Approved: 07.01.2014

Martyn Lucas

Artist, Arts development worker, Curator, Gallery educator, Project manager

Approved: 07.01.2014

Martyn Lucas has over twenty years experience as an artist, curator, educator and community arts project manager. From 2003-2013 he managed the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh, Greater Manchester, curating the exhibitions, learning and outreach programmes.  He currently works freelance within galleries, community and educational venues across northern England.

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    Artist Statement

    Martyn Lucas has over twenty years experience as an artist, curator, educator and community arts project manager. From 2003-2013 he managed the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh, Greater Manchester, curating the exhibitions, learning and outreach programmes.  He currently works freelance within galleries, community and educational venues across northern England.

    Martyn has commissioned and worked on innovative exhibitions and participatory projects with a range of artists, curators and organisations, including the Arts Council Collection, Chrysalis Arts, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Wigan Youth Zone, Healthy Arts, Leigh Neighbours Project, Angela Kingston, Andrew Bick, Tony Bevan, Norman Dilworth, Leo Fitzmaurice, Philip Davenport, Cross Street Arts, Inga Hamilton, My Tarpit, OWL Project, Katherine Jones, Danielle Creenaune, David Walker and Willie Williams.

    He has worked on projects with established commercial galleries such as Alan Cristea and Gimpel Fils, as well as public institutions such as Tate Liverpool, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Institute of Education, London, and Liverpool Hope University.

    As an artist, Martyn has exhibited widely in galleries in the UK and developed a number of collaborative projects, including Dialogue (London), Hospitals Talking Art (Aberdeen and London), and Enclosure (Banff, Canada).  He is currently a studio member of Cross Street Arts in Standish.

    Central to Martyn’s ethos and practice is the enrichment of people’s lives through an encounter with the visual arts – nurturing the conversation between art, artists and audience.

    CV & Education

    EDUCATION            

    1993-95 M.A. Art & Design in Education, IoE, University of London.  
    1989-90 Visual Arts Program Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada.
    1982-86 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, University of Reading. 

    CURATING, ARTS DEVELOPMENT AND TEACHING 

    2018   Freelance Curator, Art Unpacked II, Chrysalis Arts

    Curating of 'Truth and Fantasy', an exhibition of contemporary drawing touring across North Yorkshire and East Lancashire as part of Art Unpacked II

    2017   Co-curator with Paula Fenwick-Lucas of 'Intimate', Isherwood Gallery, Wigan.

    An ACE funded project featuring 20 artists from across the North-West and London.

    2017-  Lead artist and project co-ordinator for Our Art Neighbourhood II, Leigh Neighbours

    Working with Leigh Neighbours Project to develop art in the public realm in partnership with residents, local schools and local artists.

    2016   Lead Artist and Project Co-ordinator, Art Zone, Wigan Youth Zone

    2016/18    Visiting Lecturer, York St. John University

    Presentations on professional practice and developing a ‘portfolio career’

    2015-  Freelance Exhibitions curator at West Yorkshire Print Workshop

    2015   Lead Artist, Lilford Park Centenary, Healthy Arts

    Developing a visual arts installation with local schools as part of an HLF funded project celebrating the centenary of Lilford Park, Leigh.

    2015   Project Co-ordinator, Mirror Images, Chrysalis Arts

    Freelance contract managing a touring exhibition across the north of England and Scotland of print makers from North Yorkshire, Scotland, Finland and Sweden.  Part of Connections North initiated by Chrysalis Arts in partnership with Inspired By…Gallery, Highland Print Centre, Ratamo, Finland and Algarden, Sweden.

    2014   Project Curator for Our Art Neighbourhood

    Responsibilty for devising, fundraising, delivery and evaluation of community art project in partnership with Leigh Neighbours Project

    2014  Freelance curator, Art Unpacked, Chrysalis Arts

    Curating of 'Unfamiliar Ground', an exhibition of contemporary printmaking touring across NE Lincs, North Yorkshire and East Lancashire as part of Art Unpacked

    2003-2013  Turnpike Gallery manager, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust

    Responsibility for curating the Exhibitions, Learning and Outreach programmes at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh.  I led a small staff team, plus volunteers and freelancers, in running the day to day operations of a public art gallery.  Working with local, regional and national artists, organisations and other partners, I managed the curating of exhibitions; planning and delivery of formal and informal learning opportunities for children and adults, schools, colleges and community groups; and developing opportunities for a wide range of people from within the borough of Wigan and beyond to engage with visual arts.

    1999-2003  Freelance Artist-Educator, Tate Liverpool

    Engaging children and adults with art and artists at Tate Liverpool and at community locations. Devising and delivering formal and informal learning, including in-gallery workshops with schools; InSET for teachers; participatory activities for community groups and members of the public.

    1994-2003 Visiting Lecturer, Institute of Education, University of London
    Presentations to MA students in the department of Art & Design on learning experiences through collaborations between artists and people, and writing a dissertation.

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS         

    2019     ‘Under the Weather’, World of Glass, St Helens

    2019      Summer exhibition, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

    2019      ‘The Fire Within’, Wigan

    2018       Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester

    2018       ‘Land Marks’, Open House, Trafford, Manchester.

    2018       ‘Manipulate’, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester.

    2017       ‘Intimate’, Isherwood Gallery, Old Courts, Wigan.

    2017       Cross Street Artists, The Atkinson, Southport.

    2017       Summer exhibition at Silson Contemporary, Harrogate.

    2016       ‘Symposium’, Art House, Southport.

    2016       ‘VS’, New Art Spaces, Bolton.

    2015       Warrington Contemporary Open

    PUBLICATIONS, ARTICLES, PRESENTATIONS

    2018                Selector for North Yorkshire Open Studios.

    2018                Selector for Chapel Gallery Open, Ormskirk.

    2014                Selector for Connections North print exhibition.

    2014                Selector for Chapel Gallery Open, Ormskirk.

    2013                Catalogue essay and selector for neo:Graduates 2013. 

    2011                Catalogue essay for The Fateful 13 by Matt Roby, Chapel Gallery.

    2008                Catalogue foreword for Art with Strangers, curated by Angela Kingston.

    2006                Catalogue foreword for Tony Bevan Paintings 1987-2005, Turnpike Gallery.

    2003                Catalogue essay for A Different Space, Turnpike Gallery.

    1999                Presentation on ‘Artists, Audience and Education’ for NSEAD Conference ‘Time for Change’, Homerton College, Cambridge.

    1998                ‘Instructions in Love – Artists training to work in education and the community’, Mailout magazine, December issue.

    1997                ‘Hospitals Talking Art: recording the visual dialogue’, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen

    1995                ‘dialogue’, an artist’s book with Leslie Herbert.