Colette Lilley is a practicing visual artist based in Liverpool at Arena Studios and Gallery. She moved to the city to after studying at Loughborough University, gaining a Masters in art and design practice, exploring the link between dyslexia and creativity. Her work currently explores the visual and verbal aspects of drawing in relation to drawing as a tool for mindfulness. Colette has exhibited throughout the country, including London’s Independent Artist Fair and have worked on a number of projects, which includes the Tate Modern project From Morning till Night, Katherina Sede. She has also featured on Axis’ Spotlight, as one of five artists to watch during Liverpool’s Biennial and been Art in Liverpool’s artist of the week. Colette also co-founded the studio group 104 Duke Street Studios, the crit group  Liverpool Critique Group. As well as Liverpool’s Artist Network, a platform to connect artists, art organisations, art venues, groups and collectives of Liverpool, and most recently began working with a group of artist to create Art in Windows, which aims to make use of occupied and empty building to exhibit local artists, bring art to the street of Liverpool.


Learning to see, through the act of drawing, The O Gallery, September – October.
On-site: The Plasterer, The Dead Pigeon Gallery, The Tapestry, Liverpool, September.
Lancaster Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, July – September.
Magical Geometry, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, January-March.

Interlocked, Road Studio, Liverpool, October.
The Dark Side of LightNight, 104 Duke Street Liverpool, May.

Just Because, O Gallery, London, November.
Flux, Exchange Studio Place, Sheffield, June-July.
Bullshit Gallery Auction, June.
Soup Collective, Tate, Liverpool, May.
Lightnight, 104 Duke Street Liverpool, May.
Threshold V, Liverpool, March.

The Independent Artist Fair, London, October.
Soup Collective, Tate, Liverpool, August.
Liverpool Art Fair, The Gallery, Liverpool, May.
104 Duke Street Collective, 104 Duke Street, Liverpool, May.

Homeland, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool, January.

Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, The Bohemia Space, Liverpool, May.
Liverpool Light Night, Redwire Studios, Liverpool, May.
Frankenwhore, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool, March.
Liverpool Art Now, The Bohemia Space, Liverpool, March.

Open Space, Egg, Liverpool, February.

Open, The New Art Gallery, Newcastle, November.
Open, The New Art Gallery, Newcastle September.

The Derby Open, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, December.

Adults on Stilts, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, November.
Dys (the) Lexi, Barons Court Theatre, London, March.

D & AD New Blood Exhibition, London, June.

Hidden Gems, Newspaper, Biennial, 2016.
Liverpool To Let, Superflex, Biennial, 2012.
23 artists exhibited next to Van Gogh for a minute,The
New Art Gallery, Walsall, 5th December 2009.
From Morning till Night, Katherina Sede,Tate Modern Live,3rd September 2011.

Dys Fest, London, 6th November 2009.

Interviews and Reviews
Artist of the Week, Art in liverpool, May 2015.
A Treasure Hunt, pieces of eight, and a chance to capture the artist-led Soup Collective, Art in Liverpool, June 2015.
Five2Watch Liverpool, Axis spotlight, July 2014.
Artwork of the week, Art in Liverpool, 6 Feb 2012.
Art Feast, Feb 2012.
Waxx magazine, vol 4, April.

Stwidio Maelor, Corris, 22nd November to December 2015.
Mini Residency, Arena Gallery and Studio, 27th April to 10th May 2015.

Ma in Art and Design Studio Practice, Loughborough University, 2009.
BA Hons in Visual.Communication in Illustration, Loughborough University, 2006.

Children’s book illustration
The Cicada and the Deep, Deep Dark by  Mario A. Mezquita.