Art Word Place

Art Word Place focuses on the interplay between text and image. Writers from the Arts North West region have been commissioned to create a short poem based on their home landscape. Selected artists have then drawn on this composition as the basis and inspiration of a new work capturing the identity and sense of place of the New England North West. There are recurring themes – of rivers, plains and sky, of drought, of adversity but also of optimism.

Artists: Gabi Briggs, Leah Bullen, Peter Champion, Jan Clark, Sharon Gilmour, Michelle Hungerford, Nancy Hunt, Paula Jenkins, Maree Kelly, Rowen Matthews, Liz Munro, Angus Nivison, Fay Porter, Liz Powell, Max Powell, Liz Priestley, David Waugh, Jo White

Writers: Nicole Alexander, Anne Bell, Michael Burge, Esther Gardiner, John Heffernan, Lizzie Horne, Heather Kerridge, Peter Langston, Yvonne Ledingham, Yve Louis, Sophie Masson, Lucy Munro, Bronwyn Parry, Helena Pastor, Virginia Tapscott, Michael Thorley, Nate Weatherall, Suzie Wicks

Art Word Place was shown at Tamworth Regional Gallery in November 2019, and will travel to other cities during 2020-2021, including the Regional Australia Institute in Canberra from March 9- June 9 2020.

Posted: 24 February 2020

Artbank Acquisition

Artbank recently acquired Leah’s work Visit Utopia through the Artbank roadshow. Established in 1980 as a federal government support program, Artbank’s two core objectives are to provide direct support to Australian contemporary artists through the acquisition of their work and to promote the value of Australian contemporary art to the broader public. Artbank funds its operations through the leasing of artworks from its collection.

Posted: 24 February 2020


Biophilia is an exhibition of watercolour monotypes made over the course of Leah’s PhD as well as new works on paper. Opening 21 June 2019 at New England Regional Arts Museum, Armidale, NSW. Exhibition continues until 28 July 2019. For more details visit the NERAM website

Posted: 2 July 2019

Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award

Leah has been selected as a finalist in the inaugural Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award. Splash has been established to showcase Australian artists work in the medium of watercolour. It is an acquisitive award with funds from the Fornari Bequest, by the will of the late Lena May Fornari and is a legacy of her support of the arts in Victoria. Splash focuses on contemporary watercolour practice and will be granted to an outstanding original artwork in the medium of watercolour which will become part of the McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery collection. The award aims to promote artistic excellence and to support contemporary artists while expanding McClelland’s high-quality collection for the benefit of the local community and Mornington Peninsula region.

Posted: 11 October 2018

2018 Fremantle Art Centre Print Award

This year the 43rd annual Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing presents the best of Australian printmaking. Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books returns with a selection of works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists from across the nation. Leah is a three-time finalist in this prestigious award. The exhibition runs from 14 Sept to 4 November.

Posted: 25 September 2018