Colette Lewis is a visual artist. Her practice has a specific focus on the social function of art as a cultural and pedagogical platform for communities to come together around collective imagining that foregrounds ethics, society and ecology.
She has created numerous collaborative art projects in diverse public, community and institutional settings in urban and rural contexts. Artworks are produced utilising a range of media and processes including video, multimedia installations, photography publications, site-specific public installations, performative actions, and public events.
Currently Colette is developing two ambitious projects in Cork city and county. In partnership with SIRIUS and Cobh Zero Waste, Reframing Community-based Economies brings together a Cobh-based intergenerational community of interest to explore alternative community-based economic systems towards the implementation of circular economies as a civic-driven imagination. With support of an Arts Council Project Award for the People’s Land Trust project, she is working in collaboration with artists Marilyn Lennon and Elinor Rivers and northside communities in Cork city to reimagine future sustainability and urban land use through a radical school and the Community Land Trust model.
For many years Colette has played an active role in the collective management and programming of artist-led workspaces and initiatives and was a founding member of The Guesthouse Project. She received numerous funding awards for her practice and her work has been exhibited and screened widely in Ireland, UK and France. She has an MA in Visual Art Practices from IADT, BA in Fine Art Sculpture from LSAD and a Diploma in Field Ecology from UCC.