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Chara Lewis

Senior Lecturer
Fine Art

Chara Lewis

Chara Lewis was born in Llanelli, Wales and was educated at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University (BFA) and MMU (MA and PGCE). She lives and works in Manchester.

Chara is a member of the Art research group at MMU, and works on collaborative research projects with Dr Kristin Mojsiewicz (ECA) and Anneke Pettican (University of Huddersfield) as Brass Art.

Projects

2009 Meadow Arts- Witness Tree

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2011 Still Life no.1

Installation for The Whitworth Art Gallery. Details…

2012 Tatton Park Biennial, Flights of Fancy

Inflatable pieces curated by Danielle Arnaud and Jordan Kaplan. Details…

2017 Gestured, Chetham's Library Museum

Brass Art Installation Commissioned as part of Meeting Point2, a year-long project led by contemporary art specialists Arts&Heritage. Taking their cue from John Dee’s marginalia of elongated pointing hands or ‘manicules’, in De Remediis Secretis, the artists were guided through the collection following expressive, symbolic hands - from Cowper’s anatomical plates in The Anatomy of Humane Bodies to Hogarth’s print series A Harlot’s Progress and Marriage A-la-Mode, and including hands of divine, mechanical or mythical provenance. Details…

Partnerships

Ogle models and prototypes, 3D Systems, Manchester Museum, The Bronte Parsonage, Wickes and Wilson, Simon Pantling and Spencer Roberts. . Details…

Recent Funding

Arts Council England- Research and Development Grant for the Arts, Association of Art Historians (AAH) - grant for scanning museum objects, MIRIAD, University of Huddersfield and ECA - support for R+D for Tatton Park and production of Still Life no.1 for Dark Matters. Details…

Research

Chara Lewis is a member of the Future Technologies Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.

Exhibitions

Lewis, C., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, K., 2018. Brass Art: that-which-is-not, Bury Sculpture Centre, 17/2/2018.

Lewis, CA., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, K., 2017. Gestured, Chetham's Library Museum, 13/10/2017.

Lewis, CA., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, K., 2016. ISEA 2016 Hong Kong Cultural R>evolution, R<connecting Senses., Connecting Space, Hong Kong, 16/5/2016.

Lewis, C. Pettican, A. Mojsiewicz, K., 2016. Reconnecting Spaces, Cultural R>evolution, ISEA 2016, Connecting space, Hong Kong, May 2016.

Lewis, C. Pettican, A. Mojsiewicz, K., 2015. Brass Art: Freud’s House, International 3, Manchester, October 2015.

Lewis, CA., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, K., 2015. The Festival of the Unconscious: The Unconscious Revisited, The Freud Museum, London, 24/6/2015.

Brass Art: Lewis, C, Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2013. The Air Which Held Them, Barnaby Festival, 14-30 June 2013.

Lewis, C. Pettican. A, Mojsiewicz,K, 2013. The Imagining of Things, Huddersfield Art Gallery, October 2013.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2012. Trine Messenger, Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2011. Dark Matters:Shadow Technology Art, The Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2010. InsideOut (international group show), Object Gallery, Sydney, Royal College of Art, London, MIRIAD, Manchester.

Lewis, C, Pettican, A, Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, Adkins, Prof.M., 2010. The Economy of the Gift, A Foundation, Liverpool.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2010. The Non-existence of the Unnamed, The International3, Manchester.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2009. Not At This Address, Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester..

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2009. Tell it to the Trees, Croft Castle, National Trust, Herefordshire..

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2009. The Kiss of a Lifetime, Rogue Project Space, Manchester.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2009. The Kiss of a Lifetime (part 2), VANE, Newcastle.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2008. Art Futures 08, Bloomberg Space, London.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2008. Brass Art: skyscraping, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2008. Jerwood Drawing prize, Jerwood Space, London and touring.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2008. Rotate, Contemporary Art Society, London.

Brass Art: Lewis, C Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2008. When Absence Becomes Presence Experimental Media Series, Washington Project for the Arts.

Artefacts

Lewis, CA., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, K., 2015. 'Freud's House: The Double Mirror', Exhibitions-The International 3 Gallery Salford, Freud Museum, London, ISEA Hong Kong..

Journal Articles

Lewis, C., Mojsiewicz, K., Pettican, A., 2018. 'Brass Art - Freud's figure - ground in motion: macabre, rare, banal, eerie and sentimental', Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media, 5 (1), pp. 191-204.

Lewis, C., Mojsiewicz, K., Pettican, A., 2014. 'Brass Art: A house within a house within a house within a house', Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 7 (3), pp. 375-386.

Conference Papers

Lewis, CA., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, K., 2016. 'Freud's figure-ground in motion (paper) For Transimage, i-dat, University of Plymouth The Fourth International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture 2016 - THE ATEMPORAL IMAGE', The Fourth International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture 2016 - THE ATEMPORAL IMAGE, University of Plymouth, 1/7/2016 - 3/7/2016.

Other Outputs

Lewis, CA., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, K., 2017. 'Brass Art: Gestured exhibition catalogue with essay by Rowan Bailey'.

Lewis, CA., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, K., 2015. 'Folds in Time: Artists' Responses to the Temporal and the Uncanny'.

Brass Art: Lewis, C., Pettican, A., Mojsiewicz, Dr.K., 2013. 'Siggraph, Los Angeles 2012', Conference paper and Leonardo publication.

Lewis, C. Pettican, A Mojsiewicz, Dr.K, 2012. 'Staging Illusion'.

Lewis, C, Pettican, A, Mojsiewicz, Dr.K., 2012. 'Technologies of Drawing'.

Lewis, C, Pettican, A, Mojsiewicz, Dr.K., 2011. '2nd International Bodyscanning Conference'.

Lewis, C, Pettican, A, Mojsiewicz, Dr.K., 2011. 'Pairings, Collaboration conference'.

Lewis, C, Pettican, A, Mojsiewicz, Dr.K., 2010. 'ISEA'.