Approved: 16.08.2006

Lucy Stevens


Approved: 16.08.2006

Lucy Stevens is a multidisciplinary British contemporary artist whose work explores our relationship with the natural environment.

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Artist Statement

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

Public Collections

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.

Art Fairs

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

Published work

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 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