Ellie Harrison

Lead Artist

Ellie Harrison is a performance maker and artist living in Leeds and working internationally.


She creates a range of solo and collaborative devised performance work for studios, galleries, found and public spaces. Participation is at the heart of all of her work as a performer, facilitator and mentor of young people. Her work is often characterised by a playful and provocative approach to difficult topics, encouraging audiences to make decisions and participate.


Ellie lectures on her practice, giving talks and workshops in a wide variety of contexts including Wrought Festival Sheffield, the inaugural Making Routes symposium with Nic Green, Adrian Howells, Kieran Hurley and Wrights and Sites. She spoke at Good Girls Eat Dinner alongside Cathy Newman from Chanel 4 News, Anna Watkins from Guardian Labs and international curator Fatos Ustek. https://vimeo.com/159474375 https://vimeo.com/160858985

Ellie is a lecturer in the performance department at Leeds Beckett University.

She graduated from Bretton Hall with a first class Degree in Acting in 2006 and an MA in Performance with Distinction from Leeds Beckett University in 2011.

After graduating Ellie was on the Artistic Direction team for Pointed Arrow, making a range of journey based public art projects. Her first solo show Dressing The Part toured nationally and was developed into a durational performance in collaboration with Ollie Smith and supported by Greenroom Manchester and Light Night Leeds.

In 2015 Ellie won A Love Arts award for her work on The Grief Series. Working on Grief Series has seen Ellie travel to Prague, Paris, Mexico City, Sibiu Festival and Timisoara Romania. The Projects in The Grief Series have gained national press attention. She has been invited to speak on Radio 4 Women’s Hour and included in Lynn Gardner’s theatre pick of the year.