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Ben Haley

Ben Haley is a merrymaker, who combines digital, sculpture, and performance arts to create lively and whimsical creations. Born in Sunderland in 1998, his upbringing focused on seeking standard employment, despite their enterprising nature. This expresses itself in his work today, with performances that explore employment, economics, and entrepreneurship. Ben Haley is self-taught, taking on the arts after dropping out of an unfulfilling Business Management course at Northumbria University. 

Ben has performed at institutions like the Bowes Museum, Cobalt Studios and the University of the West of Scotland as Miss Penny Press, utilising drag as a way to participate in art. Most recently, Ben’s focus has shifted onto Web3 technology, utilising the Ethereum Blockchain to produce digital art that is provably-rare, which has been exhibited at the Nifty Pride Foundation in the digital world CryptoVoxels. Ben Haley has a synthetic labour token, called $MERRY. 

Recent Work

The Swollen Sea

The Swollen Sea is a poetry piece exploring themes of fear & grief.

Gentleman Josephine

Drag Take-over at Bowes Museum with the DGA, as part of #Untitled10 2019 commission by The Bowes Centre


Darlo to Boro is our grand tour

Residency at Crown Street Gallery and Darlington Library & Archives August, September 2019