Paul Harfleet CV

Paul Harfleet C.V.

The Pansy Project

The Pansy Project is an ongoing artist’s initiative and artwork devised by Paul Harfleet in 2005, the artist revisits locations where homophobia has been experienced and plants pansies. Self seeding pansies act as a living memorial to this abuse and operate as an antidote to it; some pansies wither whilst others thrive in car park borders and windswept road verges. After an individual planting the pansy's location is named after the abuse received. The Pansy Project consists of individual plantings, photographs and occasional large scale installations at sites of homophobia. Utilising various on-line facilities such as Face Book, Twitter and Blogging the project has garnered a worldwide following and has featured in various festivals and exhibitions internationally from New York to London.

Artist Statement

Paul Harfleet’s interest lies in the implications of citizenship and its influence on the navigation and memory of the urban environment. He augments and re-contextualises various sites and objects by allocating them with new meaning or significance often through drawing, photography and intervention, from his ongoing Pansy Project which involves the artist planting pansies at the site of homophobic abuse to his current focus on objects that exist in the public realm from memorial sculpture to a more general exploration of the built environment.

Paul Harfleet is London based artist who has exhibited extensively worldwide, The Pansy Project has been included in various festivals from the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2007 to the Reykjavik Arts Festival in Iceland 2008. He was shortlisted for the ‘Best of Manchester’ award at Urbis in 2008, ‘The Pansy Project Garden’ Gold Medal Winner and Best Conceptual Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010. And also co-ran Apartment, an artist-led exhibition and project space which was based in his one bedroom council flat in central Manchester.


Phone: 07870 244 153


Forthcoming/February 2010 – ‘Backlash? The resurgence of homophobic violence in contemporary London’, UCL Urban Laboratory, London, paper presented by Paul Harfleet,
August 2008 - Manchester Metropolitan University, T.R.I.P Conference, paper presented by Chris Buckley and Maureen Ward
November 2007 – Tate, Liverpool, ‘The Art of Protest: Art, Activism and Oppositionality’, paper presented by Maureen Ward
May 2007 – Southbank Centre, London, ‘100 Ideas’, speaker Paul Harfleet


Forthcoming/Featured in ‘City Farmer’, Lorraine Johnson, Greystone Books, 2010
Forthcoming/Featured in ‘Radical Gardening’, Dr George Mackay, Frances Lincoln, 2010.

Featured in TRESPASS, History of Urban Art, Wooster Collective, Phaidon , 2010
Featured in ‘International Encyclopedia of Human Geography’, edited by Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift, Elsevier Science, 2009
Featured in ‘On Guerrilla Gardening’, Richard Reynolds, published by Bloomsbury, 2007

Selected Exhibitions/ Events:

July 2011 – Collaboration with Tatty Devine Jewellery company.

November 2010 –International program Homotopia Festival, Planting and event at British Embassy, Istanbul, Turkey
November 2010 – Featured artist at Outburst Arts Festival, Belfast
July 2010 – ‘The Pansy Project Garden’, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Conceptual Garden, Gold Medal winner, Best Conceptual Garden

November 2009- Shout Festival Birmingham, ‘The Pansy Project’ Hurst Street, Birmingham
May 2009- ‘A Thin Pink Line’ Liverpool, Commission by Merseyside Police

December 2008- Participating Artist at ‘Black Market’ Hannah Hurtzig, Bluecoat, Liverpool
August 2008 - 'The Best of Manchester' Award exhibition (Shortlisted in art category for The Pansy Project)
June 2008 - Ruinous Recollections, Upper Space Gallery, Manchester
May 2008 - 'Hanged' Slaughterhouse, part of 'Journey' curated by Bjorn Roth, Egilsstaðir- Iceland, for the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2008
April 2008- Solo Show, The Pansy Project – Tornado-am-Ostkreuz, Berlin

November 2007 – ‘Memorial to the Unnamed’, St John’s Gardens, Homotopia Festival, Liverpool
June 2007 - 'Meeting Point'-Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin
May 2007 – Solo Exhibition - Tooks Chambers, London
April 2007 – ‘Pansy Give Away’ - as part of LLGFF, London
March 2007 – Sexuality and the Ownership of Space’ South Bank Centre, 100 ideas series, ‘In Conversation’ event part of LLGFF, London
March – April 2007 – ‘For David Morley’, Southbank, Queen’s Walk, part of LLGFF, London
March-April 2007 – The Pansy Project, BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - Festival Image collaboration with Nadege Meriau, London

November 2006- The Pansy Project, Crate, Project Space, Margate
November 2006 - The Pansy Project, Transition Gallery, London
September 2006 - Article featured on, New York
September 2006 - The Pansy Project, Conflux Festival, New York
September 2006 - Article featured in 'Critical Friend', London
August 2006 - 'We Belong Everywhere' for Anachron-Gen. Sheffield
May 2006 - The Pansy Project, queerupnorth, Manchester Art Gallery
Jan-April 2006 – Visitor Assistance; Social Work, Cornerhouse, Manchester
May-August 2006 – The Pansy Project, queerupnorth, Manchester
March 2006 - Travel-Agents-Projects, In-Flight Magazine, Belfast

Nov 2005 – On the Shelf, Compartment, Rogue open studios, Manchester
Sep 2005 – Cyclists Dismount, Apartment, Manchester
May 2005 and ongoing- ‘The Pansy Project’, a series of events and installations- commissioned by queerupnorth international arts festival, Manchester
May 2005- “Pansy!” Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
April 2005 – ‘The Good Life’, Apartment, Manchester

November 2004—‘Artist Book show’, Houseroom, Bath
August 2004—‘twoeightone’ International Mail Art, Manchester/Tokyo/San Paulo
August 2004 - 'Do Something, Floating ip, Manchester
April 2004 - Will Foster, ‘One Minute Video’ project, Glasgow
Feb 2004 -‘Apartment’ inaugural show, artist-led space, Manchester
Jan 2004— Debenham’s window, Manchester
Nov 2003—‘Showhome’, Artist Run, Manchester
Oct 2003— MA graduate show, Holden Gallery, Manchester
Jul 2003—‘The eve of destruction’, international 3, Manchester
May 2003—‘Dark and Disturbing Things’, Ove Arup Space, St James’s buildings, Manchester


(1st Class Ba Hons Degree) Fine Art Painting, Manchester Metropolitan University, ‘98-’01
MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University , ‘02-’03

Curatorial CV

Alongside his artistic practice Paul Harfleet co-ran Apartment (with Hilary Jack), an artist-led project and exhibition space run from his one bedroom council flat in central Manchester. Apartment ran for five years and has shown the work of over thirty International artists. This activity has led to a series of projects outlined below, for more information and a full archive including images please visit

May2009 – PAUL,PAUL IS THE ART- Giorgio Sadotti - Apartment
November 2008- Life of a Bluestocking - Apartment
Aug 2008 – Artranspennine08
March 2008 – Dirty Honky - Apartment
January 2008 – Nikola Irmer – Horst, Apartment
June 2007 – OPEN CUBE, Exhibition Selectors and Curators, CUBE, Manchester
June 2007 - 'Meeting Point'-Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin
Mar 2007 - Maeve Rendle - Mount Purgatory, Apartment
Feb 2007 - Martine Myrup - Domestic Disturbances, Apartment
June 2006 - 'Beneath' at Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Feb 2006 - David Wilkinson and Beáta Veszely - HÁ, Apartment
July 2006 - Cherry Tenneson - OT, Apartment
Jun 2006 - Contents May Vary, Apartment
Dec 2005 - Ken Chu - All We Were Saying, Apartment
Nov 2005 – On the Shelf, Compartment, Rogue Open Studios, Manchester
Oct 2005 - Cyclists Dismount, Apartment
Jun 2005 - Recent Works (Ma Interim Show), Apartment
Jun 2005 - The Good Life, Apartment
Feb 2005 - Joined, Apartment
Jun 2004 - Summer Show, Apartment
Feb 2004 - First Show, Apartment


(1st Class Ba Hons Degree) Fine Art Painting, Manchester Metropolitan University, ‘98-’01
MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University , ‘02-’03


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