Lottie Reay

Lottie Reay lives in London and is currently Art Teacher at City of London School for Girls, Barbican.

I am interested in the volatile and mischievous nature of materiality and language and how it can be manipulated and disrupted to raise broader questions about the unstable nature of identity, desire and sexuality. By repurposing found ephemera alongside made objects I pose questions about how and why we assign meaning and value to the objects and materials that surround us. I am fascinated by the powerful capacity and agency objects have, quickly generating associations of place, people, time, sounds and smells. I reimagine the banal and commonplace within a domestic arena, using materials such as glass and food to play with our expectations. There is seriousness and silliness, a hint of the familiar yet bizarre, of celebration and melancholy. 
I believe that by examining materiality through a queer lens it challenges normative assumptions, raises questions about acceptance and the inherent power structures within heteronormativity, and prompts new and generative ways of exploring the complexity of the queer experience.


2020 - 2021  MA Fine Art (Distinction), City & Guilds of London Art School

2006 - 2007  PGCE Art & Design Secondary (Distinction), Manchester Metropolitan University

2003 - 2006  BA Embroidery (First Class Honours), Manchester Metropolitan University


2022 onwards Art Teacher at City of London School for Girls, Barbican

2021 - 2022 Head of Art, St Dunstan's College, Catford, London

2012-2020 Head of Art, Woldingham School, Surrey

2007-2012 Art Teacher, Woldingham School, Surrey

Freelance Life Drawing and drawing sessions for private clients 

Open Studios

July 2019 Brockley Open Studios

May 2017 Havelock Walk Open Studios, Forest Hill

Nov 2015 Havelock Walk Open Studios, Forest Hill

Group Exhibitions

2021 "Dear Brockley" Postcard Project, Fabric Experiments, Lewisham Art House

2020 Fabric Magazine Exhibition, Lewisham Art House

2019 "GIFC & VELVET ROPES: London", House of Vans London, Oslo and Gothenburg

2019 Brockley Open Studios, St Peter's Church, Brockley


Curating Futures project (Im) Material, 2021

Fabric Magazine, 2020

From Design to Stitch, 2012, Sandra Meech


2021 LDG X CGLAS MA Artists Talk: A Masters in the Art of Lockdown, London Drawing Group, online lecture

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