Will Hughes is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Stockton-on-Tees. Their work is conceptually driven by lived experiences as a queer, non-binary person in the UK, mixing pop culture references with material language to construct moments.

Will wishes to seduce the viewer through often using repetitive mechanical movement, the use of glossy/shiny surfaces and the lens of glamour as a means of storytelling.

Glamour is a spell which is cast, a blur, it is transformative and seductive, ‘You can be too boring, but you can never be too seductive.’ Donatella tells us. How the recreation of form through casting or the bejewelling impacts on its cultural capital through addition. Reflecting on the past but always looking forward, as glamour does. Glamour repositions these objects and this is the intersection where Will is most interred.

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Memberships

Studio Holder, Platform Arts (Platform A Gallery) Middlesbrough
Member, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
Member, EOP Associate Membership Scheme
Member, Castlefield Gallery Associates
Associate, Northwest Drawing Collective.

Residencies

2023
Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC), Northumberland, England

2021
Art and Magic, BB15, Linz, Austria
The Coast is Queer, UKNA, Blackpool

2018 – 2019
Fellowship, Spike Island, Bristol

Awards

2023
Nominated Recipient, Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award 2022

2022
Sculpture Network, Yorkshire Sculpture International

2018
Winner, Graduate Award, Kenneth Armitage Foundation

Solo shows

2023
La La La, La La La La La, La La La, La La La La La, Abingdon Studios Project Space, Blackpool

2022
Marea, GS Artists, Swansea

2021
Looking good and feeling fine, Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough

2019
you and me, Roper Gallery, Bath

2018
Skip a beat and move with my body, yeah Slow, LCB Depot, Leicester

Duo shows

2021
Goosebumps (with Amanda Burzić), bb15, Linz, Austria
Why, I’d trash him from top to bottomus! (with Garth Gratrix), Pineapple Black 24/7 Window Gallery, Middlesbrough

2020
I’m a soldier to my own emptiness, I’m a winner (with Robbie O’Keeffe), online

Curatorial projects

2023
Co-curator and Project Manager, Middlesbrough Art Week.

2022
Objects at Play, Middlesbrough Art Weekender
Stunning, Fierce & Yellow, Vol.2, The Auxiliary, Middlesbrough
Stunning, Fierce & Yellow, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne

Skills & Experience

  • DBS Checked
  • Project management
  • Technical: exhibition build
  • Visiting lecturer (FE)
  • Visiting lecturer (HE)
  • Working with schools (secondary)
  • Workshops (family / general)
  • Workshsops (adult)