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Dr Rona Lee is an artist based in London; operating across gallery and non‐gallery settings her artistic practice is process based and context responsive, encompassing a range of media, including performance, video, sound, installation, sculpture, photography and collage. She also writes on the capacity of artistic methods to support new forms of critical thinking. Her current research practice focuses on the politics and aesthetics of Geo-materiality along with the human / non-human entanglements of the Anthropocene.

At Northumbria Lee teaches across all levels of the programme and supervises practice-based PhD research.She is member of the Departmental Research Executive and of both the Cultural Negotiation of Science and Northumbria Practice Research Groups. She has received awards from the British Council, UK Arts Humanities Research Council, Leverhulme Trust and Arts Council England and been an invited residency participant at Banff Art Centre, Canada, Kino Kino, Centre for Contemporary Art and Moving Image, Norway, Scottish Sculpture Workshop and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Research interests

Rona Lee is a specialist in situated and critically engaged fine art practices and Professor of Fine Art at Northumbria University, UK. She has a long record of exhibition and commission including work with: Ikon Gallery, Firstsite, Newlyn Art Gallery, ICA, London, Beaconsfield, London, the Henie Onstad Museum, Oslo; La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City.

Lee’s research is informed by Feminist art making and thought, conceptual art practices, eco logical philosophy and non- representational theories; she welcomes expressions of interest from Phd candidates working in related areas of enquiry. 

Recent work has focussed on geo-representation/ materiality within the context of the Anthropocene. In Love with the Lithosphere - https://www.ronalee.org/in-love-with-the-lithosphere/  Florence Trust 2019 ‘remixed’ landscape imagery from mid-century postcards and travel books - imaginatively mining the legacies of that once bright future to reflect on contemporary eco – relations and current enquiry considers museum geological collections from a post-human perspective. See also ‘In Love with the Lithosphere – journeying towards the Anthropocene through the paper landscapes of the Modern’ in eds. Benek Cinik, Tiago Torres-Campos Postcards from the Anthropocene – Unsettling the Geo-Politics of representation. Barcelona: DPR (forthcoming).

Long term research, the lines no longer hold ,Galerie Nord, Berlin 2017, That Oceanic FeelingEnvisaging the Deep: imagining a relational geography of the uninhabitable’ in Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation Ashgate, London, (2014) and That Oceanic Feeling, John Hansard Gallery 2012, supported by a residency at the UK National Oceanography Centre, has explored the sea as a material and discursive space. 

In 2017 she was invited to make a large scale outdoor video projection A Necessary Darkness for the Amsterdam Light festival which was projected onto the Renzo Piano designed NEMO Science Museum for over six weeks and viewed by over 75,000 people. Other recent group exhibitions include Abstracted Visions: Information Mapping; from Mystic Diagrams to Data Visualizations, Cerritos Art Gallery, California (2015).

Further Information

Lee has taught Fine Art at University level for over twenty years, including Wimbledon School of Art, Dartington College of Arts - where she was centrally involved in the design and delivery of its innovative, cross disciplinary, courses exploring performativity, socially engaged and expanded art practices - Oxford Brookes University, Cardiff School of Art and Wolverhampton University. She is a member of the steering group for Artquest a National Portfolio Organisation which works to support professional artists across their careers and also of the AHRC Peer Review College.

Education/Academic qualification

Fine Art, PhD

1 Oct 20031 Oct 2006

Award Date: 1 Sep 2006


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