Beth Shapeero: The Shape of Things

  • 19 Nov 2021 – 6 Mar 2022
  • 10am–5pm
  • Shirley Cooper Gallery & Gallery 9
  • Free, no booking required

In collaboration with learners from Leeds City College, artist Beth Shapeero presents a new immersive installation developed during a recent residency and participation project.

The work explores abstract gestures drawn from the shapes in our everyday surroundings.

During workshops at The Tetley, site visits and unstructured social time with the students, Shapeero will introduce repetitive and meditative processes to encourage her collaborators to make quickly and lose caution. Using predominantly painting and printmaking, the group will produce an abundance of tiny and large-scale works, which use rhythm and pace to explore dynamic form and colours. Shapeero aims to make space for bold work to emerge by encouraging an un-selfconscious approach to creating.

As both exhibition and participatory project The Shape of Things introduces therapeutic creative processes as a toolkit or set of instructions for slowing down, seeing the world around us and making to support our mental health and wellbeing needs.

In collaboration with:

Jie Brook
Thomas Buttery
Louis Forth
Harry Long
Conor Mitchell
Emily Menzies
James Reains
Matthew Roche
Yu-Xin Shang
Leo Winteringham


Beth Shapeero is Glasgow based artist. She gained her BA (Hons) Fine Art Nottingham Trent University in 2008 and graduated from M.Litt Fine Art Practice at Glasgow School of Art in 2012. Shapeero has exhibited widely and shown work at The Royal Standard, Liverpool and at Glasgow International 2014, 2016 and 2018. She was recently chosen to undertake the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award 2020 Artist Commission at The Tetley. In 2021 she exhibited at The Briggait in Glasgow, Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock and Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. She is currently working collaboratively with Fraser Taylor at The Loading Bay indoor skatepark in Glasgow and they are also working together on a commission for The Hidden Door festival in Edinburgh.

Beth Shapeero: The Shape of Things is the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award 2021 Artist Commission. The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust and managed by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.


  • This exhibition is on display in our first floor galleries.
  • There is lift access to our first floor galleries and accessible toilets on our ground and second floors.
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Beth Shapeero: The Shape of Things
Workshop with Leeds City College students as part of Beth Shapeero's collaborative project The Shape of Things. Photo: Beth Shapeero