Leah Hickey is a visual artist whose primary concerns are intimacy, voyeurism, sex as self-harm, heartbreak and the role of Woman as caregiver, and is informed by filmic and pictorial pornography.
Leah Hickey (b. 1996, Walsall) is an artist concerned with grief, sexual becoming and gender dysphoria. Using writing, self-portraiture and sculpture, Hickey is informed by erotic literature, adult print media and the duality of one's public versus private persona. Hickey has displayed work both locally and nationally, including Digbeth First Friday and more recently as part of WANK Collective's 'Endless Houseshare' in Peckham, London. She has delivered public performances at Birmingham School of Art's monthly social 'Night School' and presented an artist talk with Grain Photography Hub at PHOTOCAFÉ in the Jewellery Quarter.
Hickey co-manages and operates an artist's studio at the Jubilee Centre in Birmingham's Gay Village, where she also presents Velvet Film Club, a publicly engaged project with a focus on arts criticism and education to aid professional development. Her writing has been published in arts journal Forward Magazine and in 2020 she was featured in Polyester, an intersectional feminist arts and culture publication. In 2021 Hickey co-founded Maiden.studio, an artist-run online platform which centres a collaborative approach to the production and curation of artwork.