Lucy Woollett, also known as Lady Lucy makes paintings, drawings and moving image. Her work is strongly informed by her interest in the social function and value of her activities as an artist and more specifically as a painter. She seeks to find meaning and political application in the process of painting and draws on the art historical lineages of collaborative art practice and portraiture. She is a co-founder of The Drawing Exchange events with Kayle Brandon. Recent projects and exhibitions include Portraits For Services, Gifts and Favours, Museum of London (2017), Shrine to Dissent, Day of The Dead Festival, Bargehouse, London (2014), The Whitechapel Gallery Staff Portrait Studio (2011) and Volunteers, Festival of Britain Southbank Centre (2011). Lucy is currently undertaking the PhD programme at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Her research investigates how the process of portrait-making can function as a socially engaged practice, and ideas around art as gift, as means of exchange and the use value of art.
2016 – 2019 PhD Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.
2008 MA Fine Art Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
1996 BA Fine Art (hons) University of Plymouth, Exeter College of Art and Design.
1993 Foundation, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone.
Solo exhibitions and commissions
2017 Portraits for Services, Gifts and Favours, City Now, City Future, Museum of London.
2011 Volunteers, Festival of Britain, South Bank Centre, London.
2011 Whitechapel Gallery Staff Portrait Studio, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
2008 Ladies, All The Ladies, Picture This Atelier Space, Bristol.
2007 Being Lady Lucy: Drawings and Sketchbooks 2004 -2006, Unit 2 Gallery, London.
2004 Movie Memories, Media Art Bath.
Selected group exhibitions, residencies projects and screenings
Daisies Don’t Do Tricks, Skate Witches, Moving Targets, Arnolfini Bristol.
Artist Commission Light Years Film Poster.
Strange Attraction, A.P.T Gallery, Dartford London
Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
Shrine to Dissent: Drawing Exchange Day of The Dead Festival, Bargehouse, London.
National Poetry Day Commissioned by Forward Arts Foundation.
Night of The Big Tops, with Rod Hunt, The Dentist, London.
Suppose An Eyes, international touring show and events: Galerie Futura Berlin, Transition Gallery, London, Chelsea College of Art and Design and Vane Gallery, Newcastle.
Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire.
Palace Posters curated by Darren Banks.
First Come, First Served, Lion and Lamb, London.
Idle Worship, Centre For Recent Drawing, curated by Paul Kindersley, London.
No Now! Space Station 65, London.
Model City Publication, V & A London.
The Naming Ceremony, Whitechapel Gallery London
The Portrait Service – Drawing Exchange, Bblackboxx, Basel
Propeller Island, Victory Pub, London.
Random Acts of Art, Spacex Gallery, Exeter
Prop, Whitechapel Gallery East End Academy Studio Prize winners show.
Art Blitz, Transition Gallery, London.
Drawing Exchanges Festival, Spike Island, Bristol.
A Day in The Life publication, commissioned by Room 13, Hareclive School, Bristol.
Tattoo, commissioned by General Public Agency and Wellcome Collection London.
Dinner Islington Mill, Manchester curated by Lucy Drane and Laura Mansfield.
Chutney Preserves, Camberwell Green, London.
Smokey Smothers Heart of Coldness Winnipeg Poster Exchange, Ace Art, Winnipeg.
Propeller Island, 29 Thurloe Place, London.
MA Show, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
Awopbopaloobop, Transition Gallery, London.
Diary Drawing, The Centre for Recent Drawing and Nottingham University.
The Marquis of Camberwell, Sun and Doves Pub, London curated by Space Station 65.
Carny Town, Space Station 65/ Portman Gallery, London.
The Stratford Grapevine Art onThe Underground London.
Arts Monday, The Arts Club, Mayfair, London.
London Short Film Festival, ICA London.
Winner Women’s Film Award, Halloween Short Film Festival, ICA, London.
Drawing 2007, Drawing Room, London.
Transistor, South Bank Centre, London.
