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55 High Street

Hampton Wick



16th July - 22th July 2024

Performance: 20th July, 6.30 - 8pm 

Open Studio: 21st July, 12-4pm


Join us for a contemporary dance intervention in the #Rebel Selves installation. Miriam Levy, a queer artist based in London working with dance, performance and poetry, will present a specially devised contemporary dance performance in response to the #Rebel Selves installation. Her choreographic work explores the relationship between personal and political, looking at care, community and rage. The performance will play with notions of visibility, invisibility and care on social media and in selfie cultures. Images will be shared online via the @RebelSelves Instagram page.

For the performance please book your free ticket here:

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Release Your Inner Rebel


Release Your Inner Rebel and win exciting prizes!

The #Rebel Selves Smartphone App is designed to make selfies glitchy and fun. It was created by Charlotte Roe, an artist based in Huddersfield, and Dr Dawn Woolley, an artist and research fellow at Leeds Arts University, with support from a Leeds Arts University and the HE Innovation Fund.

Dawn researches social networking sites and selfies. Because it is difficult to achieve beauty ideals, selfie taking can cause low self-esteem and body image issues. The app is one of the creative approaches she is developing to challenge gender and beauty ideals and reduce these risks. 


To launch the app and share her important research, she is running Release Your Inner Rebel Selfie Competition to find the most creative images that can be produced using the app.


The Release Your Inner Rebel Selfie Competition is free and very easy to enter. Participants create selfies using the app and either add them to the gallery page labelled with their Instagram account, send them to or tag @rebelselves on Instagram and use #rebelselfie tag in the post. 


Winning entries will be shared online and exhibited in a poster exhibition around Leeds (Sponsorship kindly provided by Pop Art).


Dawn is running some free online workshops to introduce the competition and the app. Sign up here if you’d like to learn more.


The deadline to enter is Sunday 20th October 2024


Winners will be announced on Saturday 23rd November


Our amazing panel of expert judges are:

Maya Fuhr, fashion photographer and philanthropist in LA

Dr Michael Petry, artist, author and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) London

Jung Me Chai, gallerist and founder of Diskurs Berlin

Mindy Lee, artist and curator of Blyth Gallery London

Matthew Pendergast, Curator and Deputy Director, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester



First Prize: £100 Amazon voucher from Leeds Arts University

Second Prize: £50 Voucher for Take It Easy Photo Lab

Third Prize: £40 Curator Space Artist subscription

More to be announced.


Thank you to these organisations for their providing these amazing prizes.

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July - August 2024


Addressing gender identity, health disparity, the domestic realm, and feminism

What does it really mean to be a woman? How do women see themselves – in relation to each other and to the rest of the world?   

How does a woman decide the kind of woman she is? Who’s looking? Who’s judging? What insight might the experience of transgender women provide? 

We asked to hear from any artist who identified in any way, if they felt they had artistic insight to share. Season 4 of The Gallery garnered nearly 900 responses, of which 11 works by international artists were commissioned to explore the theme ‘A Real Woman’.

 If you see any of the posters please share a photo on Instagram and tag @dawnwoolleystudio



I was delighted to be asked to compile a book recommendation list in relation to my book Consuming the Body. You can read it here:




Consuming the Body examines contemporary consumerism and the commodified construction of ideal gendered bodies, paying particular attention to the new forms of interaction produced by social networking sites. Describing the behaviours of an ideal neoliberal subject, Woolley identifies modes of discipline, forms of pleasure, and opportunities for subversion in an examination of how individuals are addressed and the ways in which they are expected to respond. 

A brilliant analysis of consumerism exposing how we are manipulated by capitalism seeking to turn our subjectivity into an object for corporate profit. By drilling into the shiny surface of corporate deceit Consuming the Body uncovers ways to resist the deceptions foisted on us.

Peter Kennard, Professor of Political Art, Royal College of Art, UK

What are we to do with the idealised mirror-images that capitalism beams at us through social media, making us all fetishists and hysterics? Consuming the Body is written urgently but elegantly, finally offering ways of thinking outside this dangerous box.

Professor Naomi Segal, Honorary Fellow, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, UK

This book is a fascinating take on selfie culture and beyond, taking up classic feminist psychoanalytic discussions of the fetishistic gaze to think about the impact of social networks, cosmetic surgery, health surveillance and the 'sadistic commands' of capitalist consumer culture. Focusing on the increasingly blurred lines between neoliberal self-surveillance and neurosis, the book explores how hysteria, anorexia and bulimia share much with contemporary online imperatives around fitness, health and beauty. Offering some solace through activist work on social networks, the book proposes that selfie culture needs a new set of rules for it to become a space of empowerment and to loosen the disciplinary control that it exerts.

Catherine Grant, Senior Lecturer, Art and Visual Cultures department, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Selfies and social media have an image problem - in more ways than one. In this compelling book, Dawn Woolley challenges the narrow stereotypes criticising how bodies are portrayed in these digital media. She elucidates their complex meanings, practices and politics, and in doing so, recuperates their value, particularly for women with non-normative bodies.

Deborah Lupton, SHARP Professor, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Australia


Dawn Woolley offers up an exciting and eloquent exploration of the often sadistic ways that contemporary capitalism compels us to consume. Importantly Woolley gives us valuable insight into radical self-presentation approaches on social media that glitch and refuse the 'ideal' in order to empower a body's presence.

Dr. Jacki Willson, Associate Professor in Performance and Gender, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, UK

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'If we think of our attention as an act of care, my hope is that tech allows for increased attention to the things that matter, so long as we can stave off feelings of jadedness or burnout and remain mindful of how we consume information and connect.'

'Woolley sheds light on how social media mediates the hyper(in)visibility of marginalized bodies'.

Introduction by Maya Ellen Hertz (Editor-in-Chief) for Cursor Magazine's Special Issue Attention!

My contribution, Attention Rebels, can be read here:

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#Rebel Selves installation is something between a stage set for an absurdist play, a camp hall of mirrors, and an exploded 3-dimensional photograph. Fabric wall-hangings, masks, costumes, and props create a performative installation space inviting visitors to play different characters and take queer selfies that rebel against gender, beauty, and other norms. Costumes and props enable visitors to determine how visible they are, either merging into the backdrops thorough camouflaging costumes or standing out with dazzling masks.  Binary gender ideals are confounded by the theatre flats and furniture which present an array of poses and gestures. 


Selfies are an important form of self-expression because they enable marginalised people not represented on mainstream media to be visible, create online communities, and participate in self-esteem building interactions. However, selfies are expected to conform to binary gender and other beauty ideals. Research shows that bodies that are marginalised in terms of race, gender, sexuality, size and disability experience hostility online. This may prevent them from receiving the benefits of using social media platforms. #Rebel Selves explores creative methods that could be used when taking selfies in order to avoid some of these problems.


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