Core Team

Lead Artist. the vacuum cleaner (James Leadbitter)

From one man shows to large scale participatory actions, the vacuum cleaner’s approach is both subtle and extreme, but always candid, provocative and playful.

His work has been exhibited throughout the UK, including commissions from Tate Modern, Wellcome Collection and Nottingham Contemporary as well as for BBC4, Channel 4 and Arte. He regularly present work internationally both on the streets and in art spaces.

Lead Artist. Hannah Hull.

I am a situation-specific artist, creating social sculpture and political interventions. My work is often dialogue-based and temporal. My practice invites people to articulate the spaces in between; to disclose new sites, histories and languages. I am interested in empowering individuals to creatively and critically intervene with their world.

As part of my practice, I deliver and consult on creative practice for social change. My specialist interest is the use of a critical, contemporary art model for ‘socially-excluded’ groups such as recovering addicts, ex-offenders and the homeless. This is the subject of my practice-based PhD, for which I have a studentship at Goldsmiths, University of London with the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship.


Designer. James Christian.

2014 Designer in Residence at London’s Design Museum, Architect, James Christian’s work combines robust thinking and logical solutions with elegance and colour. He is a founder and director of the London based architecture and design studio, Projects Office. James’s architectural experience includes design for healthcare, residential projects, hospitality interiors, installations and commercial projects in the UK and internationally. He is a graduate of the University of Liverpool, Royal College of Art and London Metropolitan University and is a lecturer in the School of Design at Middlesex University.


Designer. Benjamin Koslowski.

Benjamin is an architect-trained designer, currently doing a PhD at the Royal College of Art in London with the Creative Exchange, an AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange hub. His practice-based research under the title ‘Framing Privacy’ uses architectural representation to better understand interaction in digital spaces. Benjamin’s work includes exhibition design and installations, and he has worked in architectural practice on a range of projects including the masterplan for London’s Athletes’ Village. From 2011 to 2013, he was a Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. In addition to his doctoral research, Benjamin teaches in Interiors at Middlesex University.

Illustrator. Rosemary Cunningham.

I have been an illustrator working under the name ‘Illustration, etc.’ for over eight years, creating hand drawn ink illustrations that surprise and delight. I sometimes go free-range: live illustrating events and workshops, painting murals, running art workshops, delivering talks, or making artefacts for mobile museums.

My real love is pictures and words – I am keen on including education, health, and people sharing their stories in my work; which leads me into my love of facts, chat, and making maps. I make work that plays with the world around me, presenting it in a new way, and engaging all ages and backgrounds as much as I can. I am happiest when I am using illustration (etc.) to help communities and organisations make connections between people.

Madlove has taken me to hospitals across the country to meet and chat with new people, and use live illustration to explore concepts. Pulling it all together for this exhibition has been the most challenging piece of work I have ever undertaken.

Commissions | Funders | Supporters

Venues and Commissions. We would like to thank the follow organisations for commissioning, hosting and programming the project.

FACT | Wellcome Collection | Southbank Centre | Fierce Festival | Nottingham Contemporary | NAGAS | Artsadmin | Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space | Homo Novus (Riga) | Bethlam Gallery | Design in Mental Health Conference and Awards | Gessnerallee (Zurich) | Guild Lodge Hospital | Mile End Hospital | Core Arts | Broadland Clinic | Dr Guislain Hospital (Ghent) | Somerset House and King’s College London | G39 | Who Cares?/Staatstheater (Mainz) | LSE Literary Festival | Royal Hospital Edinburgh.

We’ve been helped along the way by.

Anna Zagorska

Kirsi Väänänen

Sue Keen

Sian Baxter

Funding. We would like to thank the following funder’s for their generous support.


Wellcome Trust People’s Award

Arts Council of England

British Psychological Society.

Support. We are indebted to the following organisations for their ongoing support.

Projects Office


Special Thanks to Gill Lloyd.