Born in 1980 in Birmingham,
Sleigh studied at the Glasgow School of Art (BA Design Illustration 2002) the Royal College of Art (MA Fine Art Printmaking 2008) where she was selected for a six week exchange to The University of Calgary, Canada.
Sleigh is a multi-disciplinary artist who takes inspiration from industrial architecture, forgotten urban spaces and environments at the edge of the city. She describes her work as avoiding the romantic or mimetic but creating a ‘dialogue with these spaces, creating images which explore space rather than describing it, challenging perceptions of the ordinary by presenting it in an unfamiliar way’. In 2015 she traveled to Kampala, Uganda to explore its modernist architecture on which she based a suite of etchings.
She has worked for several prestigious arts organisations including the Royal College of Art, The Royal Academy Schools as a Print Fellow and at Edinburgh Printmakers as etching technician and collaborating printer. Sleigh lives and works in Glasgow.
Since 2002 she has exhibited frequently and widely throughout the UK and internationally at galleries in USA, Canada, France, Portugal, Finland, China, Japan and Australia.
Public Collections which have acquired examples of her work include the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Academy School, Royal College of Art, the Parliamentary Art Collection. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; Highland Council Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Aberdeen Asset Art Collection and the university collections at Strathclyde, Newcastle, Aberystwyth, Warwick and Calgary, Canada.