Independently created by final year BA Fine Art students from the University of Leeds, Sitting With It celebrates the work of 62 graduating artists through a range of contemporary art practices.

Sitting With It encapsulates not only the physical parameters of sitting, resting, looking, but also questions of the gaze, perspective, authorship and power.

What are the implications of posing, depiction and framing? Who is depicting the sitter, and is the sitter an active participant? 

The past few years have asked us to take stock of our life decisions, to ‘own’ where we are, and consider our working and domestic environments. The interiors of contemporary life are a lot more loaded than they were before.

In a time of flux, we ask you to sit with uncertain concepts; and question the ethical implications of making art in the UK.

Sitting With It prioritises rest over rapidity. We acknowledge the privileges and politics of taking time out from work and side hustles; to be still, read, and absorb art and ideas. 

Grayson Perry reminds us that ‘we go to art galleries on our days off.’ This is at the heart of our curation.

We do not all have the same 24 hours in a day, but we invite you to spend a portion of your free time Sitting With It.

With this act of faith, we promise to engage with our audience – in discussions of approachability and clarity – as much as you are with us.


Grace Agar • Beatrice Allen • Rebecca Allsopp • Ella Astill • Florence Austin • Amy Beaumont • Minnie Bedford • Niamh Bell • Lily Bogdanyi-Miller • Laura Bull • Eve Bullard • Astrid Butt • Jess Carter • Alice Casnello • Melody Chang • Chase Cifelli • Aasif Davidson • Rebekah Day • Monã de Luccas • Ruby Dice • Aleksandra Dobrowlska • Max Eddleston • George Storm Fletcher • Francesca Fryer • Abigail Gainher • Emma Haslam • Rose Henry de Villeneuve • Georgina Hesler • Emily Hodgkins • Lorraine Huang • Suilven Hunter • Breony Hussey • Mesita Jee • Aaron Jolley • Ruby Judge • Harpriya Kaur • Florence Kitching • Imogen Knight • Éabha Lambe • Zoe Ley • Erin Limmer • Charlotte Long • Lottie MacAskill • Eve Macdonald • KayD McAdam Freud • Sarah Mitchell • Isabelle Morse • Madeleine Muir • Aksha Mustafa • Emily Oades • Sam Sewell • Suman Shams Lily Smith • Delilah Sykes • Eliza Turner • Victoria Vilagines • Amber Williams • Rosaleen WilliamsHannah WilsonHolly Windebank • Demi (Xi) Xiong • April (Ting-Yu) Yang

Find out more about the artists.


The exhibition will be open to the public daily from 10 to 25 June, 10am to 5pm.

Private View: Thursday 9 June from 6 to 9pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP: sittingwithit2022@gmail.com


School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
University Road
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT


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Press information

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