Gal Leshem

Gal Leshem is a London based artist with a socially engaged practice. Her work centres around the significance of history and collective memory within the construction of local identities. In 2017, Gal was an artist in residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain School Workshop Programme. In 2017-18 she was part of Up Projects’ Constellations, a research and development programme for artists working in community contexts. Gal’s recent exhibitions and projects include Broadway Gallery (Letchworth 2019), Jerusalem Film Festival, T J Boulting (London), CCA Video Greenhouse at Fresh Paint Fair (Tel Aviv), APT Gallery (London), White House Dagenham (London), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Block 336, (London), The Israeli Centre for Digital Art, (Holon, Israel), Water Tower Art Fest (Sofia), Flat Time House, (London), Mostyn/Agore, Mostyn (Wales), Baltic (Newcastle). She graduated from Goldsmiths University with a joint First Class Hons BA in Fine Art & Art History in 2016 and is currently undertaking her MA Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Art.


As Lesham washes her hands, the water running through her fingers prompts reflection on the symbolism of water that can guard, or dissolve social barriers or forge brand new connections.


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