Education

Leeds Arts University – BA (Hons) Fine Art (2015-18)

Cleveland College of Art and Design – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fine Art (2013-15)

Selected Exhibitions

2020

CRAFT. Thought Foundation, Birtley.

2019

Major Conversations: The Industrial Narrative. The Turnpike, Leigh.

Grounded. Python Gallery, Middlesbrough.

Training Montage. Pineapple Black Gallery, Middlesbrough.

‘Tensions’. Meet The Artist, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Major Conversations: The Industrial Narrative. Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough.

2018

Left Bank Art Prize 2018, Leeds

Free Range, London

SYZYGY Leeds Art University Degree Show, Leeds

Duty Free, Leeds

Sister//Cister, Leeds

2017

Y THO, Leeds

2016

CMYK

Curation

Duty Free, Leeds

Y THO, Leeds (Head of Curation)

Prizes, awards, and residencies, commissions

Material Matter Commission, Sunny Bank Mills, 2020

Sculpture Network 2020, Yorkshire Sculpture International

Patrick Studios Residency, funded by Leeds Arts University, 2020

Woven Festival Commission, Kirklees, 2019

Artist in Residence – Prior Pursglove College & Stockton Sixth Form College, 2018/19

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Graduate Award and Residency, 2018 (Winner)

Left Bank Leeds Art Prize 2018 (Shortlisted)

Free Range Awards Fine Art Week Special Mention, 2018

Kenneth Armitage Young Sculptor Prize, 2018 (Shortlisted)

The One Show Summer Art Competition 2014, The Royal Academy of Arts London (Shortlisted)

Publications/Online articles

UN//TITLED: An Anthology of Queer Contemporary Art 2016-2020

Snooping Through Studios column: interview with Connor Shields

Zwischen: Vada Workshop, ThatLooksQueer

PICASSO BABY DIGITAL ISSUE 003

‘Perspectives’ YSP, Bloomberg Connects App

CVFM Radio Connor Shields Interview

Award-winning artist from Middlesbrough gets creative during lockdown

YSI Sculpture Network 2020

A Fallow Time: Strength In Isolation

Artist Structures of Support: Online Talk, YSI

After View Interview

Home is where the art is for former student of The Northern School of Art

Review of ‘Tensions’ at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Boat House, 2019. 

Review of ‘Major Conversations: The Industrial Narrative’ by ‘Hey Art, What’s Good?’

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Visiting Artist

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Awards Residency To Fine Art Graduate

Alumni Shortlisted For Art Prize

Balaclava-Q Artist feature

Nest Magazine – LGBTQ+ edition, 2018.