"Art making is a mode of enquiry, through which I explore what it means to be a person in the world and how we are connected to each other. I am fascinated by the borderlines between things: how thinking relates to the outside world; the tension between representation and abstraction. I am interested in processes of transformation, including psychotherapy and alchemy; psychoanalytic theories and ideas about containment and carrying also influence my work. 
 
Whilst drawing is at the heart of my practice, I explore different mediums (including clay and paint) and different techniques in order to develop my ideas. I approach my work with a spirit of experimentation, continually testing out and reflecting. I hope that, through my artworking, I can pose questions that other people can relate to - rather than present answers. I am interested in the idea of art as dialogue, linking maker and viewer".  
 
Lucy Gresley 2016
Education:
2019 
Award in Education and Training (Level 3), Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham. 
2017 
MA Module Art & Archaeology Contemporary Theory and Practice, University of the Highlands and Islands, Orkney.
2011-2014
BA Fine Art, Painting and Drawing, University of Gloucestershire. 
1997-2000 
DClinPsy, Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Exeter. 
1995-1997 
MSc Research and Evaluation Methods, NESCOT, Open University.
1989-1992
BSc Psychology, University of Southampton.
Employment & projects:
2019
Research Impact Consultant, School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire, May 2019 - ongoing.
Art tutor (Ceramics - hand buildingfor ArtShape, Gloucestershire, a charity running arts courses and projects with a specific focus on disability issues and social inclusion (see  https://artshape.co.uk )
Artist in residence for the 'Curatorial Futures' symposiumSchool of Art & Design. University of Gloucestershire, 5-6th February, 2019.
 
2018
Visiting artist for 'Contemporary Drawing & Practice as Enquiry', MA Fine Art, School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire, Sept 2018.
Writer in residence for the 'Speculative Art School', School of Art & Design. University of Gloucestershire, 12-13th June, 2018.

Re-searcher in residence at the 'Drawing Through Time and Image' contemporary drawing symposium, Hardwick Gallery/ School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire, March 2018.

Visiting artist for 'Sketchbooks and Artist Research', School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire, Feb 2018.
2016 
Creative/academic support tutor - School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire, September 2015 - June 2016.
Co-curator with Elaine Fisher of 'PreFAB Lab', an artist research micro-residency project with Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Bath City Centre, May - June 2016. 
 
2015
Member of 'Plastic Propaganda' art collective, April 2015 - ongoing (see http://www.plasticpropaganda.co.uk/lucy_gresley.html)
Internship with Meantime contemporary arts project, June & July 2014 (and ongoing until 2015).  
Honorary Research Fellow in Fine Art, University of Gloucestershire, 15th September 2014 - June 2015.
 
2014
Project assistant, 'Making drawing: Drawing making' contemporary drawing project, The Drawing Room, Bermondsey, London, 11th - 25th January 2014.
 
2013
Exhibitions assistant, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, November 2012 - January 2013.