Leela Thornfield is a freelance visual art producer, project manager and marketing consultant working predominantly in the public realm. Based in Bristol, she works closely alongside artists, organisations and stakeholders to develop, manage and deliver projects which surprise, inspire and engage with a range of contexts and people.
Recent projects include a programme of art commissions, talks, workshops and trips commissioned by Bristol City Council as part of the long-term development of the Whitchurch and Hengrove Community Orchard; large-scale temporary public artwork Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram, currently touring to international festivals and venues and a programme of commissions and events developed for Bristol’s iconic Bearpit roundabout, funded by Arts Council England.
Leela has worked with Bristol City Council, Luke Jerram Ltd, Ffotogallery, Spacex and Tate Britain and has had critical and editorial writing published by Aesthetica Magazine, Axisweb, Nom de Strip, this is tomorrow, Photomonitor and Visual Arts South West.
Leela is also a founding member and Co-Director of Hand in Glove, a curatorial collective who produce ambitious new public realm artworks and provide opportunities for new audiences, of all ages, to encounter art in unusual settings. Hand in Glove bring critical, high-quality visual art and performance to the south west region and provide professional development opportunities for artists and writers, including commissioning and mentoring.