Sophie Lee (b.1987) is a British artist based in Manchester. Working predominantly with photography and video, Lee builds fractured narratives through the construction of place, character and action, while examining frameworks that have the potential to support or confine the shaping of our identities.
Investigating the idea of institution, social structures and the roles we assume within them. Her work considers themes of domesticity, education and ritual. Finding the mythical in the everyday, Lee creates temporary sculpture and performance, often installed and performed only for the camera, depicting the awkward fragility of objects or subjects in a state of flux.
Lee’s work has been exhibited in the UK and Europe, including her solo exhibition Any Structured Pattern at Progr, Bern, Switzerland (2014), group shows with OutsiderXchanges; BALTIC, Gateshead (2016) and The Manchester Contemporary (2016), Loose Space, Vienna, Austria (2015) and at SIM House Reykjavik (2015). Lee has undertaken artist residencies in Finland, Iceland and the UK.
Having been awarded Arts council England Grants for the Arts funding for her current project Make Place, Lee is currently developing her research in to the domestic space, as part of her exploration of the home as stage, shelter and self. Lee will exhibit new work at ArtWork Atelier, Salford, from 30 March – 9 April 2017.
Sophie Lee is represented by Mark Devereux Projects
2010, BA Photography (First Class Honours) Manchester School of Art
Selected Exhibitions & Events
2017, Make Place, solo show, ArtWork Atelier, Salford, UK
2016, OutsiderXchanges Thursday Late, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
2016, OutsiderXchanges, Exhibition & Symposium, BALTIC, Gateshead, UK
2016, Llandada, group show, Freehaus, Culture Action Llandudno, Llandudno, UK
2016, OutsiderXchanges, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK
2016, Space & Place, group show, Left Bank Leeds, Leeds, UK
2016, Footnote, group show, Grosvenor Building, Manchester School of Art, Manchester, UK
2015, StudioBook, group show, ArtWork Atelier, Salford, UK
2015, Did you see them? group show, SIM House, Reykjavik, Iceland
2015, Loose Space, group show, Vienna, Austria
2014, Any Structured Pattern, solo show, Gallerie 3000, The Progr, Bern, Switzerland
2013, Arteles Summer Exhibition, Hirvitalo Center of Contemporary Art, Finland
2013, The Reading Room, Counter Culture Club, 2022nq, Manchester, UK
2012, Regrouping, group show, Workstation, Sheffield, UK
2012, Contemporary Manchester, Russian National Library, St Petersburg, Russia
2012, Doverodde Book Arts Festival and Symposium, Udkant, Doverodde, Denmark
2011, 6 Inch Cube, group show, South Square Gallery, Bradford, UK
2011, International Contemporary Art Book Fair, Leeds, UK
2010, Manchester Artist Book Fair, Manchester, UK
Awards, Grants & Residencies
2016, Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, research and development project ‘Make Place’
2015, SIM Artist Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland
2013, Arteles Creative Center, Haukijarvi, Finland
2011, Hotbed Press, Salford, UK
Bibliotherapy Artists’ Book Library, UK / Manchester School of Art, UK / Doverodde Book Arts Center, Denmark Private Collection, London, UK
Copyright © 2017 Sophie Lee