The University of Leeds – MA Fine Art (2021-23)

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)

Solo Exhibitions


Can You Spot Me Real Quick? Assembly House, Leeds.


Grounded. Python Gallery, Middlesbrough.

Tensions. Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Selected Group Shows


Leeds Summer Group Show

Stunning, Fierce & Yellow v.2. The Auxiliary, Middlesbrough.

Safe In Each Other’s Shadows. Project Space, University of Leeds.

Stunning, Fierce & Yellow. Gallery North, Newcastle.

Routes North. Messums, Harrogate.


Material Matter. Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds.


Leeds Summer Group Show

CRAFT. Thought Foundation, Birtley.


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

Training Montage. Pineapple Black Gallery, Middlesbrough.

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


Left Bank Art Prize 2018, Leeds

Free Range, London

SYZYGY Leeds Art University Degree Show, Leeds

Duty Free, Leeds

Sister//Cister, Leeds


Y THO, Leeds




Duty Free, Leeds

Y THO, Leeds (Head of Curation)

Prizes, awards, and residencies, commissions

Judging panel, Durham University Student Art Prize, 2022.

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


‘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.