Professor Matty BOVAN is inviting people for the rare opportunity to ask him anything they like, live at Leeds School of Arts. Taking place from 9am – 5pm on Friday 19th May, Matty’s inaugural performance, to celebrate his investiture as Professor of Fashion at Leeds Beckett University, replaces the traditional inaugural lecture format.

SQUISH: TRASH: COSMETIC: aims to deconstruct the idea of a lecture and surprise both the audience and himself in the process, as Matty will be transforming the space he is stationed in, alongside himself and his body throughout the day to metamorphosise into a completely new existence.

Matty Bovan is known in the world of fashion for his elevation of craft in Britain and his commitment to sustainability and upcycling. This is a rare opportunity to witness a radical idea of a lecture on art, design and life. Matty invites you to come along and ask some questions.

SQUISH: TRASH: COSMETIC: is part of the Leeds School of Arts’ dedicated fashion season, RUN, which will culminate in two graduate runway shows (matinee and evening) on Thursday 1st June at the new Leeds School of Arts theatre. The fashion class of ‘23 will showcase their final designs whilst the second year’s will display work from their Alexander McQueen project. It is also Part of Leeds Beckett University's inaugural professorial lecture series and is running during LEEDS 2023's Season Two: Playing Showcase.

Matty, along with Head of Fashion, Sam Hudson-Miles have already disrupted Leeds city centre with an immersive photoshoot featuring the garments created by this year’s fashion graduates. Not only could spectators watch the live photoshoot take place during this one-day-only event, but those who dressed to impress were given a limited edition designed Matty Bovan RUN t-shirt or tote bag.

SQUISH: TRASH: COSMETIC: An Inaugural Performance by Professor Matty Bovan
9am – 5pm on Friday 19th May

Leeds School of Arts building, Leeds Beckett University City Campus Portland Way Leeds LS1 3PB

Tickets are free from Eventbrite: