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Academic Biography


The idea of place lies at the core of my practice, especially fleeting encounters experienced during travel; environments and passing landscapes seen only momentarily. Often made in situ, outside the controlled environment of the studio, my paintings employ the formal selectivity which arises from a direct and intuitive response to the visual challenge of the moment. In the studio and in response to particular places my drawings explore a more process-led methodology, drawing on the direct physicality of the process.


  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1982-1986)
  • Royal Academy Schools (1986-1989)

Recent Exhibitions / Events

  • 2017 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London
  • 2017 Sketch 2017, Rabley Drawing Centre
  • 2016 "In Conversation with Basil Beattie", mima
  • 2015 Contemporary British Drawing Xi'an Academy of Fine Art, China
  • 2015 Drawn Conversations Exhibition an exhibition running alongside the Drawn Conversations Symposium, Coventry University
  • 2015 The Imaginary Museum: Monuments and Landmarks, Leeds City Museum
  • 2015 Platform Projects A5 ART-ATHINA, Athens, Greece
  • 2014 Listhus Residency, Olafsfjord, Iceland
  • 2014 God's Bridge, Bowes Museum
  • 2013 Panel member for the Northern Drawing Symposium, mima
  • 2013 Anonymous Drawings, Galerie Nord/ Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin
  • 2012 Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary, Mall Galleries London
  • 2012 …and After, Joint show with Atsuhide Ito, Constantine Gallery Teesside University
  • 2011 Driven to Draw, Tennant Gallery Royal Academy, London


Studying Fine Art can, if you let it, radically change the way you see and interact with the world. I work extensively (but not exclusively) with students in levels 5 and 6, helping them to develop a vibrant, investigative and open approach to the exciting possibilities that lie before them.


Summary of Research Interests

Lesley’s research interests include historical and contemporary landscape (natural and urban) painting and drawing – with a particular focus upon landscape in flux. The collection and development of her material spans a range of media and methods of working combining painting and drawing made directly on site with that made within the studio.

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Research Output 2013 2018

139 X Nothing But Good – A Group Exhibition

Hicks, L., 28 Jan 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibitionResearch

Open Access

Allotment Sketchbook: TRACEY drawing and visualization website

Hicks, L., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formArtefactResearch

Open Access

Body, space, place in collective and collaborative drawing: drawing conversations II

Journeaux, J., Reed, S., Gorrill, H., Crickmay, C., Schmidlin, L., Clarke, J., Doughty, S., Wooly, S., Hicks, L., Graham, J., Walden, J., Harty, D., Lawton, S., O'Toole, K. & Coyne-Jenson, C., 18 Apr 2018, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

Drawing: ‘a protest against forgetting’

Hicks, L., 8 Dec 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Northern Lights

Driven to Draw: Twentieth-century Drawings and Sketchbooks from the Royal Academy’s Collection

Hicks, L., 11 Nov 2017

Research output: Non-textual formExhibitionResearch

Royal Collection