Paul Digby – Portraits

2 March - 28 March 2015

Fresh from his Portraits of Emotions exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds-based contemporary artist Paul Digby brings his large-scale paintings and drawings to the Gallery for 3 weeks in March.

Paul will run 2 drawing workshops in the Gallery during the exhibition. During each workshop, participants will be encouraged to produce an A3 portrait of themselves, or a friend, expressing the emotion ‘Joy‘. Each completed drawing will be hung on the gallery walls alongside Paul’s exhibition, and will remain on the walls throughout the show.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young and aspiring artists to have their work exhibited in a gallery setting, hanging alongside, and critiqued by, a successful working artist.


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Exhibition Catalogue


Paul Digby
Acrylic and oil bar on canvas
1.5m x 2m

From Paul Digby's Portraits of Emotions Series



Paul Digby
Acrylic and oil bar on canvas
2m x 3m

From Paul Digby's Portraits of Emotions Series



Paul Digby
Acrylic and oil bar on canvas
1.5m x 1m

From Paul Digby's Portraits of Emotions Series



Paul Digby
Acrylic and oil bar on canvas
2m x 3m

From Paul Digby's Portraits of Emotions Series



Workshops & Events

Artist’s Presentation

Wednesday 4 March 2015
6pm – 7pm

The Gallery will remain open to the public from 6pm – 7pm while Paul gives an informal presentation on his work, and discussing previous works he has produced, as well as discussing making a living as an artist.

No booking necessary, just turn up!

Artist-led Life Drawing Workshop

Wednesday 4 March 2015
7pm – 8.30pm

Life Drawing Workshop with Paul Digby from 7pm – 8.30pm. Paul will lead a relaxed and intimate life drawing class, looking at portraiture as well as the body itself. All materials and refreshments will be provided.

Please note: There are a limited number of places on this class, and tickets must be purchased in advance from the Leeds Life Drawing website.

Children’s Drawing Workshop

Saturday 7 March 2015
1pm – 3pm

Drop-in portraiture class for children. Paul will take a group of children and show them how to draw themselves or a friend expressing the emotion ‘Joy’.

Works produced during the workshop will be hung in the gallery until the end of the exhibition (Saturday 28 March).

This is drop-in, no booking required.
£3 per child includes drawing materials, a drink and biscuits.
Suitable for children aged 6+.

Portraits Closing Afternoon

Saturday 28 March 2015
1pm – 3pm

A family friendly opportunity to meet and talk with Paul Digby before his exhibition comes down.
Any contributors to the the show from the 2 previous workshops can also come and collect their work.

Paul Digby

Paul Digby is a Leeds-based artist who graduated in 1997 from Norwich University College of the Arts.

“I have work in the Welcome Trust Collection and with private collectors. I have exhibited in including the RBS Gallery, Leeds City Gallery, the Cornerhouse in Manchester and the Saatchi Gallery. I have held residencies in High Royds and Rampton Hospital. I work with drawing, painting and sculpture.”

I developed an interest in psychiatric diagnosis whilst on my MA at Bretton Hall University of Leeds in 2001 and have moved towards researching areas involved with Neuro-plasticity, the relationship between the brain and environment. In my practice I aim to capture this and our evolved need for narrative. Experimental Psychologist Bruce Hood argues “that the self – this entity at the centre of our personal universe – is actually just a story, a constructed narrative”. I think we attribute a Self narrative construct in to our creative practice, we can then place any manifestations within a physical space and a consciousness.

I sit on the steering group for the Yorkshire and Humber Contemporary Visual Arts Network, an organisation set up to help stimulate the regions art economy.

I was the Director of the National Arts and Science Network (2010-2013) which had a succession of ACE commissions for stimulating dialogue between the arts and sciences with a series of exhibitions, conferences and seminars in the Yorkshire region. NASN consists of a twelve person board and four staff.

I teach in Adult Education for the Workers Education Association. Working in Adult Social Care settings including mental health, people with a disability and socially deprived areas. I also deliver sessional work as a freelance artist.


For more information about the artist please visit Paul Digby’s website.

The Tetley

Centred around creativity, innovation and experimentation, The Tetley is a place that develops future artistic talent and opens the minds of young people, whilst at the same time engages families and individuals of all ages.

The Tetley is operated and curated by Project Space Leeds (PSL), a contemporary arts and education charity founded in 2006. PSL was established to create a platform for emerging artists across the UK and further afield, allowing them to make and show work on an expansive scale, pushing their practice within a supportive environment.

From 2007-2012 Project Space Leeds was located at Whitehall Waterfront in Leeds’ west end. In this space they worked with approximately 300 artists in nearly 20 major projects and exhibitions and engaged thousands of visitors.

Entry Via Café 164

Tuesday - Thursday
10.30am - 2pm (Cafe Only)

Friday - Monday Closed
Please note these are temporary hours, the cafe is open for take-away but the gallery is currently closed due to government legislation.

Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays