Linda Bell

Linda Bell creates complex, sometimes raw, often delicate, interactive art works. She has a unique style which has grown through her experimental approach to developing her practice. The process of making is crucial to Linda’s own relationship with her work. She frequently makes sculptures which can be played with and whilst making she will experiment with ways of moving and engaging with a piece. This playing approach means the tactile quality of the materials is vital, Linda seeks out materials which can satisfy her need to create certain movements and shapes. She has many varied processes she applies to different types of materials and is immensely flexible and skilled in bringing materials together, developing sensitive connections between materials and forms. Linda is keen to collaborate whilst creating work and enjoys exploring the relationship between herself, her work and the viewer or collaborator, sharing the playing experience.




Linda has been a resident artist at the ActionSpace Voltaire Studio since 1999. The quality and unique nature of Linda‘s interactive sculptural work is widely recognised with Linda frequently selected for group exhibitions alongside contemporary and outsider artists. In 2015 Linda was commissioned with artist Sam Haynes to create a large artwork for the Love Festival at the Southbank Centre. Sam and Linda share a love of tactile materials and collaborated to create ‘Stretch and Squeeze’. For the Outside In and Craftspace touring exhibition Radical Craft in 2017 Linda screened a short film of her interactive hanging sculptures created within Tooting Market for the Wandsworth Arts Fringe in 2012.
Linda is a lead artist for ActionSpace Live, our participatory and live art events programme. Linda has led high energy; big sculpture workshops across London, sharing her inclusive, interactive art practice with multiple community groups, the Royal Academy and public drop in events for Fun Palaces.
Linda led ‘Cube Station’, a live participatory event for WAF 2018 at the Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, inviting participants to co-create a large-scale interactive sculptural installation. In 2019 Linda co-led Tubelines, ActionSpace’s live event for Tate Exchange, Tate Modern alongside artists Nnena Kalu, Pardip Kapil and Mark Lawrence. For TubeLines Linda created her lengthy sculptural tubes and interconnecting fabric forms along and within the mega tubing structure that stretched across the Tate Exchange space and explored with visitors the potential of movement and interaction with her artwork.
During the Pandemic Linda successfully transferred aspects of her participatory practice online and is a lead artist on ActionSpace’s ‘Make it Live’ live art/digital programme. For ‘Make it Live’ in 2021 Linda shared her unique sculptural making processes and interactions during a series of online workshops and events including A New Direction ‘I Am Festival’ with SEN students across London and The British Museum’s ‘Get Creative’ programme with Leonard Cheshire day centres. Linda is currently working towards a film and sculptural commission for Hospital Rooms.


Workshops and Participatory Events


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