Colette Lilley, originally from East Yorkshire, is a Liverpool based visual artisit. She moved to the city after gaining an MA in Art and Design Practice at Loughborough University. Colette has exhibited throughout the country, including London’s Independent Artist Fair (2014) and has worked on a number of projects, which includes the Tate Modern’s project From Morning till Night, Katherina Sede.
Colette’s work explores mindfulness through drawing, she uses both abstract and observational drawing to express and get control over her thoughts, releasing old patterns and gaining awareness. She often draws in great detail her own thoughts and physical features, such as her eyes, mouth, in order to focus and be able to think at a deeper level. This can be seen in both her mindfulness drawing (2015) and my eye writing boundaries squares (2017) in which we see the conflict between structure and logical thought and the freeform expression, the finished piece is the product of Colette balancing and exploring her thoughts and feelings.
Colette featured on Axis’ Spotlight, as one of five artists to watch during Liverpool’s Biennial (2014). Colette has also featured as Art in Liverpool’s artist of the week and has had her work featured as artwork of the week. Colette co-founded the studio group 104 Duke Street Studios, Liverpool’s Critique Group, and Liverpool’s Artist Network, a platform to connect the artists, art organisations, art venues, groups and collectives of Liverpool. Colette currently resides and works as Studio Coordinator at Arena Studios.
CV & Education
Draw Draw Draw, Art in Windows, 5 Bold Street, September.
Learn to see/learn to draw, Art in Windows, 5 Bold Street, December.
Learning to see, through the act of drawing, The O Gallery, September – October.
Hull Open, Ferens Art gallery, Hull, February.
On-site: The Plasterer, The Dead Pigeon Gallery, The Tapestry, Liverpool, September.
Lancaster Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, July – September.
Magical Geometry, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, January-March.
Interlocked, Road Studio, Liverpool, October.
The Dark Side of LightNight, 104 Duke Street Liverpool, May.
Just Because, O Gallery, London, November.
Flux, Exchange Studio Place, Sheffield, June-July.
Bullshit Gallery Auction, June.
Soup Collective, Tate, Liverpool, May.
Lightnight, 104 Duke Street Liverpool, May.
Threshold V, Liverpool, March.
The Independent Artist Fair, London, October.
Soup Collective, Tate, Liverpool, August.
Liverpool Art Fair, The Gallery, Liverpool, May.
104 Duke Street Collective, 104 Duke Street, Liverpool, May.
Homeland, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool, January.
Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, The Bohemia Space, Liverpool, May.
Liverpool Light Night, Redwire Studios, Liverpool, May.
Frankenwhore, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool, March.
Liverpool Art Now, The Bohemia Space, Liverpool, March.
Open Space, Egg, Liverpool, February.
Open, The New Art Gallery, Newcastle, November.
Open, The New Art Gallery, Newcastle September.
The Derby Open, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, December.
Adults on Stilts, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, November.
Dys (the) Lexi, Barons Court Theatre, London, March.
D & AD New Blood Exhibition, London, June.
Hidden Gems, Newspaper, Biennial, 2016.
Liverpool To Let, Superflex, Biennial, 2012.
23 artists exhibited next to Van Gogh for a minute,The New Art Gallery, Walsall, 5th December 2009.
From Morning till Night, Katherina Sede,Tate Modern Live,3rd September 2011.
Liverpool Critique Group
Art In Windows
Liverpool Artists Network
Dys Fest, London, 6th November 2009.
Interviews and Reviews
Artist of the Week, Art in liverpool, May 2015.
A Treasure Hunt, pieces of eight, and a chance to capture the artist-led Soup Collective, Art in Liverpool, June 2015.
Five2Watch Liverpool, Axis spotlight, July 2014.
Artwork of the week, Art in Liverpool, 6 Feb 2012.
Art Feast, Feb 2012.
Waxx magazine, vol 4, April.
Stwidio Maelor, Corris, 22nd November to December 2015.
Mini Residency, Arena Gallery and Studio, 27th April to 10th May 2015.
Ma in Art and Design Studio Practice, Loughborough University, 2009.
BA Hons in Visual.Communication in Illustration, Loughborough University, 2006.
Children’s book illustration
The Cicada and the Deep, Deep Dark by Mario A. Mezquita.