Lucy Stevens is a multidisciplinary British contemporary artist whose work explores our relationship with the natural environment.
She draws inspiration from ornithology and colour theory. She is also an amateur birdwatcher. Her projects often include working in collaboration with experts in the natural world including scientists, museum curators, ornithologists, photographers and musicians.
Her work interprets birdsong, museum collections and conservation data into mixed media abstract portraits on paper and sound works developed from gathering field recordings.
CV & Education
Leicester-based artist Lucy Stevens creates multi-media artworks inspired by ornithology 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 to celebrate the value and beauty of nature.
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
Selected Solo Exhibitions/projects
2021: Natural High, birding and wellbeing guide in collaboration with the National Forest
2021: Chasing Seasons, StudionAme, Leicester
2019: A Song For A: Wood Pigeon / Chiffchaff / Crow for the National Forest, Timber Festival.
2019: Bird Skins exhibition in collaboration with Bill Newsinger, Lightbox Gallery, Leicester.
2019: LCB Depot Showcase Prize Winner exhibition, LCB Depot, Leicester
2017: Performing Industry, collaboration with musicians, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2016: The Red Species List, collaboration with musicians, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2011: The End of the Line, Egg Box Messages and Under the Seine, CAMAC, France
2010: Don’t Shoot the Messenger, site-specific sound walk, Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
2009: Walk With Me, sound walk for the grounds of Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
2007: Conscious Void, installation, collaboration with Cat Preston. The City Gallery, Leicester
Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 - 2022: @background_bob and his amazing friends – guess who’s back! Group exhibition at Firstsite, Essex
2021: Tarpey Gallery Open 2021, Castle Donington
2021: Wirksworth Festival art and architecture trail online exhibition
2021: Sock Gallery Summer exhibition, Loughborough
2021: Leeds Summer group show, an online exhibition
2021: The Company of Artists, Leicester Contemporary, Leicester
2021: International Postcard Exhibition, The Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2021: In Memoriam online exhibition and charity silent auction, Artcore Gallery
2020 - 2021: Street Stories- Augmented Reality Art Trail, Leicester
2020: SPEC 2 group exhibition, curated by Marcus Dove. Lightbox Gallery, Leicester
2020: The Harley Open 2020, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
2020: AR Extra- Augmented Reality Art Trail in Loughborough, Leicestershire
2020: AR Extra exhibition in collaboration with Graff io, Lightbox Gallery, Leicester
2019 – 2020: Open 30: The Peoples Exhibition, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
2019: Open exhibition, Sock Gallery, Loughborough
2019: LSA Annual exhibition 2019, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
2018 - 2020: De Montfort University StudionAme Stairwell in the VJ Patel building, Leicester
2018: L.O.V.E. Art – The Leicester Open Variant Exhibition, Curve Theatre, Leicester
2018: Crowd Show at NN Contemporary Art, Northampton
2018: Brief Encounters Science and Art exhibition, Leicester Royal Infirmary Odames Library
2018: Our eARTh exhibition at Kunsthuis Gallery, North Yorkshire
2018: Animal Contemporary: ARTbound Community, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
2017 – 2018: Walker & Bromwich: The Art Lending Library, The Gallery, De Montfort University, Leicester.
2017: Leicester: Memories of Industry exhibition, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2016: International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
2015: Concrete Nature exhibition, Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire.
2015: Multi-channel sound concert, Hear This Space concert, New Walk Museum, Leicester.
2014: Passion2Print exhibition, LCB Depot, Leicester.
2014: Radioactive presents: Air Traffic, a collaboration with Esther Ainsworth, Balfron Tower, London
2014: Web of Water touring exhibition across Leicester, Nottingham and Derbyshire, The Atrium Gallery (ICCA), Carsington Water, Sharpes Pottery Museum, Artcore Gallery, Curve and Deda.
2014: Since 1843: In the Making, Bonington Building, Nottingham Trent University
2013: Museum Metamorphosis, the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.
2012: Nottingham Castle annual open exhibition
2008: Gold Soundz, Southwell Artspace, Nottingham
2007: A painted mural for ‘Bloom’, commission design for Royal Crown Hotel, Brussels
2021: Peregrine Falcons. NTU Global, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham.
