LEAP THEN LOOK Contemporary art participation projects and workshops ABOUT US page






Leap Then Look run workshops and collaborative participatory projects for people of all ages and abilities. Our innovative and experimental workshops offer children and adults the opportunity to engage with contemporary art through practical exploration. We use exciting and unconventional approaches, including performance, object making, large scale installation, mark-making, film, video and sound, enabling our participants and collaborators to engage in multiple processes, creating their own work. Our focus is on working together, inspiring playfulness and inquisitiveness. We believe that contemporary art practice should and can be made available and accessible to everyone and that we can all benefit from engaging with new ways of looking , making and thinking.

Lucy Cran and Bill Leslie are both artists with backgrounds in performance, sculpture and film who have run participatory projects and workshops at institutions including Tate, Royal Academy, Barbican, Southbank Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, Arnolfini Bristol, Institute of Education and Brighton Photo Fringe. They are both practising artists. Lucy working with sculpture and performance, Bill with sculpture, film and photography and have shown work widely across the UK and in Germany, undertaking commissions, residencies, solo and group exhibitions and academic grants.

Leap Then Look is engaged in an ongoing research project entitled ‘Don’t we all play the same?’ working with partners Tate London Schools and Teachers , Kingston School of Art and Greenside School Stevenage which explores modes of play, collaboration and open ended artistic enquiry bringing together diverse groups of students from undergraduates to young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

They have recently begun working with Photoworks Brighton and Project Artworks on a project for adults with learning difficulties called Explorers: Illuminating the Wilderness. This year they will be working with Watts Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, University of Westminster, Thomas Tallis School and producing a podcast series, supported by an A-N bursery, interviewing artists working at the crossroads of contemporary art and education.

“A very BIG thank you for your contribution to Summer School this year, which was nothing short of brilliant. It was experiential, playful and highly reflective and delivered with considered care and sensitivity; an exceptional week and enjoyed by teachers and us alike!”

Alice Walton, Convenor Schools and Teachers Programme, Tate Modern & Tate Britain

“Wonderful child led work which reflects some of our key curriculum themes. Children loved working with the artists to create fantastic art works from their own ideas which are proudly on display in our halls. Visitors to our schools always comment on the art work resulting from their very successful projects.”

Stephen Hall, Executive Headteacher, Orchard, Southwold and Hoxton Garden Primary School Federation.

“A┬áreal pleasure to work alongside. Unstoppably enthusiastic, yet measured and reflective, with a precise and informed approach, brilliant clarity of language and confidence to interpret the needs and aspirations of our students. The combination of inquisitiveness, empathy and independence has benefited our learning culture enormously.”

Jo Addison, Course Leader BA Fine Art, Kingston School of Art.

“I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would and it really opened my eyes to a lot of things. The whole day has really inspired me with thoughts about what to do after uni as well as my current practice.”

Milly Smith, Workshop participant

"An excellent experience run by truly inspiring artists and workshop leaders. The sense of play and improvisation with objects in space and in front of the camera was tangible and exciting, extending our students' ideas and resulting in a series of striking images."

Amy Cunningham, Course Leader BA Fine Art Sculpture, University of Brighton.