Sunny Vowles



Sunny Vowles is a multidisciplinary artist based in Leeds, UK. Vowles’ work often involves cross-disciplinary collaboration in the fields of art, science and agriculture. Working primarily in Sculpture, Vowles’ practice comprises installation, writing, drawing, sound & performance. Current research includes materiality, subverting connotations around rigidity in sculpture and art practice, the sharing of agency, and embodying working-class histories in relation to the environment.

Vowles studied BA Fine Art (International) at the University of Leeds (2018), is a studio member of artist-led Serf, and co-founder of Freehold Projects in Leeds. She was part of the Yorkshire International Sculpture Network (2020), received a British Arts Council DYCP Grant (2021), was an artist in residence for UK New Artists (2022) and is currently doing an alternate MA with School of the Damned (2022/23). Present collaborations include The Yonis – a band that dances, and as a research & design associate for a bio-based material start-up, where they create biocomposites with materials such as cyanobacteria and seashells.


Sunny Vowles

b. 1995, Bristol.


  • 2014-18 University of Leeds, BA Fine Art (International)
  • 2016-17 Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem University of Fine Art, Erasmus (Distinction)
  • 2013-14 Bristol School of Art, Foundation Course in Fine Art (Distinction)



  • 2017 It’s No Use Crying, MKE University, Epreskert, Budapest

Selected Group Shows

  • 2018-Present Serf N Turf, London
  • 2018 Left Bank Leeds Art Prize, Left Bank Leeds
  • 2018 SQUEEZE, Degree Show, University of Leeds
  • 2018 Hardeep Pandhal and David Steans: Lecture Theatre, Cave Project Space, University of Leeds
  • 2018 Squeeze TV, Cave Project Space, University of Leeds
  • 2018 The Last Supper, 34 Boar Lane, Leeds
  • 2018 Preeze, 34 Boar Lane, Leeds
  • 2018 after the exploration of, Cave Project Space, University of Leeds
  • 2018 Summer, Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds 
  • 2017 The Morning After the Night Before, Studio 24, Leeds
  • 2017 Paper, The Hepworth, Wakefield 
  • 2017 ?, Trafó House, Budapest
  • 2017 Make Yourself at Home: Gentrification, Guided Tour and Intervention, Budapest
  • 2017 Intermedia Show, Müszi, Budapest
  • 2016 Painting Exhibition, MKE University, Budapest
  • 2016 Conceptual walks, MKE University, Budapest
  • 2016 Figment, The Brunswick, Leeds
  • 2015 Hex, Enjoy Art Space, Leeds
  • 2014 Sacred, Church of St John the Baptist, Bristol
  • 2014 Bristol School of Art Foundation Exhibition, Bristol

Residencies & Prizes

  • 2019 Arthouse Residency, Wakefield
  • 2018 Le Consulat Residency, Paris
  • 2018 Left bank Leeds Art Prize, Leeds
  • 2018 Serf Residency, Leeds