<- Lana Locke

Lana Locke (b. 1982) lives and works in London.                    

Locke finished a Practice-based PhD in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, London, in 2013-18 and MA in Fine Art with Distinction in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2011-12.                    

Lana Locke is an artist working across a range of media including installation, painting, sculpture, video and performance. She is interested in the idea of the 'feral' - between the wild and the civilised and how it feeds into social, material and feminist concerns. Her practice exists between disciplines and between different spheres as Locke explores the tensions of straddling domestic and art-making spaces as an artist mother. She shares her direct personal experience of motherhood and intersecting contexts Locke encounters to reach out to explore wider ranging, global political issues, with a darkly poetic and humorous twist. The artist seek to bring out the richness and strangeness of abjected labours of motherhood, to query notions of privilege, whiteness and heteronormativity within the home.                

Locke uses what is expedient, what is at hand – scavenging together multiple materials from multiple sources. None of these materials may strictly ‘belong’ together, but neither – retaliating metaphorically against reductive and conservative politics of separateness - can it be justifiably claimed they simply do not belong. The feral manifests itself in wild and disagreeable elements that seep out and disrupt the whole - the whiteness of the space, the smoothness screen – as conflicting elements are forced together in precarious structures and clumsily poetic video cuts.                 

Lana Locke has exhibited regularly in the UK, including twice in Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2013 and 2016, at the ICA London; Spike Island, Bristol and the Bluecoat, Liverpool); and in solo exhibitions at Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space, Margate (2018), DOLPH Projects, (2016) and Schwartz Gallery (2014). She has also exhibited in-group exhibitions at Kingston Museum (2019), with LUNGLEY Gallery at MOCA Taipei, Taiwan (2018), the Nunnery Gallery (2018), Block 336 (2015), APT Gallery (2013, 2015 and 2017) and the Royal Academy (2012).





Practice-based PhD, Chelsea College of Arts, London 2013 - 2018

MA with Distinction in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2011-12,  

Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2010

(No undergraduate studied in any subject)                                        

Exhibitions and Events

2023 — Saucisson, Shtager&Shch Gallery, London

2023 — Relic Garden (solo), Lungley Gallery, London

2022 — Zero Gravity: A Landing, The Occasionale, East Sussex

2022 — Duckin’ and Divin’, D Contemporary, London

2022 — Stand with Ukraine, Hales Gallery, London

2022 — Aint I a Womxn: Feminism for Everyone, a cabaret to celebrate the life of bell hooks (event convenor), Chelsea College of Arts

2021 — Urban Landscape, 10th International Fine Arts Festival, Kranj, Slovenia

2021 — Womxn’s Work, the Broca, London

2021 — Balls, OOF Gallery, London

2021 — 175 Wardour Street, LUNGLEY Gallery, London

2021 — Equality Video Club –A video art exhibition about Social Equality, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Taiwan 

2021 — The Unseen I, LUNGLEY Gallery, London

2020 — Mettle, The Function Suite, London 

2020 — The Whole Nine Yards (online, Twitch) curated by Harley Kuyck-Cohen.

2020 — Lana Locke: Making (Babies), (solo), LUNGLEY Gallery, London

2020 — You Burn Me, the Freud Museum, London

2020 — Unsheltered as it is, D Contemporary, London

2019 — Lana Locke: I never could drink like Francis Bacon (solo), LUNGLEY Gallery, London

2019 — Another Land, Kingston Museum

2018 — Sand and Silt, The Stone Space, London

2018 — Visions in the Nunnery, Programme 1: Tina Keane, Bow Arts Nunnery Gallery, London

2018 — I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin. MOCA Taipei, Taiwan

2018 — Lana Locke: Grenfell Cabinet, Wunderkammer Space, Chelsea College of Arts, London

2018 — Material, Social, Tidal____Drift (solo), Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space, Margate

2018 — Refusing to Play: A Caberet, Feminism and Subjectivities Working Group performance evening, Chelsea College of Arts, London

2017 — The Feral (solo), Lana Locke PhD exhibition, the Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London

2017 — Bare Cheek, Concertina, Aerobyte Gallery, London

2017 — Seasons II, Maxilla Space, London

2017 — Creekside Open 2017 selected by Jordan Baseman, APT Gallery, London

2016 — Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016, Bluecoat, Liverpool 

2016 — Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016, ICA, London

2016 — Lana Locke (solo project exhibition), Dolph Projects, London

2015 — Carnival Glass, Block 336, London

2015 — In the Dark, A-side B-side Gallery, London

2015 — Dolph Projects, Sluice Art Fair, London

2015 — The Young Ladies' Treasure Book, Chelsea College of Arts, London

2015 — The Other Side, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK

2015 — Strange Attraction, ATP Gallery, London

2015 — So Many Shadows, Bermondsey Project Space, Bow Arts, London

2015 — A Festival of Disobedience event, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2014 — Things that don’t breathe, Chelsea Arts Club, London

2014 — Damaging Objects (solo exhibition), Schwartz Gallery, London

2014 — Passport to Pimlico (event creator), Churchill Gardens Estate, London

2013 — Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013, ICA, London

2013 — Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013, Spike Island, Bristol

2013 — ex-ca-vate-site-one, Schwartz Gallery, London

2013 — neo:artprize 2013, neo:gallery, Bolton

2013 — Fack! West London Art Prize, Griffin Gallery, London

2013 — Punk Salon, Schwartz Gallery, London

2013 — Creekside Open 2013 Selected by Paul Noble, APT Gallery, London

2013 — Shift, Hanmi Gallery, London

2012 — 3 Cases and a Carry On, The Dianich Gallery, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA

2012 — Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London
2011 — ING Discerning Eye exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London

2010 — Postgraduate Diploma final show, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London

2010 — Shaping Sculpture installation, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

2008 — Being and Nothingness, The Bar Council, London, UK

2007 — The Blind Swimmer, A Celebration of the Life of George Melly, East West Gallery, London, UK


2014-17 — University of the Arts London Research Studentship 2014-17

2013 — Chelsea Arts Club Trust Postgraduate Bursary 2013-14

2013 — Selector’s prize, Creekside Open 2013 selected by Paul Noble


Sculpture "What grows in the hollows"


Sculpture "Bridal Bloom"


Sculpture "Sunflower Bat’"


Sculpture "Triple Sprouting Form’"


Sculpture "Tulip Tangle (topside)’"


Sculpture "Forked Insides’"


Sculpture "Play my bones’"