2020: Yellowhammer (Mouse) and Great Tit (Navy Bean) as part of The Leslie – Farquhar Bequest at the Victorian Gallery at Leicester Museum, Leicester.
2021: Harley Gallery Star Makers, Nottinghamshire
2021: Craft Fair Contemporary, Nottingham Contemporary
2021: Sock Gallery, Loughborough
2021: Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester
2021: Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2021: Melbourne Festival, Derbyshire
2021: Nottingham Contemporary Summer Art Market
2021: The Other Art Fair, London
2020: Nottingham Contemporary Print Fair
2019: The Welbeck Winter Weekend, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
2019: Affordable Art Fair: Battersea Park, London
2019: Melbourne Festival, Derbyshire
2019: Art House, Leicester
2018: Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
2018: Roy’s People Art Fair at Bargehouse OXO Tower Wharf, London
2018 – onwards: Leicester Society of Artists
2015 – onwards: Leicester Print Workshop
Awards and Funding
2021: Highly commended, Open exhibition, Sock Gallery, Loughborough
2021: Awarded a National Forest Arts Grant
2021: Awarded a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England
2020: Awarded Emergency Response funding from Arts Council England
2019: Highly commended, Open exhibition, Sock Gallery, Loughborough
2018: LCB Depot Showcase Winner, Open 29 exhibition, New Walk Museum, Leicester
2018: Art House Prize, Open 29 exhibition, New Walk Museum, Leicester
2018: The Henton Ellis Prize, LSA annual exhibition at New Walk Museum, Leicester.
2016: Leicester Print Workshop award, Midlands Printmakers Open, The Henderson Gallery, Nottingham.
2016: Van Haulin’ award, Midlands Printmakers Open, The Henderson Gallery, Nottingham.
2014: Awarded funding from Arts Council England as part of Grants for the Arts
2013: Shortlisted for The Attenborough Prize, Open 24 exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
2012: First prize winner sponsorship from John E Wright, Open exhibition, Nottingham Castle
2007: MAstars award selected by Deborah Dean (Nottingham City Museums & Galleries) for Axis contemporary art online resource
2021 - 2022: AA2A artist residency at Loughborough University
2018: Brief Encounters with Space Scientist Jonathan Nichols, University of Leicester.
2017 – 2018: AA2A artist residency at De Montfort University
2017: Cove Park artist residency, west coast of Scotland
2015: Fermynwoods Contemporary Art Sudborough Green Lodge, Northamptonshire.
2015: The Ugly Weekender with Dirty Electronics, Reactor Halls at Primary, Nottingham.
2014: Balfron Tower artist residency, London
2013: Ricklundgården, Northern Sweden
2011: CAMAC, Marnay-Sur-Seine, France
2009: Annual, The Collection Art Gallery, Lincolnshire
2015: Wildeye Audio Post Production course
2015: BTO Bird Identification workshop at Minsmere RSPB reserve
2014: The Beauty of Birds course at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey
2012: Wildeye Advanced Wildlife Sound Recording course
2010: Wildeye Wildlife Sound Recording course
2010: WEA Bird watching course
2019: Bird Skins solo exhibition artist talk, Lightbox Gallery, Leicester
2018: Visualising Research: Teenage Gannet foraging behaviour, Music Technology Innovation Postgraduate seminar, University of Leicester
2015: Visualising birdsong artist talk, School of Biological Sciences, University of Leicester
2014: New Networks for Nature conference, Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire
2013: Synapse Arts artist talks, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2013: Project Pigeon artist talks, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham
2021: Chasing Seasons, The Quorndon Village Life Magazine (issue 103) August 2021. Cover and p.50 - 51.
2020: Murze Arts platform and magazine (issue 10).
2018: Our eARTh exhibition catalogue, 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 an essay by Joanne Lee.
2021: Degree Art Meet the Artist interview
2020: CANVAS: A blog by Saatchi Art. Meet the Others interview.
2020: AR Extra review by graff.io arts
2019: Lucy Stevens and studio space StudionAme by the Stitch Writer.
2016 - 2021: BBC Radio Leicester interviews for various projects.
2016: The Weekend Collective blog interview.
2016: ‘How to … protect nature through performance‘, Arts professional online article.
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: 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