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Adult workshop (age 18+)

Trans casting workshop with Claye Bowler


Central Leeds location (details upon booking)

Exploring the use of materials used in Top, Claye Bowler will explain his process of using silicone, alginate, plaster and latex, guiding you to make small casts.

Casts made in the workshop will be small, rather than full body. Body parts such as hands may be cast, but there is no requirement to undress or to cast from a body.

Techniques will cover how to cast small objects, such as rocks, bottles, or a carabiner.


Attending this event

  • Please bring something to cast – this could be a small object, or you could use your body
  • If you choose to cast a body part, there is a shower available. You should bring your own things to shower with afterwards (soap, a towel etc.)
  • All materials and safety equipment will be provided
  • No moulding, casting or sculptural experience needed



  • This event is free, but spaces are limited to 10 people.
  • Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • This workshop is intended for adults aged 18+ and is not suitable for children
  • This event is only open to trans people
  • It will be hosted in a private room, with only trans people allowed in the space
  • Our toilets are accessible and gender neutral
  • The session lasts for three hours, with a break in the middle

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Portrait of Claye Bowler. Photo: Claye Bowler.

About the artist

Claye Bowler (he/him) recently moved to London from West Yorkshire. His work explores the archive – the body as an archive, hoarding as archiving, and the political priorities of history. He is interested in how queer and trans narratives have been perpetually hidden, erased or destroyed historically and currently. Bowler uses sculpture and performance to subvert these practices, whilst also creating space to showcase and support other queer and trans artists through founding and directing Yonder Gallery 2019-22 and Yorkshire Trans Choir 2018-22.

Bowler was Young Curator for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival hcmf// 2019-22, commissioned artist for Yorkshire Sculpture International 2021 and exhibiting artist for UK New Artists (UKNA) Leicester City Takeover 2022. His work was recently included as part of the group exhibition On Queer Ground at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2022) and he has an upcoming residency with Jerwood Arts and Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange (2023). He is currently Assistant Registrar – ARTIST ROOMS – Tate & National Galleries of Scotland, London & Edinburgh.

Top is his first solo exhibition. This exhibition follows the realisation of Bowler’s Measured Transition 2016-21, co-commissioned by the Henry Moore Institute and Yorkshire Sculpture International. The performance and video were the culmination of a five-year durational performance around the subject of top surgery within the UK public health system.

Claye Bowler: Top


Claye Bowler: Top

Gallery 4
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Getting here

The Henry Moore Institute

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74 The Headrow
United Kingdom

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