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Anna Lucas is a London based artist predominantly known for her work film and video. She also makes drawings and still images. Her practice engages and develops from observations of social networks and individuals in response to specific geographic and architectural locations. Underlying these themes the work also refers to the processes of filmmaking and the materiality of film itself. She is interested in the camera as a research tool and with the simultaneous engagement and detachment that occurs in the moment of looking through a lens.

Early films (Trevety, Flyover, Just a moment, Adrift) explored how the moment of filming fictionalises reality and the way in which people’s behaviour and interaction with a location is inevitably altered by the presence of the camera. Her more recent 16mm films and videos often observe amateur experts and technicians – people who have a vernacular knowledge frequently related to the natural world, folklore or to pedagogical institutions (Kaff Mariam, Una de Gato, and Little White Feather and the Hunter).

She has worked with a film conservator (Gustav, Graham and Lee, 2011) long lens users (Hunt and Hide, 2006), retired botanists, (Atlantic Botanic, 2007) a mortician (Demonstration 50.15, 2009) and teenage boys in school (Seventh Heaven, 2006). It is these people absorbed in their own act of looking, studying, playing, praying rather than the subject of their interest that is the focus of her work.

Her camera unobtrusively documents, distancing her subjects from the viewer, yet at the same time encourages a rigorous engagement with features of everyday life. Her work creatively integrates what could be characterised as an intuitive response to the subjects she documents, whilst still operating within a structured, cohesive framework which give her works their textured and distinctive quality.

Anna Lucas’ blind carbon drawings collectively entitled Blind Movies were the starting point for Land of Silence and Darkness, a series of events around perception and neuroscience she organised as part of a Wellcome Fellowship at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing at Oxford University in 2008. This ongoing enquiry into vision and perception informed the studio-based process for the film Things that had stories rubbed out, 2010 and continues to develop through a series of live collage events and resources as part of the Learning programme at Tate.

Anna Lucas has exhibited widely, with recent screenings and exhibitions at Latitude Festival, Outpost Open, Norwich and touring UK, Tate Modern, Olsen, Leeds Picture House, (2012), Whitstable Biennale 2010. Solo shows include FACT, Liverpool (2007), Adrift, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2004), Bud, Spike Island, Bristol and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2003). Her most recently completed film Uncommon was screened in a pony box by pedal power on Powerstock Common, Dorset in June 2012. She  presented work in The Tanks, Tate Modern, October 2012 alongside No-w-here and Catalog.

Anna Lucas’ work is distributed by LUX.

Anna Lucas’ practise has evolved in conjunction with her teaching and learning work within gallery education, dance and performance collaboration and further education contexts. Her pedagogical interests or approaches focus on;

  • Film and video-making
  • the camera as a tool for research,
  • editing as a space for learning,
  • collaborative devising,
  • interdisciplinary exchanges,
  • learning through doing,
  • non-verbal learning and experience,
  • non-hierarchical dialogue,
  • self reflexive sharing of knowledge and resources within the teaching and learning space,
  • self evaluative processes.

Her work within Gallery education has provided opportunities for experimentation within and beyond the studio, for creating new film and video works, (View, new, Seventh Heaven, Lost, The space between your mind and eyes) and print and dissemination-based material (How to…, Wildcraft, Silver concertina, and RGBresources). She is currently part of a practise based research group within Tate Learning looking at ways in which artists practise can inform the learning programme, and working with live studio environments to inform and develop engagement with Early Years and Families.

She is a part time senior lecturer in Fine Art, (Lens based media) at De Montfort University, Leicester and a regular contributor to the Moving Image Studio at RCA where she has co-devised a self-reflexive 16mm film-making workshop as part of the moving image programme with artist Stuart Croft. She has also been a visiting lecturer at Winchester, Dartington, Canterbury, UEL, Ruskin Schools of Art.

