Paul Digby

CV (Summary)



Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle Community Engagement Programme: 

As the Lead Artist I delivered a project that focused specifically on engaging people with a disability and providing a positive learning experience about sculpture and contemporary art. This new YST programme involved a series of free short courses that consisted of artist (Jo Lee and Gillian Brent) led sessions and visits to the galleries that comprise the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle (Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park). The sculpture by Rebecca Warren positioned outside Henry Moore Institute was the main focus of the project. 

The artist led sessions were based on the figure and people worked with the materials clay and plaster casting, with the opportunity to learn basic techniques including drawing. This project featured a printed publication to represent the development of this programme, two exhibitions in Leeds and Wakefield, and an evaluation seminar. 


Transcending the figure: Contemporary Art in the Public Sector Project 

I created a series of figurative drawings of people who work in the Emergency Services in full uniform responding to Classical poses. The drawings are made using graphite on paper and measure 120/75cm. 

I also worked with staff from Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute (The Leeds Sculpture Collection) to install Rebekkah’ (2012) by Simon Fujiwara, in a one-day pop-up exhibition at Shakespeare Primary School in Leeds. During the day, I led workshops in which each school year was given the opportunity to draw the figure and develop drawing techniques. I also delivered a series of small clay figure workshops. 

The project culminated in an installation of my drawings and the children’s drawings and approximately 400 sculptures in school hall. The audience for this were the children and there parents. 

The project culminated with an art and inter-disciplinary practice seminar at Leeds Becket University, and lecture tour (Sheffield Hallam and York College) relating to the project. ACE GftA. 

2012-2014, Portraits of Emotions 

For this project I created a series of paintings and drawings of people expressing the emotion of Joy and other emotions. Referencing Charles Darwin’s book The Expressions of Emotions in Man and Animals. 

The project culminated in an exhibition of completed portrait paintings, workshop drawings and interview transcripts at The Tetley Gallery and in Synthesis, Manchester Science Festival. ACE GftA. 


Group Exhibition: Corridor (High Royds Hospital, graphite on paper), Bedlam: the asylum and beyond, Wellcome Museum (the work also features in the exhibition publication) 

Man (2010)
This project was a collaboration with the Thackray Medical Museum. I created a sculpture and series of drawings. The sculpture was made from Styrofoam, epoxy resin, casting plaster and acrylic matt paint. It was the continuation of a series of paintings based on psychiatric diagnosis. The project culminated with an exhibition in the museum and seminar on arts, mental health and well-being. This was supported by Arts Council England.

Exhibitions and Installations:
• Portraits of Emotion, The Tetley (solo, series of portraits, 2014)
• At Home and at Work, Cornerhouse (solo, series of gouache on paper works, 2012)
• Man, Sheffield Institute of the Arts (Hybrid group show, sculpture, 2011)
• Man, Saatchi Gallery (group, sculpture, 2009)
• Drawings from the Past, Leeds City Gallery (solo, 7 day wall drawing, 2004)
• Still Life, RBS Gallery (group, 2 day wall drawing, 2000)

I have work in the Wellcome Trust archive and Private Collections. I have also regularly exhibited since graduation in independent galleries, artist led spaces and non-arts public spaces. Please go to for images.


Wall Drawing commissions: 

a. Drawings from the Present, Leeds City Art Gallery, seven day wall drawing b. Interior Space, High Royds Hospital, three day wall drawing (NHS funded) 

c. Hold the Line, RBS Gallery, London, two day wall drawing 

d. Buildings, two day wall drawing Notting Hill Arts Club (Broken Grey Wires commission) 

Rampton Hospital Six Month Artist Residency, including exhibition, project management, conference and in-house bound book of patient’s artwork as well as creating a series of sculptures and drawings. ACE GftA and NHS. 

I have worked in various levels of education (Adult Education, HEI, FE, Primary and Secondary) regularly and part time, including: 

a. Norwich University of the Arts 

b. Leeds Beckett University 

c. Workers Education Association 

d. East Street Arts 

e. York College

Committees and groups:
• Steering Group member for the Yorkshire and Humber Visual Arts Network (2008-16): contributed to Artist Development Scheme, Making a Living from Art Conference and Nourish Program. I will also be involved with the Higher Education project.
• Northern arts and science network (2010-12): Chair and treasurer for an Arts Council England Funded series of exhibitions, seminars and conferences with involvement from national and international Universities.
• Mind Odyssey (2001-08) arts and mental health organization: exhibitions, conferences and workshops.


Bedlam and beyond (2016/17) book to accompany exhibition.
Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport (2013) Chapter with Dr. Liz Stirling (Leeds Becket University) on an Art and Sport project in an inner city Leeds Primary School.


• High Royds Hosital (2003): wall drawing
• Rampton Hospital (2002): exhibition, catalogue and symposium, NHS funded