Leicester-based artist Lucy Stevens creates multi-media artworks inspired by birdsong and natural science collections using drawing, painting, field recording and music. She works alongside a range of experts in a variety of subjects linked to the natural environment, including scientists and ornithologists to celebrate the value and beauty of nature.
Education & Qualifications
2018 – 2019 CIM Level 6 Diploma in professional Marketing, Nottingham Trent University School of Business
2006- 2007 MA Fine Art Nottingham Trent University School of Art & Design
2002- 2005 BA (Hons) Fine Art Nottingham Trent University School of Art & Design
2001- 2002 Foundation Art and Design De Montfort University
2020 Manchester Art Fair
2020 The Other Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery, London – POSTPONED
2020 Nottingham Contemporary Print Fair
2019 Harley Gallery Art Market, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
2019 Christmas Craft and Food Fair, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2019 Affordable Art Fair: Battersea Park, London (Autumn)
2019 Melbourne Festival, Derbyshire
2019 Art House, Leicester
2018 Roy’s People Art Fair at Bargehouse OXO Tower Wharf, London (November)
2018 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London (Autumn)
2018 Roy’s People Art Fair at Bargehouse OXO Tower Wharf, London (April)
Selected Solo Exhibitions / commissions
2019 A Song For A: Wood Pigeon / Chiffchaff / Crow for Timber Festival, Feanedock Wood, Leicestershire. In collaboration with musicians Roopa Panesar and Rishii Chowdhury.
2019 Bird Skins exhibition in collaboration with Bill Newsinger, Lightbox Gallery, LCB Depot, Leicester.
2017 Performing Industry, collaboration with musicians to produce a concert featuring industry field recordings, prints and projection, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2016 The Red Species List, collaboration with musicians to produce a concert featuring birdsong field recordings and projection, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2011 The End of the Line, Egg Box Messages and Under the Seine, Open studio at CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France
2010 Stain, audio-visual projection onto Wirksworth teaching pool. As part of the Young Curators Project and Wirksworth Festival
2010 Flock, origami bird and audio installation at Wirksworth teaching pool. As part of the Young Curators Project and Wirksworth Festival
2010 Don’t Shoot the messenger, site specific sound walk, Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
2009 Walk With Me, commissioned sound walk for the grounds of Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
2007 Conscious Void, sound and textile installation, collaboration with textile artist Cat Preston. The City Gallery: The Upstairs Gallery, Leicester
2004 What Are You Afraid Of?, video installation for The City Gallery: The Upstairs Gallery, Leicester
Selected Group Exhibitions / commissions
2019 – 2020 Open 30: The Peoples Exhibition, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
2019-2020 Winter Open exhibition, Sock Gallery, Loughborough
2019 LSA Annual exhibition 2019, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
2019 Summer Open exhibition, Sock Gallery, Loughborough
2019 StudionAme exhibition at We Are, gallery in Leicester
2018 Open 29 exhibition, New Walk Museum, Leicester
2018 De Montfort University StudionAme Stairwell in the VJ Patel building, Leicester
2018 LSA Annual exhibition 2018, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
2018 L.O.V.E. Art – The Leicester Open Variant Exhibition, Curve Theatre, Leicester
2018 Crowd Show at NN Contemporary Art, Northampton
2018 Loop exhibition: Design Season 1 at LCB Depot, Leicester
2018 Brief Encounters Science and Art group exhibition, Leicester Royal Infirmary Odames library in the Victoria building, open Mon – Fri, 10am – 4.30pm.
2018 StudionAme Open Studios Saturday 25 August, 12 noon – 6pm
2018 Cove Landscape (monochrome) for Derby Print Open, Green Door Printmaking Studio, Derby
2018 Oil Spill and The Swithland Wood Recordings for our eARTh exhibition at Kunsthuis Gallery, North Yorkshire
2018 The Red Species List (selection of 4 prints) for Animal Contemporary: ARTbound Community, The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
2017 – 2018 The Swithland Wood Recordings as art of Walker & Bromwich: The Art Lending Library, The Gallery, De Montfort University, Leicester.
2017: Permanent Fixture at StudionAme as part of Leicester Art Week, Leicester
2017: Leicester: Memories of Industry exhibition, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2016: ‘Corn Bunting’ and ‘Curlew’ as part of The Red Species List concert have been selected for the Midlands Printmakers Open 2016 at The Henderson Gallery, Nottingham.
2016: Red Fody and Herring Gull, Hamerkop and White-faced Whistling Duck and The Swithland Wood Recordings have all been selected to be exhibited at New Walk Museum’s Open 27 Exhibition.
2016 ‘Red Fody and Hamerkop’ and ‘Feral Pigeons under Lancaster Rd bridge’, monoprints and ink at BIRDscapes Gallery, Glandford, Holt.
