Approved: 16.08.2006

Lucy Stevens

Artist, Arts administrator, Marketing professional, Web developer

Approved: 16.08.2006

Lucy Stevens’ art practice examines the acoustic ecology of the natural environment using field recording, digital illustration, drawing and printmaking as a tool to better understand the diversity of bird species and the wider issues of biodiversity. The work explores the relationship between humanity and nature; including the notion of connectedness and the desire to communicate, interpret

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  • Location: Leicester, East Midlands
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Private commissions, Marketing/communications, Graphic Design, Digital Design
  • Categories: Digital, Drawing, Installation, Printmaking, Sound
  • Tags: Field recording, soundscapes, sound, digital print, responsive drawing, birds, birdsong, wildlife, nature, Illustration
 
 

Biography

Lucy Stevens’ art practice examines the acoustic ecology of the natural environment using field recording, digital illustration, drawing and printmaking as a tool to better understand the diversity of bird species and the wider issues of biodiversity. The work explores the relationship between humanity and nature; including the notion of connectedness and the desire to communicate, interpret and understand bird behaviour through visualising birdsong.

CV & Education

Education & Qualifications

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

1999- 2001 Advanced GNVQ Art & Design, A Level Psychology Wyggeston & QE College

Selected Solo Exhibitions / commissions

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 Humberstone Gate IAC, site specific sound installation Stench V, Independent Art Centre, Leicester

2009 Walk With Me, commissioned sound walk for the grounds of Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery

2009 Annual, site specific sound walks and sound installation, residency at The Collection Gallery, Lincolnshire

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

2014 Representing Birdsong: The Swithland Wood Recordings, Passion2Print exhibition, Leicester Print Workshop at LCB Depot, Leicester

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), Nottingham, Carsington Water, Derbyshire, Sharpes Pottery Museum, Derbyshire, Artcore Gallery, Derby, Deda, Derby and MS University, Baroda India.

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 A selection of cross-processed photographs showing locations where Ive taken sound recordings, 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

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, 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)

Residencies, project spaces and awards

2014 Awarded funding for ‘Representing birdsong’ from Arts Council England as part of Grants for the Arts

2014 Balfron Tower artist residency, London

2013 Ricklundgården artist residency, Northern Sweden

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

2011 The Great Central Gallery, project space to develop sound installation- A Pound of Pigeon

2011 CAMAC residency program for artists, Marnay-sur-Seine, France

2009 Annual, a series of sound walks for Lincoln city, The Collection Art Gallery , Lincolnshire

Published work: Catalogues, essays and audio CDs

2014 ‘Curlew song’ and ‘Brambling and Redshank song’ monoprints and soundtrack, Since 1843: In the Making, Nottingham Trent University catalogue

2013 ‘The Magic Voice’, Museum metamorphosis: The Adaptable and Changing Museum catalogue, University of Leicester

2012 ‘Wasp vs ant’ included as part of VA | Green Field Recordings | World Listening Day 2012- audio CD

2010 ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’, 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 ‘Unheard Sounds’, Feast Fine Art MA Exposition catalogue, Nottingham Trent University

2005 ‘What was that?’ Under Construction Fine Art Degree show catalogue, Nottingham Trent University

Selected reviews and articles

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 Look and listen around the castle grounds by Katie Taylor, Nottinghamshire Today, April 2009, vol 45, p. 138- 139

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

Employment

July 2010-current Marketing Communications Assistant, Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s arts centre.

May – July 2010 Participation Project Manager for Artist Taking the Lead: The Lion heart project.  Artists taking the lead is one of the major projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is being developed by Arts Council England in partnership with London 2012.

2008-2010 Assistant Officer, Visual Arts & Literature team, Arts Council England, East Midlands, Nottingham

2005- 2008 Event Co-ordinator and Marketing Assistant; 27a Access Artspace, arts and disability charity, Leicester.

2006- 2008 Video & digital photography tutor, working with galleries, young people’s services, creative partnerships and mental health services.

2003- 2008 Education Leader and administrative assistant, The City Gallery, Leicester.

 

Employment

July 2010-current Marketing Communications Assistant, Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s arts centre.

May – July 2010 Participation Project Manager for Artist Taking the Lead: The Lion heart project.  Artists taking the lead is one of the major projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is being developed by Arts Council England in partnership with London 2012.

2008-2010 Assistant Officer, Visual Arts & Literature team, Arts Council England, East Midlands, Nottingham

2005- 2008 Event Co-ordinator and Marketing Assistant; 27a Access Artspace, arts and disability charity, Leicester.

2006- 2008 Video & digital photography tutor, working with galleries, young people’s services, creative partnerships and mental health services.

2003- 2008 Education Leader and administrative assistant, The City Gallery, Leicester.