Lucy Harvey announced as recipient of visual arts Clore Fellowship, supported by a-n

Assembly Salford for a-n, May 2018. Credit: John Lynch

The recipient of the Clore Fellowship, Visual Arts Fellowship, supported by a-n The Artists Information Company, has been announced as visual artist Lucy Harvey.

The fellowship is a bespoke professional development opportunity that seeks to develop leaders from across a wide range of cultural disciplines and sectors. Harvey is part of 25 new Fellows who will embark on the Clore Fellowship this autumn.

Known for creating sculpture, installation and public works that explore the ‘function of collection and heritage’, Harvey is also co-director of Salford-based organisation Paradise Works. Last year, she was selected for the Castlefield Gallery and a-n Artists’ International Delegation to Budapest and also programmed a-n’s Assembly Salford.

In 2016 Harvey also coordinated and curated the Place + Production programme for Rogue Artists’ Studios which marked the group’s final year at Crusader Mill.

Commenting on the impact the fellowship will have, she said: “Being awarded the Clore Fellowship is a hugely exciting opportunity to research and develop my understanding of sustainable cultural practice and step beyond the artist-led. The Fellowship will allow me to explore how we can more effectively embed artist-led spaces into our changing urban landscapes and identify what civic roles artist communities might embrace to better ensure that our value is understood beyond the sector.

“I am so excited to start! It is a real honour to have my work over the last 2 years at Paradise Works recognised, but the Fellowship is also really timely, giving me an incredible opportunity to take stock, develop my skill-set and establish how to future-proof our organisation, share this impact, and figure out how my creative practice fits into this.”

The other 24 fellows work across 11 different cultural disciplines, from solo workers to those in 200+ people organisations, and are based in six regions across the UK and eight countries around the world. It includes a range of artists, managers, producers, directors, entrepreneurs and policy makers.

Read more here.

Assembly Salford: the possibility of longevity for artist-led organisations

Assembly-Salford-2018-Photo-John-Lynch-3The first a-n Assembly event for 2018 took place at Paradise Works, Salford, an artist-run studio and project space established in 2017. Working in collaboration with artist and Paradise Works co-director Lucy Harvey, Assembly Salford explored how artists can maintain their presence in a rapidly developing city region. Video documentation:

Report by Tom Emery on Assembly Salford

See the programme here:

Mutual Improvement Society

Lucy Harvey - Residency Image (Credit-Chris Paul Daniels) small

National Trust: Quarry Bank, Cheshire

Private View: Friday 22 September, 1-3pm

Exhibition: 23 September – 19 November [admission information]

Sited across the gardens, Mutual Improvement Society, draws inspiration from the forms, materials and ideas behind the geological and astronomical interests of Quarry Bank’s founding family. The work will be joined by Changing Places, an exhibition of contemporary artists’ video curated by FVU: Film and Video Umbrella as part of Arts and Wonder Season at Quarry Bank.

Booking required, please RSVP by 15 September to Join the Facebook Event page here.



Trust New Art Residency at Quarry Bank


Really pleased to say that I’ve been appointed as artist in residence to the National Trust’s Quarry Bank estate this summer and will be producing new work for the gardens. I have been commissioned to respond to the hobbies and interests of the Gregs, the Mill’s founding family and am currently exploring the parallels between self-improvement, leisure and meaningful activity as documented in the archive at Quarry Bank with contemporary trends and theories of well-being.

The final outcome from the residency launches 22 September 2017, follow the residency as it unfolds on Twitter and Instagram, or join my mailing list here.


Paradise Works

Towards the end of 2016, friend and colleague, Hilary Jack decided to follow up a lead on a potential building on the edge of Manchester city centre. Drawing together a few other artists from other studio groups who were also under threat of eviction and equally keen to maintain a presence in the city centre, we walked over to visit a light industrial building besides the River Irwell.

Five months of hard work later we have a community of fantastic proactive artists across two floors and have been awarded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts for the build of 23 studios and to launch our public facing activities through a site responsive residency. We’re working to launch the space and our programme in October 2017 but until then, join my mailing list for news when we have it.

Paradise Works is a new artist-led initiative on the border of Salford and Manchester. Established in April 2017, Paradise Works provides studio space to to 26 contemporary artists working across the disciplines of sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, film, audio, performance, photography and curation.

Sited besides the River Irwell, our outlook is local, national and international. We aim to provide a place for making and sharing ambitious and critically engaged work from artists in the city and to create opportunities for emerging, established and international artists through a critically engaged programme of exhibitions, residencies, screenings and events launching in Autumn 2017.


Division of Labour

Images courtesy of Dave Barton.

Curated by Lucy Harvey.

Preview: Thursday 1st December 2016, 6-8pm

Open: Saturday 3 & 10 December, 12-5pm (or by appointment)

Division of Labour concludes Rogue Project Space’s 2016 artistic programme by drawing on Manchester’s relationship to industry. Spaces which have enabled artistic and industrial production are now being developed or demolished as the city expands. This redevelopment marks a monumental shift in the city’s identity as it begins to re-brand itself as a place for presentation and professional habitation. Newly commissioned works by Robin Megannity, Jenny Steele, Jenny Walker and Helen Wheeler explore the purpose and place of production in the city, and the commercial landscape which threatens to exclude it from its future.

Exhibition full text.

Excuse me while I am changing


images courtesy of John Lynch

Saturday 15 + Sunday 16 October, 12-5pm (or by appointment)

Preview: Friday 14th October, 6-9pm alongside Rogue Open Studios

Rogue Project Space presents Hannah Leighton-BoyceMichelle ShieldsMatthew Bamber, and Linda Hemmersbach in Excuse Me While I Am Changing. Curated by Lucy Harvey, new drawing, painting, making and photography respond to evidence of the city’s expansion in the liminal and shifting space which surrounds Rogue.

Review on Corridor8 here:

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Great Northern Graduates


Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, 6-9th October 2016


I am curating this year’s Great Northern Graduate selection at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. The interests, concerns and beliefs of twelve selected graduates have shaped and transformed non-precious materials into significant collections of work which are as thought-provoking as they are visually seductive. From the sprawling urban landscape to the virtual realm, space and place have preoccupied the selected makers. Our interaction with their work has also been carefully considered and each maker hopes to rouse your curiosity, to inspire new perceptions and prompt discussion.

Progress at The Manchester Contemporary



LAUNCH: Thursday 22 September, 5.30-9pm

I’m pleased to announce that we’re taking (a much downsized) version of June’s Progress exhibition to this year’s Manchester Contemporary. Our booth will include work by Rogue members Jan Chlebik, Hilary Jack, Sam Meech, and Evangelia Spiliopoulou.

Our booth at TMC is part of Rogue’s Arts Council England funded 2016 Place & Production programme which I’m co-ordinating this A/W. The programme of exhibitions and events will be the last in the studios current home, Crusader Mill, following the building’s recent purchase by property developers. The works exhibited at The Manchester Contemporary respond to the transitory state of Rogue and the building which has been its home since 2001.

The Manchester Contemporary is the only critically engaged art fair of it’s kind outside London. 2016 will be the eighth edition and will see a range of UK and international gallery and project spaces at the Old Granada Studios in Manchester. Produced alongside Buy Art Fair, this is the largest art fair outside of London.