A disabled textile artist and painter who works with abstract and stylised design reflecting an interest in the natural world and activist art. Lesley has received the Re Emergence Visual Arts Bursary from the DAISY project at Surrey Disability Arts. Oct 2020. She has created a pop up Gazebo Installation called Disability and Artists Oppression: Up Close and Intensive which is available for exhibiting post lockdown. Enquiries to the artist.

Lesley has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Hand Embroidery – Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art from the Royal School of Needlework/ University of the Creative Arts.

Lesley Illingworth Storytelling Coat

Lesley Illingworth Storytellingcoat

Lesley has had success in a guerilla exhibition in Tate Modern with Art4Rights and in the Shoddy Exhibition (https://shoddyexhibition.wordpress.com) showing her Storytelling coat about the negative political spin created against disabled people and disability oppression. She was cited and a picture of her work was in The Observer article “Disabled artists use their skills to highlight ‘shoddy and cruel’ treatment over benefits.” by Frances Ryan on the 3rd April 2016 (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/03/disabled-artists-use-skills-to-highlight-shoddy-treatment-over-benefits) The storytelling coat has also been shown in Batley Museum and Art Gallery (www.kirklees.gov.uk/batleygallery)

 during June whilst the Batley Vintage fair was on and at the Leeds Centre for Integrated Living‘s summer training fair on 16th June 2016.