Omsk Book Launch, South London Gallery.
Botanical Drawing Exchange, Spike Island.
Bildweschel Screening, CCA, Glasgow.
Screening, Ladyfest Berlin.
Sparror Screenings, Artist Television Access Space, San Francisco, U.S.A.
Drawing Links, Drawing Room, London, International 3, Manchester and Outpost, Norwich.
Destination Blatz, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton.
Printmaking Residency, Spike Island, Bristol.
The Great Art Quest, Arnolfini Bristol.
For Peel curated by Harry Pye, No More Grey Gallery, London.
Artist talks and work presented
2013 Suppose A Salon/ Symposium, Chelsea College of Art and Design.
2011 In Conversation with Elle Carpenter, Southbank Centre London.
2010 Art School Alternatives, Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool Biennial.
2009 Artist talk End of The Line Attitudes in Drawing, Hayward Touring Bristol City Museum.
2008 Ladies, All The Ladies Panel discussion, chaired by Bridget Crone, Picture This, Bristol.
2008 Panel discussion with Paul Gravett, Diary Drawing,Centre for Recent Drawing London.
2007 Lady Lucy in conversation with Eddie Chambers, Unit 2 Gallery, London.
2006 Drawing Links Drawing Room in conversation with Lucy Byatt, Lynda Morris & artists.
2005 Independent Heroines on tour, Prologue New Feminism, Cornerhouse, Manchester.
Teaching, professional, curatorial activities
2016 Visiting Lecturer BA Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.
2016 Visiting Lecturer BA Fine Art, University of Plymouth.
2015 Visiting Lecturer BA Fine Art, University of The Creative Arts, Farnham.
2009-2014 Visiting Lecturer – BA Fine Art, Winchester School of Art.
2013 Practice Workshops, BA Fine Art Chelsea College of Art and Design.
2011, 2009: Drawing Workshop with Wimbledon BA Students.
2010 Visiting Lecturer BA Fine Art,UWIC Cardiff.
2010 Artist Talk and Workshop BA, Drawing & Applied Arts UWE Bristol.
2009 Central St Martins Short Course – How To be an Independent Curator.
2009 Visiting lecturer, BA Fine Art, University of Plymouth.
2008 BA Fine Art tutoring mentor scheme Chelsea College of Art and Design.
2006 – present Drawing Exchange independent artist-led project.
2001- 2006 Director, Cube Cinema, Bristol.
2005, 2003, Curator Independent Heroines Film Festival.
2004 – 2006 Interpretation Group Spike Island, Bristol.
Awards and funding
Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton (2016 – 2019).
Arts Council England – Grants for The Arts (2013, 2009, 2007, 2004).
Whitechapel Gallery- East End Academy Studio Prize (2010).
Shortlisted Red Mansion Art Prize ( 2009).
AHRC Postgraduate Award, Professional Preparation (2008).
Halloween Short Film Festival Women’s Short Film Award (2007).
Selected bibliography and publications
Garageland Collaboration, Suppose An Eyes 2013.
Suppose An Eyes, exhibition and project publication 2013.
Gallery As Community: Art, Education, Politics, Whitechapel Gallery, 2012.
Volunteers Limited Edition Publication, Southbank Centre, 2011.
Feast – Journal of Food and Visual Culture 1 A Taste of Honey in Nougat Ice-cream, 2011.
Prop review, Mark Sheerin, Culture 24, 2010
Drawing Everybody to Drawing, Sarah Lightman, Art Rabbit Feature, April 2009.
Ladies, All The Ladies, DVD Essay by Lucy O Brien published by Picture This, 2008
The Importance Of Being Lady Lucy by Eddie Chambers and Unit 2 Exhibition catalogue.
There’s A Lady On The Phone For You by Lucy Byatt, Drawing Links, Drawing Room, 2006
The Arty Book, published by Transition Editions, 2004
Movie Memories published by Media Art, Bath 2004.