As a film-maker she has worked with a range of live-art and performance based practitioners creating moving image works that extend documentation of live events, operate as performative portraits, or as cross disciplinary collaborations in their own right. These have involved sustained engagement with learning disabled performance companies Corali and Anjali (1999 – 2009), work with devised theatre company Uninvited Guests, live artist Tom Marshman, choreographer and dancer Rebecca Skelton. She has also worked with poets John Cooper-Clark, Lavinia Greenlaw, Liz Lochhead and Mimi Khalvati. These collaborations have contributed to a greater understanding of devised performance, embodied learning, live presence and duration and their connection to filmmaking.

Solo Exhibitions


Kaff Mariam & Una de Gato

Phoenix Square, Leicester, UK


Demonstration 50.15

OVADA Gallery, Oxford, UK


Kaff Mariam & Una de Gato

Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle, Sweden


Here and Your Here

FACT, Liverpool, UK


Hunt and Hide

Spinnaker Tower/Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK Offsite commission



South London Gallery, London, UK


Paloma Ceffyl

One Severn Street, Birmingham, UK



Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, Wales



Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK



Spike Island, Bristol, UK



Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Just a moment

Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Gloucestershire, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions, Screenings and Events


Moths, Curated by Alexander Hetherington with work by artist Allison Gibbs

Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK


Essex Road, Commission curated by Teresa Grimes, with artists Andrew Kotting, Penny Woolcock, George Eksts, Suki Chan, Frances Scott, Tony Grisoni, Emily Richardson

Tintype, Essex Road, London, UK


Kill Your Television, Silver Concertina Curated by Stuart Layton, with Corey Hayman, Dan Auluk, Ellie Hyungran Heo, Joanne Masding,

Worcester City Art Gallery, Worcester, UK


Album 2, Curated by Leanne Turvey, with Louisa Martin, Jo Addison, Maria Zahle, Alice Walton

Five Years, London


The Art Handlers, Silver Concertina, Live Collage

McAulay Gallery, Tate Modern


Sounding the River, curated by Jony Easterby with Mark Anderson, Kathy Hinde, Ulf Pederson, Red Earth

mac, Birmingham


Gustav Graham and Lee, curated by Alexander Hetherington

Modern Edinburgh Film School


Manipulate me, screening and panel discussion, with Charlotte Ginsborg, Phillip Warnell, Steven Eastwood, Romeo Grunfelder,

Documentary Now Film Festival, UCL


Film Action, Family Day

The Tanks, Tate


Latitude Festival




Nowich and touring


Road for the Future

Powerstock Common, Dorset


Powers of the False

Cine Lumiere, French Institute, London



Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds


Strictly Come Drawing

Fine Art Forum, De Montfort University

Awards and Residencies


Paul Hamlyn Award Nominee


Derek Jarman Award Nominee


Residency at Arlington Arts Centre

Washington State, USA


Paul Hamlyn Award Nominee


Wellcome Trust Fellow

Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art with Dept Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Oxford University


A4E Grant & FLAMIN Film London Grant


Triangle Arts Workshop



Henry Moore Sculpture Fellowship

Spike Island, Bristol, UK


A4E Grant

Lux & Arts Council England


Clarks Bursary Residency

Prema Art Centre Gloucestershire, UK

Education and Employment


Senior Lecturer Fine Art, Lens Based Media

De Montfort University, Leicester


Moving image Course Devising and Delivering with Stuart Croft

Royal College of Art


Visiting Artist

Westminster, Roehampton, Dartington, Oxford Brookes, Cheltenham, Bath, Bournemouth, Swansea, De-Montfort, Ruskin, Canterbury, Winchester Colleges of Art, UK


Performing Arts Education Co-ordinator

Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London


1st class BA Hons Fine Art (sculpture)

Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Facilitated Projects and Collaborations


Autumn School, with artists Giles Eldridge and Frances Scott

Tate Modern, London


May I?, with choreographer dancer Zoi Dimitriou,

The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London


The Summer Institute

Tate Modern, London, UK


Autumn School/Film Video

Tate Modern, London, UK


Westhill Hoardings Project

Wandsworth Borough Council, London, UK


Summer University

Camden Arts Centre, London, UK


Uninvited Guests

Stoke Newington School, London, UK



1 week residency with invited artists Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK



Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK


Carbon Coastlines

Aspex Gallery/Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, UK


Space to Create

Chisenhale Gallery/Dance, London, UK


Sea Shanties

Bas Jan Ader, Camden Arts, London, UK


Where are we going?

