LEIGH DE VRIES - Visual Artist, Mental Health Advocate, Body Dysmorphic Disorder

The Installation Body Dysmorphic Disorder




The project has been exhibited in various versions of construction in both the UK and USA. Consisting of two video viewing rooms conjoined by a dark maze like passages providing the audience with a multi-sensory experience to create something original and unexpected.

Inviting reflection and serving as a sort of right of passage for many of the audience allowing them an opportunity to transcend their identities and experience themselves differently, amplifying their own situation and experiences back to them, navigating inside and around the mind of a BDD sufferer.


project highlights:


The success of the delivery of the piece was centred around the public engagement and youth outreach program and this was developed and delivered through participation, dialogue, provocation and the immersive experience.


Reached Audience (broadcast, online, in writing) is currently up to +/- 13 Million.


Keynote speaker at “Breaking Boundaries For Museums by Ironbridge Museum Trust & Arts Council England ” for West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD), “How to use the Arts to Engage Young People with Museums” for West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD), Case study and Keynote speaker at “The Cultural Prescription – How can the arts support Health and Wellbeing” for Museum Development Trust, York. Learn More →


’Exposure' the short film by Leigh de Vries was featured at the 1st BDD Foundation conference in London.


The story has been translated and broadcast by news websites in over 30 countries including France, Portugal, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Unites States, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldovia, Canada, Finland, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Australia, Austria, Chile, Ireland and counting...