Dr Lucy Wright


I am an artist and researcher specialising in social and participatory arts. I am currently based at the University of Leeds, where I work as Research Fellow on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project, ‘Cultural Participation: Stories of Success, Histories of Failure’, and also coordinate the social art programme for the arts charity, Axisweb. As a scholar, I have written extensively about folk and carnival arts and in 2017 an exhibition of my photography, captured over five years of fieldwork in the British carnival community, was staged at Cecil Sharp House in London. As an artist, I undertake regular commissions and residencies, including most recently for Jersey Heritage and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and I am committed to finding new ways to empower communities to tell their stories through art, and to embed the knowledge of artists into the humanities and social sciences. In 2019 my artist book, 21st Century Folk Art was published by Social Art Publications. For more information, see www.artistic-researcher.co.uk.

Research interests

Socially engaged art / social art practice

Cultural participation 

Folk and carnival arts

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  • PhD Artistic Methods in Performance Research
  • MMus Ethnomusicology
  • BA Art History