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
Lucy Stevens is an artist whose environmental soundscapes and visual art investigate the relationship between humanity and nature. Working with field recordings, digital illustration, photography, drawing and printmaking to reveal the fascinating behaviour of wildlife and the diversity of species; through the process of listening, observing, responding and recording.
- Over 10 years experience as an arts practitioner since graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a BA Hons in Fine Art (2005) and MA in Fine Art (2007).
- Practicing visual and sound artist with proven experience of writing successful proposals and funding applications for projects, leading workshops, exhibitions and residencies with artwork being published and sold.
- Awarded Arts Council England funding for The Swithland Wood Recordings project to collaborate with 6 other creatives, to visualise birdsong and inspire new music.
- Short listed for the Attenborough prize as part of the Open 24 exhibition at New Walk Museum and first prize winner for the John E Wrights award as part of the open exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum.
- Regular exhibitions with at least one per year since 2004 and commissions from Nottingham Castle and Museum, Wirksworth Festival, The University of Leicester, Attenborough Arts Centre, Artcore and Hear This Space.
- Delivered talks/presentations for Attenborough Arts Centre, Walsall Art Gallery, New Networks for Nature and The University of Leicester.
- Artist residencies at The Collection, Lincoln, CAMAC, Marnay-Sur-Seine, France, Ricklundgarden, Southern Lapland and Fermynwoods Contemporary Art Sudborough Green Lodge, Northamptonshire.
- Published work and reviews in exhibition catalogues and programmes: Wildlife Sound Recording Magazine, Metro, Leftlion, Nottinghamshire Today and online publications and listings.
- Artwork for sale, including a selection of framed works and individual prints at Watch This Space, Silver Walk, Leicester.
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
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, live concert featuring field recordings, musicians 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 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
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, Hammerkop 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 Concrete Nature, ‘Red Fody and Hammerkop’ and ‘Feral Pigeons under Lancaster Rd bridge’, monoprints and ink at BIRDscapes Gallery, Glandford, Holt.
2016 International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
2015 Concrete Nature, ‘Red Fody and Hammerkop’ and ‘Feral Pigeons under Lancaster Rd bridge’, monoprints and ink at Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire.
2015 Unheard Voices, multi channel sound piece (with live vocalist) 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 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 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)
Awards and Funding
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 ‘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.
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
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 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
2015 Visualising birdsong artist talk delivered to School of Biological Sciences University of Leicester students
2014 New Networks for Nature conference at Stamford Arts Centre
2013 Synapse Arts artist talks and portfolio day at Attenborough Arts Centre
2013 Project Pigeon artist talks at The New Art Gallery Walsall
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
2014 ‘Oil Spill’, Artcore: Web of Water exhibition 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
2016 The Weekend Collective blog interview about my artistic practice (June 2016). http://www.theweekendcollective.co.uk
2016 ‘How to … protect nature through performance’, an advice piece to share tips for using art to communicate environmental issues, 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 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
Feb 2017 – current Marketing Executive, College of Science & Technology for the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University.
Feb 2016 – Feb 2017 Marketing Officer, Attenborough Arts Centre, the University of Leicester’s arts centre.
July 2010-Jan 2016 Marketing Communications Assistant, Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s arts centre.
2008-2010 Assistant Officer, Visual Arts & Literature team, Arts Council England, East Midlands, Nottingham
2005- 2008 Project Manager and Marketing Assistant, 27a Access Artspace, arts and disability charity, Leicester.
2006- 2008 Cultural practitioner and arts tutor, galleries, schools, young people’s services, creative partnerships and mental health services.
2003- 2008 Education Leader and administrative assistant, The City Gallery, Leicester.