Ashley Sheekey is an artist. b. 1991, UK.

My artistic practice and research are concerned with public space and its relationship to individual social liberty. I am particularly interested in the relationship between smooth space and urban public space.

A smooth space is one not governed by rules, not limited to any particular form. Here, a person is at liberty to be free, to behave and engage with the space as they choose. Surroundings are experienced in an intimate and physical way. We affect and are affected. I see smooth space as the antithesis to the public spaces with which we are familiar — spaces rife with elements such as hostile architecture, intended to determine our behaviour.

Through drawing, writing and digital collage, I highlight the prevalence of such elements, questioning the role they play in restricting our experience of smooth space and the motivation for doing so.

Exhibitions

2018
Connection,
Wells Maltings,
Norfolk, UK
2017
Before Words,
MA Fine Art Graduate Show,
Brighton, UK
2015
Pause[01],
Kraak Gallery,
Manchester, UK
2014
Falmouth Fine Art Degree Show,
Falmouth University,
UK
2013
Interim,
The Fish Factory,
Falmouth, UK
The Dark Rooms (Parameters of the Dark),
Passmore Edwards Building,
Helston, UK

Residencies

2019
Createspace Wales, (Upcoming)
Ferwig, Wales

Publications

2017
The Perfect Space,
Plinth,
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Education

2015–2017
MA Fine Art,
University of Brighton, UK
2011–2014
BA Fine Art,
University of Falmouth, UK

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