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Fox Irving

Fox Irving is a Southern based, Liverpool born, working class artist. Their art is shaped by the liminal, precarious identity they inhabit as queer/femme/working class. With a playful, DIY approach informed by activist strategies and centring collaboration, Fox investigates how art can be used by marginalised communities that they are part of as a tool of empowerment.

In 2019 Fox began Women Working Class in the South East and the North West to explore aspects of identity, care, tools for action and change. This project continues in a number of iterations including a web resource. They were part of the Live Art Desk Scheme at Live Art Development Agency in 2019 and invited as one of four artists to be part of the Restock, Rethink, Reflect, an ongoing series mapping underrepresented artists, practices, and histories. In 2020 they created arts and activism resources for the Central School of Speech and Drama. They were part of a conference responding to challenges Covid-19 creates for marginalised people within the arts and was guest Lecturer for Activism Week at Swansea University. In 2023 Fox was the lead curator on Queer Reflections - a project with Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and On Your Face Collective.

Fox is also a registered Mental Health Nurse and since 2019 has been an artist and audience facilitator on a number of projects working alongside artist and mental health activist The Vacuum Cleaner (aka James Leadbitter). These have included Madlove Take Over in 2019; Exposure (2021), a major art project commissioned by Wellcome Collection capturing the experiences of Newham’s health workers during the Covid pandemic; For They Let In The Light (2022) a live commission at Chisenhale Gallery, developed with a group of young artists James met at the Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health in Newham, East London; and most recently 2.8 Billion Minds at Whitechapel Gallery in 2023.