Creative Partnerships, Kent, UK



Anjali Dance Company, Banbury, UK



Nunnery & Space Gallery, Stoke Newington Media School, London, UK


Holiday Extras

Metropole Gallery, Folkestone, UK


Thinking of the Outside

Arnolfini, Bristol, UK


Forever Blowing Bubbles

Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK


Patterns from Everyday Life

Chisenhale Gallery , London, UK


Voyage into the Unknown 2

I am the mighty Jungulator, Gloucestershire, UK



Chisenhale & Culloden School, London, UK



Mead Gallery, Warwick, UK


Get Art Bristol

Chisenhale & Arnolfini, Bristol, UK


Leap of Faith

East London Dance, London, UK


Panel discussion with Leanne Turvey

Engage at Chisenhale Gallery



Rebecca Skelton & Andrew Deakin, Brighton, UK



Uninvited Guests, Hull Time Based Arts, UK


On the edge of the woods

Dartington College, Devon, UK



Anjali Dance Company, Banbury, UK



Culloden School & Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK


Lamps and Lurchers

First Light & Picture This, Bristol, UK


Panel discussion with Gary Stevens, Dumb Type, Juliana Engberg

Live at Spiegeltent, Melbourne Festival


Radio Broadcasts for Bruce Berryman, Sitelines and Walter Bird for Trevety

Melbourne Festival, Australia



Uninvited Guests, Bristol, UK


Arcade Games

Corali Dance Company, Channel 4 TV, UK


3 Poets Poetry

International Royal Festival Hall, London, UK



Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK


Just a moment at Commotion. With panel discussion with Cordelia Swann, Sarah Miles chaired by Josephine Lanyon

Arnolfini, Bristol


My last yellow thought

Performance event, Corali Dance & Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK


Viva Great Yarmouth

with John Cooper Clarke, East Anglia TV, UK



Blind Movies

Ruskin School of Fine Art & Drawing 176 pg soft cover A5 book, Essay by Silke Panse


Holy Hiatus

Parthian 2011 Edited by Ruth Jones with work by Heike Roms, Alastair MacLennan, Simon Whitehead, Yvonne Buchheim, Anna Lucas interviewed by Sam Hurns


Little White Feather and the Hunter

Commissions East. A5 56 pg softback concertina folded, Essay by Lisa LeFeuvre


Here and your here

FACT publishing Anna Lucas, 64 pg softback catalogue, Essays by Claire Doherty and Francesco Manacorda



Gareth Evans Fold out exhibition poster/guide with essay, images and drawings



Melbourne International Festival Catalogue, Essay by Chloe Kinsman



LUX online Essay by Melissa Gronlund


The Times Newspaper 27 June 2010 Whitstable Biennale, Waldemar Januczek


Kaff Mariam/Una de Gato, Niels Herbert The World’s Disorder, Kulutur, Arbetarbladet, Sweden


Rabble, Tanya Skillen En-quire research for Space Studios


Adrift, Trevety 2 Francesco Manacorda Flash Art Italia


View Leanne Turvey, engage research project: EQUAL How I got here – Artists and Galleries


Adrift Maria Walsh, Art Monthly Issue no 274 Review of Chisenhale gallery


Adrift Dominic Lutyens The Independent Newspaper 14 Mar


Adrift Martin Herbert-Exhibitions Gareth Evans-Film, Time Out London Issue 1748/9 Review


Adrift Francesco Manacorda, Kultureflash Issue no 77 Review of Chisenhale Gallery exhibition


Trevety Bruce Berryman Radio 3RRR Sitelines Melbourne 20 min interview on arts program


Trevety Radio PBS FM The back row Interview


Trevety Stephanie Bunbury The Age Full page Interview feature and portrait


Trevety Megan Blackhouse The Age – Melbourne Article on Visual Arts for Melbourne festival


Bud Amber Cowan The Times – Play Listing with image in best 5 exhibitions nationwide


Just a moment Emma Warren The Face No 34 pg 20 Preview with images