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 a wide range of exhibitions, learning and outreach for adults, children, young people, families and community groups. 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, Anne Morrell, Polly Binns, 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
1993-95 Institute of Education, University of London. M.A. Art & Design in Education
1992-93 Artists in Schools Programme, London Arts Board and Institute of Education
1989-90 Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada. Visual Arts Program Residency
1982-86 University of Reading. B.A. (Hons) Fine Art
CURATING, ARTS DEVELOPMENT AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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.
2016 Lead Artist and Project Co-ordinator, Art Zone, Wigan Youth Zone
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.
1998-2003 Visual Arts Outreach Officer, Turnpike Gallery, Wigan Council
Managing artists in development and delivery of a wide range of participatory projects in the community. Supporting artists and community groups in developing exhibitions, funding applications, project management. Supporting artists in developing as micro-businesses.
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.
1991-98 Sessional Art Tutor, Camden & Islington CHS NHS Trust
Employed as an artist by the Community Health Trust to work with an adult with learning disabilities. Outcomes included collaborative exhibitions and ‘dialogue’ – an artists’ book.
1987-1998 Freelance Artist and sessional community worker
Exhibiting artist (see below); visiting artist in schools (Hammersmith, Camden, Hackney, Tower Hamlets) and galleries (Aberdeen); adult education tutor (life drawing); community arts project co-ordinator (Randompact); Community arts worker (Bentham Court Estate, Islington); administrative assistant (V&A); community play leader and youth worker (Camden).
2013 Cross Street Arts Open Studio, Wigan
2004 OK Studios, Standish, Wigan.
1999 ‘Books as Art’, Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham and Gloucester College.
1998 ‘Sampling the Visible’, Flaxman Gallery, University College, London.
1997 Diorama Gallery, London.
1996 ‘Public Address: Taming Goliath’ Aberdeen Urban Arts Project.
1995 South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell.
1994 Gallery W, Sacramento, USA.
1993 Crypt Gallery, London.
1993 The Lodging House Project, Aberdeen.
1992 The London Group, Morley Gallery, London.
1990 ‘Red, Green, Blue, Black and White’, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada.
1986 ‘Rank Xerox 86 Marlow Art Collection’, National Theatre, London and touring.
1985 Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Manchester.
2013 Catalogue essay and selector for neo:Graduates 2013
2011 Catalogue essay for The Fateful 13 by Matt Roby, Chapel Gallery
2003 Catalogue essay for A Different Space, Turnpike Gallery
1998 ‘Instructions in Love’, Mailout magazine, December issue.
1997 ‘Hospitals Talking Art: recording the visual dialogue.’
1995 ‘dialogue’, an artists’ book with Leslie Herbert.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
1998 North West Arts Board travel award.
1994, 95, 97 Camden Arts Services Award.
1990 British Council Travel Award.
1989 Sir Mark Turner Memorial Scholarship and Banff Centre Scholarship.
1984 Henry and Mary Willink Prize, University of Reading.