Lesley Halliwell is an artist currently undertaking a practice-based Ph.D. (NWCDTP Award holder 2014–20) at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. She has an MA in fine art from Manchester Metropolitan University (2001), an MA in twentieth-century art history Goldsmith’s College, University of London (1995) and a BA(hons) from Nottingham Trent University (1989). Lesley’s research is about the depth of surface. It is through her practice-based enquiry that she aims to more fully understand the interplay between the outward-facing and the inward supporting components of the picture plane. Exhibitions include New Contemporaries; The Jerwood Drawing Prize: Superabundant, Turner Contemporary, Margate; Pattern Recognition, Leicester City Art Gallery; The Drawing Show, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Beauty is the First Test, Pumphouse Gallery, London (touring).