Mark Leahy is a writer and artist operating among textual practices and performance. Born in Ireland, he lives and works in the South West of England. His work uses constraints, structuring rules, and operates to cross or question category and genre divisions including around queer identity and social agency.
Recent performance projects include ‘Breath Pieces’ choreographed by Rosanna Irvine (Tramway, Glasgow, June 2018); ‘telling time’ (Jamboree, Devon, June 2018); ‘threaded insert’ (Plymouth, 2017; Cardiff, 2018); ‘Breathing Line’ choreographed by Rosanna Irvine (Dance4, Nottingham, 2017); ‘subject to gesture’ with Benjamin D. Duvall (Liverpool, 2017); ‘his voice’ (Plymouth, 2015; Manchester, 2016), ‘flat-head self-tapping’ at Chelsea School of Art (May 2015) and ‘answering machine’ for Experimentica14 at Chapter Cardiff (Nov 2014).
Commissioned artist publications include ‘9×9: a set of poems under constraint’ (for Arts and Culture Exeter, 2020), ‘in the key of’ (for Counter Plymouth Artist Book Fair, 2015) and ‘Subject to Gesture’ (Dock Road Press, 2017). He was commissioned to write texts to accompany work by artists including Andrew Kearney, Nathan Walker, Katy Connor, Steven Paige, and LOW PROFILE. Residencies include Enter Text (Arteles Creative Centre, Finland, November 2018) and Redefining Print (Double Elephant Print Studios, 2014-15). Critical publications include essays in Hyperrhiz, C21 Literature, Open Letter and Performance Research Journal.
He teaches part-time at Plymouth University and Falmouth University, and has supervised and examined a significant number of MA and PhD projects. He is a director of artdotearth.org, is a member of CAMP (Contemporary Art Makers Plymouth), is on the board of Soundart Radio, and is chair of the board of Take A Part.