Johanna Leech


Johanna Leech was born in 1985 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She received a BA Hons in Fine and Applied Art at the University of Ulster in 2007.

She currently lives in Belfast and works as a Late Night Art Tour Guide for the Belfast City Council and Festival co-ordinator of Belfast Photo Festival.  She was a co-director of Catalyst Arts Gallery 2007-2009 and is currently on the Catalyst Arts Archive Committee.

Leech received an Individual Artist Award and Travel Grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2011.  In 2012 she was awarded a residency in Washington DC with ARCH Development Corporation.  She had a residency for The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) in March 2008 in Reykjavík, and for ‘residence SHAC’ in 2009 in Belfast.

Leech actively collaborates with New York based artist Matthew Slaats, creating international events such as ‘Transatlantic Diner’.

Selection of Exhibitions and Events include:

  • January 2013 Washington Residency Exhibition, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

  • 21st September 2012 ‘Transatlantic Diner’ live link up in New York & Belfast

  • April – June 2012  LUMEN8 Anacostia festival, Washington DC, USA

  • February 2012 solo show ‘THEY ARE NOT ALBINOS’ at Mailbox 141 in Melbourne, Australia.

  • May 2010 ‘Art Rebels’ at Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

  • April 2009 Food installation at PS2 Gallery, Belfast.

  • November 2008 ‘Meet me at sunset’ at Gallery 4 All Arts, Liverpool.

  • March 2008. SÍM Residency Show at Icelandic Visual Artists,

  • Reykjavik.

  • October 2007. ‘Annual Student Show’ Catalyst Arts, Belfast.