Lucy is an artist, educator, and co-director of Paradise Works, an artist-led space in Salford, Greater Manchester. Her art practice is research led and uses existing objects, materials and processes to explore the ways that people are documented in material culture and place. The language and practices of social sciences and museum studies inform her site-specific sculpture, installations, and public activities, through which she intends to challenge the function of heritage and collection. Previous residencies and commissions include the National Trust, Cadw and Arts Council of Wales, New Art Gallery Walsall, National Glass Centre Sunderland, and Castlefield Gallery. Her work is held in the permanent collection of MIMA.

Since 2017, Lucy has worked with artist Hilary Jack to establish Paradise Works, curating a proactive studio community, developing key partnerships and commissioning public facing activities in order to explore how artists might retain their presence as part of city development. She was Visual Arts Fellow for Clore Leadership, 2019-2021, and was subsequently awarded AHRC funding for her research project on collaborative approaches to integrating contemporary visual art production in urban centres.

Previous production & curatorial activity includes Assembly Salford for a-n (2018), a-n Professional Development Bursary on arts production facilities (2017), and Rogue Artists’ Studios Place + Production programme including ‘Progress’ at Crusader Mill (2016). Lucy teaches Critical & Contextual Studies at University of Salford School of Arts & Media.

2017     Quarry Bank Mill, National Trust through Trust New Art + supported by Arts Council England.
2015     Group Occupation N/W, New Art Gallery Walsall with ESP, CG Associates + Spike Island
2013     Valle Crucis Abbey, with Cadw + Arts Council of Wales.
2012     Canal & River Trust, Wigan, with East Street Arts + the Contemporary Art Society.
2010     National Glass Centre & Nulife Glass, for Re-make/Re-model.
2010     Aberystwyth Arts Centre with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. 

2018     a-n Assembly Salford
2015     The Grotto Project, Sale Shopping Centre
2014     Useful Work Versus Useless Toil, 42nd Street, Great Ancoats, Manchester [more]
2012     Collecting History, Manchester Craft & Design Centre
2011     Craftworks, Library Theatre Company, Manchester [more]
2010     MiNE: Made in the North East, National Glass Centre [more]


2016      Division of Labour, Rogue Project Space
2016      Excuse Me While I Am Changing, Rogue Project Space
2016      Progress at Rogue Artists’ Studios & Project Space + The Manchester Contemporary
2016      Great Northern Graduates, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
2015      Launch Pad: For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Public collection

2010      Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)

Selected Exhibition

20-21     Sonia Boyce: In the Castle of my Skin, East Side Projects, Birmingham, and MIMA, Middlesborough
2017      Politics of Paradise, Paradise Works, Salford
2016      Progress, Rogue Artists’ Studios & Project Space
2015      Launch Pad: For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2012      Chronology, The Canal & Rivers Trust, Wigan [solo]
2011      Re-make/Re-model, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
2011      Gallery of Wonder, Hancock Great North Museum, Newcastle [solo]
2010      One Place to Call Home: New Acquisitions, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)
2010      5, Aberystwyth Arts Centre


2019     Visual Artist Clore Fellowship, Clore Leadership, supported by a-n
2018     Castlefield Gallery and a-n Budapest Delegation
2017     a-n Professional Development Bursary
2015     Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, The Grotto Project
2015     Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Launch Pad: For Posterity
2010     Hothouse Maker, Crafts Council Professional Development Programme
2007     William Dudley Trust Bursary for Post-Graduate Study


2014 – present    Lecturer, Critical & Contextual Studies, Salford University School of Arts & Media
2016                     Programme Co-ordinator, Rogue Project Space, Rogue Artists’ Studios
2013 – 2015         Gallery Coordinator, Bankley Studios & Gallery, Levenshulme
2011 – 2012         Associate Lecturer, Three Dimensional Design, Manchester School of Art


2008      MA Jewellery, Silversmithing & Related Products, BIAD School of Jewellery
2007      BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Manchester Metropolitan University