-led urban regeneration.

• Opportunity to share critical debate and research across a cluster of masters programmes.

Further information

To apply

Funding support

UK student loans for postgraduate study 

Active Energy: Three Mills – open workshop for National Mills Weekend

11am-4pm Saturday 14th May 2016
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To celebrate National Mills Weekend The Geezers will be working with artist Loraine Leeson and engineer Toby Borland in front of House Mill at the Three Mills heritage site to construct a stream wheel for later installation in the Lower Lea. The wheel will be activated by the outflow of water from the mill and will power an aerator to help oxygenate the water and counteract the effects of pollution on the river’s fish and wildlife.

This current phase of the project is taking place as part of the Hydrocitizenship initiative.

New Active Energy turbine planned for the Lower Lea

The next phase of the Active Energy project is to take place in the Lower Lea, where the outflow from part of the Three Mills heritage site will be utilized to drive a small turbine. This will in turn power an aerator that will help oxygenate the water to counteract the effects of pollution and support survival of fish. This is a continuing collaboration with The Geezers and engineer Toby Borland. Other partners include Thames21House Mill and Middlesex University via the Hydrocitizenship research project.
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Launch of Lambeth Floating Marsh

On the evening of 15th September 2015 projections of river organisms were projected along the Thames embankment in Lambeth  to draw attention to the importance of supporting biodiversity along urban rivers.

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This arts/science collaboration between artist Loraine Leeson and scientist Nithin Rai includes new reed bed habitat for micro organisms and invertebrates in long basket structures attached to the hull of the Dutch barge Tamesis Dock. Find out more at www.lambethfloatingmarsh.org.uk.

_MG_3680The projections will run every evening after dark until 24th September 2015.

The project launch was opened by Professor Geoff Petts, Vice Chancellor of University of Westminster. Loraine Leeson and Nithin Rai described the project, while Chris Coode, Deputy Chief Executive of the environmental organization Thames2, provided an overview of the challenges and opportunities for wildlife along the urban reaches of the Thames. Science and Technology dean Professor Jane Lewis drew on her specialist knowledge of micro organism behaviour to consider the benefits of new habitat, and concluded the event by reflecting on the value of the arts and sciences working together to bring these issues to public attention.

Visual effects by Sean Lewis