Approved: 31.05.2017

Lucy Wright

Artist, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 31.05.2017

I am an artist and researcher. My work moves fluidly between territories - in art, academia and beyond - often drawing on my background as an ethnomusicologist and performer. Sometimes I describe my approach as 'social art and/as research': I want to make work that works, research that is alive and resonant, art that is rigorous and thoughtful – and to maintain a dual identity, without

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Artist Statement

I am an artist and researcher. My work moves fluidly between territories - in art, academia and beyond - often drawing on my background as an ethnomusicologist and performer. Sometimes I describe my approach as 'social art and/as research': I want to make work that works, research that is alive and resonant, art that is rigorous and thoughtful – and to maintain a dual identity, without enacting firm distinctions between the two.

A dominant theme in my practice is ‘tradition’—its nature and relevance in contemporary society—and the ways that we come together, regardless of anything else, to make sense of time. I believe in the power of 'folk'—the original DIY—and the things we make and do and think for ourselves.

I like working with people who might not ordinarily call themselves artists and/or who might not feel welcome in formal arts or educational settings. Interested in creating contexts and gentle provocations, I'm at my happiest when I'm finding new ways to facilitate the telling and sharing of stories, especially the ones that aren't heard enough.

Recently, I've been exploring the possibility of a non-anthropocentric social practice, parallels between plant and human populations and how we might build greater empathy with the non-human lives around us.

I have a PhD from Manchester School of Art.

CV & Education

Lucy Wright

www.artistic-researcher.co.uk

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017: Bling! Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
2017: ‘This Girl Can’ Morris Dance, Cecil Sharp House, London.
2014: Making Traditions [Pop-up], People’s History Museum, Manchester.

Group Exhibitions

2019: Play, Air Gallery, Manchester.
2019: Dancing England [Pop-up]Nottingham Playhouse.
2018: 2021 Open, 2021 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe.
2018: Crowd Show, NNContemporary, Northampton.
2018: Next Wave, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham.
2017: Creating the Countryside, Compton Verney, Warwickshire. 
2017: The London Group Open, Cello Factory, London.
2017: Blowing a Gail, The Old Town House, Warrington.
2017: Reclaim Photography Festival, The Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton.
2016: LEAVE//REMAIN, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
2015: KULES Public View, Olympus Engineering / Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

Residencies

2018/19: Jersey Heritage, Jersey.
2017: Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
2015: KULES @ Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. 

Funding and Awards

2018: Malcolm Taylor Grant, English Folk Dance and Song Society
2018: AFS International Bursary
2018: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Award
2017: Arts Enterprise Grant, ‘This Girl Can Morris Dance’ 
2015: British Council Travel Grant
2015: National Centre for Research Methods Bursary
2014: Economic and Social Research Council Bursary
2013: PRS for Music Foundation Award
2009 – 2014: Vice Chancellor PhD scholarship

Education

2014: Manchester School of Art, Practice-led PhD (Vice Chancellor Scholarship)
2009: SOAS, University of London, MMus Ethnomusicology (Distinction)
2006: University of York, BA Hons History of Art (First)

Employment

2019: Practice-based Research Fellow, University of Leeds
AHRC-funded project, 'Cultural Participation: Stories of Success, Histories of Failure', School of Performance and Cultural Industries

2019: Arts Research and Development Co-ordinator
Axisweb, Wakefield

2018/19: Lecturer (maternity cover), Nottingham Trent University
School of Art and Design

2018: Research Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University
WISE / Amazon project

2017/18:  Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia
AHRC-funded Connected Communities project, 'Participatory Arts and DIY Cultures', Department of Art, Media and American Studies

2016/17: Research Associate, University of Sheffield
AHRC-funded project, 'Digital Folk', Department of Music