2016 Cuckoo (green), International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
2015 ‘Red Fody and Hammerkop’ and ‘Feral Pigeons under Lancaster Rd bridge’ as part of Concrete Nature, Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire.
2015 Unheard Voices, multi-channel sound piece (with live vocalist, Brona Martin) diffusion performance for Hear This Space concert at New Walk Museum, Leicester.
2015 Pigeon Clock Graph and Pigeon Feather Pie Chart, digital prints exhibited as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival at Manhattan34, Leicester.
2014 Pigeon Clock Graph, digital print exhibited as part of Bamboozle Theatre’s charity open exhibition, Silver Arcade, Leicester
2014 St George’s church sound recording added to app for ‘Hidden Stories and Sounds of the Cultural Quarter’, Leicester
2014 Representing Birdsong: The Swithland Wood Recordings, Passion2Print exhibition, Leicester Print Workshop at LCB Depot, Leicester. Music used as part of The Spark Festival at Attenborough Arts Centre (2015) and as part of Indian Summer at LCB Depot and Orton Square (2015).
2014 Radioactive presents: Air Traffic, a collaboration with Esther Ainsworth, soundscape installation, for Balfron Tower open season exhibition, London
2014 The Magic Voice, digital print for the Open 25 exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
2014 Oil Spill Digital print for ‘Web of Water’ touring exhibition, including: The Atrium Gallery (ICCA) in Nottingham, Carsington Water in Derbyshire, Sharpes Pottery Museum in Derbyshire, Artcore Gallery in Derby, Curve in Leicester and Deda in Derby.
2014 Curlew song and Redshank and Brambling song monoprints and soundtrack, Since 1843: In the Making, Bonington Building, Nottingham Trent University
2013 The Magic Voice, digital print for ‘Museum Metamorphosis’, exhibited at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.
2013 Pigeon feather Pie chart, Pigeon Clock Graph and Half eaten bread and seed, digital print at the Open 24 exhibition, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
2012 Pigeon Clock Graph and Half eaten bread and seed, digital print at Nottingham Castle annual open exhibition
2012 Cross-processed: photographs of sound recording locations, Leicester People’s Photography Gallery, Leicester
2012 Egg 1-4, silver gelatin prints, Vesch ‘Objects with a soul’ as part of Lo-fi photography group at Gallery 12, QE College, Leicester.
2012 Feeding Frenzy prints (sunprint paper) and Baguette microphone sound recording, Wright studio art exhibition, The Exchange Bar, Leicester
2009 Humberstone Gate IAC, site specific sound installation Stench V, Independent Art Centre, Leicester
2008 Untitled, sound installation Gold Soundz, Southwell Artspace, Nottingham
2007 Bellytastic, sound installation, MA zing, The Arts Organisation, Nottingham
2007 Unheard Sounds, sound walk, Feast MA Exposition Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2007 The Sounds of the Playhouse, sound walk for Offstage exhibition, The Playhouse Theatre, Nottingham
2007 Spyhole, CCTV installation Transition Exhibition (as part of the Rules of the game series), co curated with Cat Preston for MA Fine art students, The Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2007 Illuminated the darkness. Painted mural for ‘Bloom’, commission design for Royal Crown Hotel, Brussels
2006 Confessions of the paranormal, commission video installation The DOT Arena II- Sideshow (the fringe of British Art show 6- Nottingham) Belvoir Street, Leicester
2005 What Was That? Video installation Degree show Nottingham Trent University (also screened during 2005- 2006 at Projektor: Max 5 Showreel Cafe Gallery London, Trampoline Broadway cinema Nottingham, Sofa So Good Aberdeen Scotland, 700IS Reindeerland Video Festival, East Iceland)
2018 – onwards: Leicester Society of Artists
2015 – onwards: Leicester Print Workshop
Awards and Funding
2019 Highly commended for ‘Puffin (Skomer Island)’ Summer Open exhibition, Sock Gallery, Loughborough
2018 LCB Depot Showcase Winner as part of Open 29 exhibition, New Walk Museum, Leicester
2018 Art House Prize for ‘Puffin (Skomer Island)’ as part of Open 29 exhibition, New Walk Museum, Leicester
2018 Awarded the Henton Ellis Prize for ‘Landscape Coming to Life’ as part of the LSA annual exhibition at New Walk Museum, Leicester.
2016 Leicester Print Workshop award winner (£100 voucher) for ‘Corn Bunting‘ monoprint (as part of The Red Species List concert), exhibited as part of the Midlands Printmakers Open 2016 at The Henderson Gallery, Nottingham.
2016 Van Haulin’ award winner (£100 voucher) for ‘Curlew‘ monoprint (as part of The Red Species List concert), exhibited as part of the Midlands Printmakers Open 2016 at The Henderson Gallery, Nottingham.
