Lucy Wood

Born in 1969. Lives and works in London

Lucy Wood


British artist Lucy Wood emigrated to New Zealand in 1981. In 1989 she studied at ASA School of Art, Auckland. Wood returned to London graduating in 1992 with a BA hons in Fine art from Camberwell College of Art, going on to graduate from City University London with an MA in Arts Criticism in 1994. She currently lives in London. In her work, Wood often deals with the global phenomenon of migration and people trafficking.

In 2013 she undertook the project TO 6411, for which she sailed from Lampedusa tot London in a rescued North African migrant boat. Her journey started on World Refugee Day (June 20th) and ended the 15th of October. The voyage represented the latest chapter of Wood's visual book entitled ‘Distant: Neighbours/Vicini Lontani.4’. Wood's route included stops in Sicily, Rome, Monaco, Avignon, Paris, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Through the journey, Wood shows the story of refugees and migration, and confronts the spectator with the cruel suffering many people endure on their journey to Europe. Solo exhibitions include ‘Vicini Lontani/Distant Neighbours 2’ and ‘Vecinos Distantes 1’ at Upstream Gallery (2011 and 2008), ‘A Bright and Guilty Place’ (PayneShurvell, 2010), and ‘You First’ (Five Years Gallery, 2007). Her work has been shown at Bonnefanten Hedge House, National Gallery of Art (Tirana), Artnews Projects (Berlin), Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow), SMART Project Space (Amsterdam) and is part of the Arts Council Collection (UK) and private collections in the Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand and the UK.

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Lucy Wood

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Margate, 10 Oct '15 - 17 Jan '16

Strijd! Oorlog en overleven in beeld

Zwolle, 5 May - 13 Sep '15

A Decade Upstream

Amsterdam, 30 Nov - 19 Dec '13

Second Modernity

Amsterdam, 2 Jun - 14 Jul '12

Vicini Lontani / Distant Neighbors

Amsterdam, 14 May - 25 Jun '11

Vecinos Distantes / Distant Neighbours

Amsterdam, 22 Nov '08 - 17 Jan '09


Amsterdam, 27 Jan - 10 Mar '07

Lucy Wood and Jan Kempenaers

Amsterdam, 22 Jan - 19 Feb '05


CV Lucy Wood