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Lydia Blakeley


Lydia Blakeley was born in 1980 in Bracknell, Berkshire. She recently completed her MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths (2017-2019). Blakeley uses paint to reflect the present, which is saturated with snapshots of hyper-reality, and by using the medium as a response to popular culture. Through the painting process she attempts to introduce new layers of meaning, develop narratives and present alternative interpretations of out actuality. The materiality of her paintings reinforce the permanence of the image within an increasingly dematerialized world.


Solo Exhibitions 


Classics. Niru Ratnam Gallery, London

National Velvet. Alessandro Albanese Gallery, Matera, Italy

Looks like you've reached the end. Vortic London Collective, Hannah Barry Gallery, Online

Hospitality. Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles



Hellhole. Curator’s Choice, Leeds Arts University

Hellhole. Plaza Plaza, London



You’re Doing Amazing, Sweetie. The Boardroom, Blenheim Walk, Leeds Arts University



Leisure. Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds College of Art

Group Exhibitions



#36 Annual Open Exhibition. Southwark Park Galleries, Online

After Image. MAMOTH, London

Everyday Heroes. Southbank Centre, London

Begin Again. GUTS Gallery, Online

Suture. Niru Ratnam Gallery, London

Stäying Sane. Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery, Skanör, Sweden

Drawn Together. UNIT London, Online

21st Figure. BC Projects, Online

When Shit Hits the Fan. Guts Gallery, Online

Office Space. Is This It? Online

Crowd. Hannah Barry Gallery, London

FBA Futures 2020. Mall Galleries, London



Pets. TOMA Project Space,Southend-on-Sea, Essex

When Species Meet. Transition Two Gallery, London

Fanspeak. Castlefield Galley, Manchester

Full English, Platform, Southwark, London

Ultra: Art for the Women’s World Cup, J.Hammond Projects, London

Goldsmiths MFA Degree Show. Goldsmiths, London

Plucky Pony Makes Break For Freedom. SET, Bermondsey, London

Mission To Touch The Sun: SunBurnt. Paradise Works, Salford, Manchester

Utopia Through Nostalgia. The Koppel Project Hive, London



Young British Painters. Arthill Gallery, London

#34 Annual Open Exhibition. CGP Gallery, London

GoldX. DeptfordX, London

Mission to Touch the Sun. Enclave, London

Getting Away! Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight

For I’m not among the waders:The story of Zebedee. Post_Institute, London

Getting Away! ArthouSE1, London

Goldsmiths MFA InterimShow. Goldsmiths, London

Duty Free. Is This It? ChelseaCollege of Arts, UAL, London

Via… Brockley, London



Sydenham Arts. Sydenham, London

Fair Exchange. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY



Seven Days at LS6. LS6 cafe, Leeds

Northern Graduates 2016. Curwen Gallery, London

Free Range. Old Truman Brewery, London

Departures. Leeds College of Art, Leeds

A Happy Medium. Headingley, Leeds



I’ll Show You Mine. Leon Collective HQ,Leeds

Ephemera. Studio 24, Leeds

Residency / Awards


The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada

The Minerva Prize, FBA Futures 2020, Mall Galleries


The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada



MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths


BA(Hons) Fine Art, Leeds College of Art

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