2014 Awarded funding for ‘Representing birdsong’ from Arts Council England as part of Grants for the Arts
2013 Shortlisted for The Attenborough Prize for ‘Pigeon feather pie chart’, exhibited as part of the Open 24 exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
2012 First prize winner for £200 sponsorship from John E Wright for ‘Pigeon Clock graph’ at Nottingham Castle annual open exhibition
Residencies and workshops
2018 Brief Encounters artist residency in collaboration with Space Scientist Jonathan Nichols, University of Leicester.
2017 – 2018 AA2A artist residency in partnership with De Montfort University
2017 Cove Park artist residency, west coast of Scotland
2015 Wildeye Audio Post Production course with Pip Norton and Chris Watson
2015 Self-directed residency at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art Sudborough Green Lodge, Northamptonshire.
2015 BTO Bird Identification workshop at Minsmere RSPB reserve
2015 Stevens & Frize concise bird guide, slideshow with birdsong and electronic birdsong sound recordings, shown at The Ugly Weekender with Dirty Electronics as part of Reactor Halls at Primary, Nottingham.
2014 Balfron Tower artist residency, London
2014 The Beauty of Birds course at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey
2013 Ricklundgården artist residency, Northern Sweden
2012 Wildeye Advanced Wildlife Sound Recording course with Chris Watson and Jez Riley French
2011 CAMAC residency program for artists, Marnay-sur-Seine, France
2010 Wildeye Wildlife Sound Recording course with Chris Watson and Jez Riley French
2010 WEA Bird watching course
2009 Annual, a series of sound walks for Lincoln city, as part of an artist residency at The Collection Art Gallery , Lincolnshire
Talks and presentations
2019 Bird Skins solo exhibition artist talk, Lightbox Gallery, LCB Depot, Leicester
2018 Visualising Research: Teenage Gannet foraging behaviour, Music Technology Innovation Postgraduate semimar, University of Leicester
2015 Visualising birdsong artist talk, School of Biological Sciences, University of Leicester
2014 New Networks for Nature conference at Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire
2013 Synapse Arts artist talks and portfolio day at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2013 Project Pigeon artist talks at The New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham
Published work: Catalogues, essays and audio
2020: Murze Arts platform and magazine (issue 10) featuring ‘Kingfisher (Martian Eyes)’.
2018 Our eARTh exhibition catalogue at Kunsthuis Gallery, North Yorkshire
2017 Memories of Industry exhibition catalogue, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester.
2014 Since 1843: In the Making, Nottingham Trent University catalogue
2014 Artcore: Web of Water exhibition catalogue.
2013 Museum metamorphosis: The Adaptable and Changing Museum catalogue, University of Leicester
2012 VA | Green Field Recordings | World Listening Day 2012- audio CD
2010 Wirksworth Festival programme
2009 Lucy Stevens Walk With Me catalogue, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery featuring ‘Listening in and looking out’ essay by Joanne Lee (artist and writer and senior lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University).
2007 Feast Fine Art MA Exposition catalogue, Nottingham Trent University
2005 Under Construction Fine Art Degree show catalogue, Nottingham Trent University
Selected reviews and articles
2020 AR Extra review by graff.io arts
2019 Lucy Stevens and studio space StudionAme by the Stitch Writer.
2016 The Weekend Collective blog interview. www.theweekendcollective.co.uk
2016 ‘How to … protect nature through performance‘, Arts professional online article.
2016 Dawn chorus, The Verb, BBC Radio 3. A section of The Swithland Wood Recordings were played by guest and sound recordist Geoffrey Sample (27 May 2016).
2014 Drawing the sound of birdsong: a review by Lucy Stevens, Wildlife Sound: The Journal of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society, Volume 13, No 3 Spring 2014. p. 16 – 17
2009 Interview for Walk With Me with Andy Whitaker, BBC Radio Nottingham Breakfast show, 9 April 2009
2009 East Mids for free Walk With Me by Dan Davies, Metro newspaper, 8 April 2009 p. 22
2009 Symphony for strings and Fresh Voices at The Castle by Andrew Cooper for Nottingham Visual Arts online magazine, 30 April 2009
2007 Artist profile Leftlion Nottingham Culture Magazine, issue 19, Oct- Nov 2007 p. 27
2007 MAstars selected by Deborah Dean (Exhibitions Manager, Nottingham City Museums & Galleries) for Axis contemporary art online resource, June 2007
2007 Artists establish the ‘Rules of the Game’ by Katie Taylor, Nottinghamshire Today, May 2007, vol 43 p. 58
2007 Rules of the Game 3- Transition by WB, Metro newspaper By WB, 1 May 2007