Researcher and Lecturer in Creative Technologies
- BA (Hons.) Fine Art
- MA Fine Art
- Year ‘0’ Diploma Studies
Peter Lewis has lectured in Visual Art both in this country and abroad. Indeed it was his experience abroad that has informed the content of his present personal practice. His recent exhibitions have explored the relationships between art and conflict, challenging our understanding of Middle Eastern events as transmitted through our media sound bite culture. His work brings together events and personal experiences that act as a counterpoint between East and West. He deploys symbolism and topical imagery, constructing narratives that allude to the anthropological nature/structure of societies and how we apply a set of Western values to make judgements. The scope of enquiry takes in the psychology of individuals, those who via prevailing circumstances or a visceral compulsion act for good or evil.
Peter has been supported in this work through awards made by the Arts Council England and The Arts Council Wales. This has enabled him to travel extensively in the Middle East, gathering and developing ideas for future projects
Some of his larger work has been displayed in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum and he has also won Public Art Commissions, most notably at Rufford Abbey Country Park. Peter was nominated for the National Sculpture Prize 2008 at The Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool.
Peter is also a member of NACHE (National Association of Ceramics in Higher Education), who promote the contemporary nature and direction of ceramics as a subject in higher education. In addition, aspects of his work have been published in both National and International books and journals.
2014 Cornerstone Gallery invited artists only to celebrate ‘Ten’, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool.
2013 RBSA Gallery– Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, The Art of Clay, specially curated exhibition of contemporary ceramics.
2011 British Ceramics Biennial– Contemporary Ceramics at The Museum & Art Gallery Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
2010 Exit- same same but different, (Installation) mens’ prison cells at The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
2010 Fired-Up: ceramics & meaningat Gallery Oldham, Joint Curator & Exhibitor. Included artists, Stephen Dixon, Paul Scott, Claudia Clare and Emma Summers. (Catalogue Publication).
2010 Cornerstone Gallery solo show, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool.
2008 Shortlisted for The National Sculpture Prize, Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool.
2007 The Camouflage of Truthsolo show at Wrexham Arts Centre (Catalogue Publication).
2007 Selected to represent Wales in the Feile Clai Project. Touring Exhibition – Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin.
2007 Contemporary Ceramics, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery.
2006 The Greater Midwest International XXI, Missouri State University, USA.
2005-06 Wales Drawing Biennale, Touring Exhibition.
2005 Imperial War Museum (North), Manchester. Publicly sited artwork located in the Museum grounds.
Awards, Commisions. Residencies & Research Grants
2011 British Ceramics Biennial– Commission for site-specific work at the Spode China Factory, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
2010 Residency at The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle, NSW Australia.
2010 Wales Arts International Awardto support The Lock-Up Residency, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
2009 Strategic Research Investment Fund (SRIF) Awardfrom the University of Bolton. Financial support towards the Exhibition Fired Up: ceramics & meaning.
2007 Shrine at Nemi,National award winner for the Public Art Commission, sited at Rufford Abbey Country Park, Nottinghamshire.
2004-05 Major International Project Grant Award – Arts Council England,including support from The Manchester Art Gallery, Imperial War Museum and The Khalil Sakakini Art Centre (Ramallah). Project in Manchester and Ramallah.
2004 Research Study Visit to Jordan, Wales Arts International (WAI).
2003 Conditional Awardfrom Wales Arts International (WAI), funding to carry out a research project in Palestine.
Publications, Articles & Reviews
2013 Work included in Ceramics and Print, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (ISBN 978-1-4081-5149-5).
2011 5 Towns Radio, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs. Interview regarding commission at Spode China Factory as part of the British Ceramics Biennial.
2010 Ceramic Review,Issue 246.
2010 Publication, Fired Up: ceramics & meaning,(ISBN 0-9550385-9-6).
2009 Conflict, Politics, Belief and Division,Paper delivered at the University of Bolton.
2009 500 Ceramic Sculptures,published by Lark Books.
2008 www.intothepill.net Issue #8 showing the video- Dedicated to the two I love.
2008 Ceramic Review,Issue 229.
2007 The Camouflage of Truth,Foreword by Moira Vincentelli. (ISBN 1-903409-06-3).
2005 Virtual Gallery, Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine.
2005 Ramallah Independent TV.
2005 Contrasting Ceramics in Jordan,Ceramic Review Issue 216.
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