Colette Lewis is a visual artist based in Cork, Ireland.
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 have created numerous collaborative and social 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 she 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.
Colette has received numerous funding awards for her practice including the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council. Her work has been exhibited and screened both nationally and internationally. She received an MA in Visual Art Practices from IADT, BA in Fine Art Sculpture from Limerick School of Art and Design and a Diploma in Field Ecology from University College Cork.