Lucy StevensArtist, Arts Administrator, Marketing professional, Web developer
Lucy Stevens is an artist whose environmental soundscape art investigates the relationship between humanity and nature. Working with field recordings to produce aural portraits of wildlife in her surroundings, to share as headphone recordings or as art installations. Collecting data from bird watching to produce complex digital visuals to share the fascinating habits of wildlife. Stevens enjoys the creative process of listening, observing, responding, recording, and the idea of being able to expand access to the non-human world to reveal the density of sound. Since 2007 she has created site-specific soundwalks for the public, using binaural audio recordings via headphones, based on themes relating to locality and pschogeography. Stevens' current soundscapes reflect her passion for wildlife and her interest to document moments when she feels most connected to nature. To produce bite sized and sometimes durational recordings, using a variety of sound recording techniques including; contact microphones, hydrophones and a parabolic dish to amplify and capture underwater sounds and vibrations that are usually inaudible. The most important thing is the exploration in listening, the act remembering and sharing these experiences of sound with others, to open new kinds of participation. read full statement
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 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
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 ‘Oil Spill’ Web of water touring exhibition catalogue
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
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
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.
|Location||Leicester, East Midlands|
|Activities||Residencies, Participatory projects, Marketing and communications|
|Artforms||Digital, Drawing, Installation, Research, Sound|
|Tags||Field recording, soundscapes, sound, digital print, responsive drawing, birds, birdsong, wildlife, nature, microphones|