Lucy Wright

Lucy Wright is an artist based in Leeds, UK. Her multidisciplinary practice sits at the intersection of folklore and activism, often using as source material the large personal archive of photographs and research she has gathered over more than a decade of documenting lesser-known contemporary and female-led folk customs. Concerned primarily with inclusivity and representation in the British folk arts, she is the author of the ‘Folk is a Feminist Issue’ manifesta, and creator of ‘hedge morris dancing’—a 100% invented tradition and participatory performance project for anyone who has ever wanted to dance the sun down!

Following a stint as the lead singer in BBC Folk Award-nominated act, Pilgrims’ Way, Wright received a Vice Chancellor’s scholarship from Manchester School of Art for her PhD before becoming a Visiting Research Fellow in Folklore at University of Hertfordshire in 2019. Since then she has undertaken residencies for Analogue Farm and Morning Boat, Jersey, exhibited at Field System, Leeds Art Gallery, Compton Verney and Cecil Sharp House and had her work featured in Sunday Times Style. Recent commissions and awards include from Marchmont House, A-N, Daiwa Foundation, Wild Rumpus and Meadow Arts.