Leopard Arts is an organisation founded to publish and promote art in Aberdeen from across disciplines. We believe that Aberdeen has a lot to offer when it comes to art, with many disparate and yet vibrant scenes working parallel to each other. However, the relative disparity between these groups means that one can feel isolated in Aberdeen and cut off from the rest. A throbbing spoken word night can feel a million miles away from an innovative studio, or from a budding independent film.
We think this is counter-intuitive. It leads the people of Aberdeen to believe that our city is dull, grey and dreary. A place that artists come from and not somewhere they succeed. By offering an online space where anybody can publish their work, we aim to herald, excite and energise the Arts by offering a single hub for all the flourishing Artistic scenes.
Tom Byam Shaw
Tom is a writer, currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen. A well-known presence on the spoken word stages of Aberdeen, he is working on a short story collection about travel, the weird and the anthropocene.
Naomi is a graduate from the University of Aberdeen, holding an MA in English and an Masters in Literature Studies. She is an Aberdeen local, a photographer and street artist, with a keen interest in local history, gender theory, and nineteenth-century Scottish fiction.
Will is a founding member of Leopard Arts and has lived in Aberdeen for 8 years, mostly studying at UoA. He has experience in writing essays and reviews for IV as well as his own fiction and poetry. Will is very interested in folk art, postmodern nonsense and anti-modern theory.
Kirsty hails from Aberdeenshire and has a keen interest in local arts and culture. She works for the University of Aberdeen WayWORD Festival, writes short prose and poetry, and paints. Kirsty is a graduate of UoA with an MA in English & Scottish Literature and an MLitt in Creative Writing.
A graduate of MA English Literature and History of Art at the University of Aberdeen and of The Glasgow School of Art MLitt in Art Writing. She was formerly Arts Editor for The Gaudie student newspaper. Her research explores identity and migration through the interplay between visual and verbal in twentieth-century art.