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



Leap Then Look create art works, participatory projects, workshops and events for people of all ages and abilities. Our focus is on working together, inspiring playfulness, inquisitiveness and experimentation. We use exciting and unconventional approaches, including object making, performance, installation, film, and photography, enabling our participants to engage in multiple processes, creating their own work. 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.

Leap Then Look was established in Spring 2019 by artists Lucy Cran and Bill Leslie. Since then we have run participatory projects at institutions including; Tate, Towner Eastbourne, Royal Academy, National Gallery, Henry Moore Foundation, Turner Contemporary, Compton Verney, Young V&A, Orleans House, Watts Gallery, Photo Fringe, Brighton Festival, ACCA, John Hansard Gallery, Phoenix Art Space, Goldsmiths CCA, Brighton CCA, Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, Glyndebourne, British Library, Folkstone Triennial, Now Play This, Somerset House, and London Festival of Architecture; universities including Bath Spa, Cambridge, Kingston, Brighton, Harvard Education, UCL Institute of Education, Westminster, Manchester, Nottingham and Goethemberg; and schools, Thomas Tallis, West Rise Juniors, Parliament Hill School, Thomas A Beckett, Carden Primary, Ratton School, Priory School, Guildford High School, City of London Freemens School, Brighton College, St Catherine’s College, Eltham Hill School, Downs View Link College, Greenside School, Lady Zia Werner School, Gildredge House School, Hazel Court, Hangleton Primary.

Management Board

Chair – Alice Walton – Convener of Schools and Teachers, Tate 
Jon Nicholls, Director of Arts & Creativity, Thomas Tallis School and co-creator of photopedagogy.com
DJ – Artistic director Corali Dance Company
Claire Wean – Director Photo Fringe, Corridor Project and Independent producer.


“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

“You have totally opened my daughter's mind up to new ways of working and thinking about art. The Summer School has been the antithesis to art lessons at school which can be over controlled and outcome focused. Leap Then Look encouraged the children to go in any direction they chose, opening up different avenues and possibilities to them to explore what art can be. ”

Dr Sara Bragg, Senior Teaching Fellow, Institute of Education 

“A real 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. 


Image: Alun Callender 2020




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