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Four artists heading for the Level Residency Lab 

Competition was fierce for our Residency lab, there’s so much talent out there and we would have loved to have been able to award more residencies!

Over the last thirty years Aaron Williamson has created over 300 performances, videos, installations and publications around the world. His work is informed by his experience of becoming Deaf and a progressive sensibility towards disability. Williamson’s work has been purchased by the Arts Council England Collection and UK Government Art Collection.

Alex Billingham creates work amongst the overlaps of Live art, Experimental Theatre, Film and Digital art. Their trans and disabled body collide and intermingle with their neurodiverse brain which they use to map out better ways of survival, making space for othered identities to exist and thrive. They enjoy an analogue approach to manipulating digital technology that allows them to explore a low-fi visual style that binds grime with glitter to make beautiful work.

Maiya Leeke is a Contemporary Dance Artist and Jazz musician. She is a Sadler’s Wells Young Associate 2023/24 and was a finalist in the BBC Young Dancer 2022. Her artistic practice is rooted in research, exploring the physical language of hope and expression of a voice being more than spoken words.

Raquel’s Meseguer Zafe work straddles theatre, dance, installation, performative conversations and photo-documentary. She identifies as dis-abled, and works with rest and horizontality as creative impulses. Raquel founded Unchartered Collective in 2016 to create theatrical encounters that explore the lived experience of an invisible disability like chronic pain.

We’re looking forward to welcoming them all to Level and seeing how a residency with us might steer their practice over the next few years.

Read more about our current residency artists

Group workshops

We’re always planning new workshops and events for groups. These can be delivered on site at Level or sometimes in the community. Lucie, our Engagement & Projects Coordinator, is busy getting in touch with schools and day centres about our Nature Machine and Water Portals workshops. Want to know more? Email:

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