Browen Sleigh was born in 1980 in Mid-Wales and is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art with an MA where she was selected for a six week exchange to The University of Calgary, Canada. Bronwen Sleigh is a multi-disciplinary artist who takes inspiration from industrial architecture, unused and forgotten urban spaces, and environments at the edge of ...the city. Her work provokes an extended and considered dialogue with these spaces, which she transforms through the processes of her practice. Sleigh’s work explores space rather than describing it, challenging perceptions of the ordinary by presenting it in an unfamiliar way. Influenced by the phenomenon of the contemporary urban inner city landscape, Bronwen Sleigh works from photographs that collide the "progressive" elements of urban development with the destruction of nature in a constantly evolving and shifting landscape. Meticulously reconstructing such urban environments, from her own photographs, into three-dimensional maquettes first, she eventually transforms the original inhabitable spaces from monstrous proportions to etched abstracted maps or nets. The flattened abstractions allow the viewer to experience such urban landscapes distilled; to meditate on their particular beauty but also to contemplate their strained relationship with nature as "progress" takes its course.
Sleigh has exhibited in the UK and internationally and has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Alf Dun Award (2008), the Davis Langdon Award (2008) and the RCA Society/Thames & Hudson Book Prize (2008). Her work is in the collections of British Museum, V&A, Royal Academy School, Royal College of Art, The Parliamentary Art Collection, Aberystwyth University, Glasgow Print Studio, Edinburgh Printmakers, Highland Council Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Strathclyde University, University of Calgary, Pallant House Gallery, Aberdeen Asset Art Collection, Hatton Gallery, and the City of Edinburgh.