Deborah Gardner’s practice is process and materially led, inspired by such things as the vibrancy of cell, networkable and accumulative structures, plant human mutualism and imagined future environments.  Gardner is a lecturer at the  University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors, the Yorkshire Sculptors Group and LAND2 (Practice led research network). She has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, cemeteries, sculpture parks and industrial regeneration sites.

Most recent work explores the potential in repurposed materials, such as electrical waste to explore the generative power of materials to create new meaning, her most recent 2023 exhibitions, such as ‘Borrow Pit’ at Huddersfield Art Gallery, ‘in between’ at the Ex Libris gallery, Fine Art Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne,’What is this thing called materials research?’, Bragg Building, University of Leeds consider how craft, creativity and engagement with matter and materials in a speculative, innovative, or disruptive way is an integral aspect of practice. Gardner is currently continuing art and science collaboration.  Recent projects have been supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Pint of Science Creative Reactions,  the Zoological Society of London and the Integrated Biological Imaging Network (KCL)  and  have explored shared methods and processes in art and science research practice.