Colette Lewis is an artist based in Cork, Ireland.
She works primarily through a social art model of practice, currently researching forms of embodied knowledge and place through collaborative engagement.
Received an MA in Visual Art Practices from IADT Dublin, Diploma Field Ecology, University College Cork and a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Limerick School of Art & Design.
Currently Artist in Residence with the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co Cork commissioned for the Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People, funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion Invitation to Collaboration scheme (2019)
She is a member of the artist group The IoD (Institute of Dwelling) with Marilyn Lennon and Elinor Rivers. Their work Broadcasting Secret Stations recently featured in the exhibition Spare Room: Art, Architecture and Activism, Cork and the Skibbereen Arts Festival (2019). They were commissioned by Skibbereen Arts Festival for Sign(s) of the Times billboard project (2019) and are recipients of the Artist in the Community Research and Development Award (2018).
Colette Lewis’s work has been shown widely nationally and internationally in exhibitions, events and film festivals, Chisenhale Dance Space, London, afon Festival, Abercych, Wales, Short Irish Film Showcase, Liverpool Irish Festival, IndieCork Film Festival, (Solo Exhibition) Milk Of Israel, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, MEx15, Illuminations Gallery, Maynooth University, Kildare, LUX13, Laban Centre, London, Beyond Myths, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Give(a)way, EV+A International, Limerick, Within and Without, TULCA, Galway, CorkCaucus, National Sculpture Factory, C2, Contemporary Art in Cork Crawford Municipal Art Gallery Cork, Terminal, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Fete de la Danse, Institute for Choreography & Dance, Firkin Crane, Cork, Park in Progress, Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes, Marley le Roi INJEP, Paris, Fipa International Audio Visual Festival, Birritz, France, Ideal State, Electric Rain Live Art & Multimedia Event, Cork, Kerry Film Festival, US Live, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Lough Boora Parklands Sculpture Symposium, Co Offaly and VAMP, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co Cork.
Grant awards include Artist in the Community Scheme, Arts Council of Ireland (2015, 2009, 2007, 2003), Art in Context, Cork City Council (2015) Bursary Award, Cork City Council (2017, 2014, 2010) Bursary Award, Arts Council of Ireland (2010) Architectural Research Grant, The Heritage Council (2009), Cork Artists Collective Residencies Programme, Cork 2005, Trespass Research Bursary, London International Festival of Theatre (2002), Video Art Mentoring Project, Cork Film Centre (2001), Travel Award, Arts Council of Ireland (1998)
She has participated in public events Create National Networking Day, Millennium Hall, Cork City Council (2019), Building Momentum, Arts & Health Check In Check Up, Crawford Gallery, Cork (2018) and Creating Alternative Spaces, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (2010).
A member on the Board of Directors in the Cork Artists Collective (since 2008) and a founding member of The Guesthouse Cork. She was a co-curator of Electric Rain, Live Art, Music and Multimedia Event, Cork 2003-2004 and on The Guesthouse programme management team between 2008-2011. In 2018 she was guest juror for the Triskel 40 Photo Prize in the Cork Photo Festival.
She currently teaches Photography in St Johns Central College, Cork and has been a Visiting Artist / Lecturer on the MA in Social Practice in the Creative Environment LSAD (2016-2017), Centre for Architectural Education, University College Cork (2010) and Crawford College of Art & Design (2009).