Lulu Bennett (b. 1995) graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2017 and Slade School of Fine Art in 2021. Her painting practice draws together fragments and figures from across history to explore the intersection of personal and broader cultural histories. Through exploring the politics of the personal, Bennett’s project thus far is a reaction against a post-Brexit neo-colonial British government. Having grown up in Lancaster, Bennett also seeks to redress the lack of rich representation of the north in a London-centric art world and situates her work as part of a contemporary revival of the northern Gothic.
Solo exhibitions include Alive in Actual Time, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2023); Period Drama, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2022); Ariel, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); Tears Like Northern Rain, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020), Bloomsbury Festival Art Prize, Senate House Library, London (2019).
Group exhibitions include New Wave Art Wknd, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, West Palm Beach, USA (2023); John Moores Painting Prize 2023, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2023); Jupiter Walk, Sherbet Green, London, UK (2023); Shortlist Exhibition, East London Art Prize 2022, Nunnery Gallery London, UK (2023); Untitled Miami Beach, with Kristin Hjellegjerde, Miami, USA (2022); Raising Boys, Black White Gallery, London, UK (2022); Northern Deviants, Unit 3 Projects, London, UK (2022); Future Fair, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, New York, USA (2022); Art Karlsruhe, with Kristin Hjellegjerde, Germany (2022); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); Graduate Showcase, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2020); RCA/Slade Graduation Show, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2020); 8 x 6, Carpenter’s Wharf Gallery, London, UK (2020); Offshoot Winter Salon, Offshoot Gallery, London, UK (2019-20); Engendering Men’s Health (With Grayson Perry), UCL, London, UK (2019); Cartoons and Cereal, Offshoot Gallery, London, UK (2019); Pulling Teeth, ASC Gallery, London, UK (2019); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, Liverpool Biennial/South London Gallery, London, UK (2018); Steady State? (two person show), King St Studios, Lancaster, UK (2018); New Contemporaries 2018, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK (2018); Best of Degree Show, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow, UK (2017); Best of Scottish Degree Shows, Resonate Arts House, Alloa, UK (2017); Art<100, King St Studios, Lancaster, UK (2017); Serving Suggestion, The Glue Factory, Glasgow, UK (2016); 2 Years Licked, The Grace and Clarke Fyfe Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK (2015).
Highlights and Collections
Lulu Bennett's work can be found in the Easton Capital Collection. Furthermore, Lulu Bennet has been shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2023 as well as the inaugural East London Art Price 2022. In 2021, Lulu Bennet received the Chadwell Award; In 2019, she was awarded the Bloomsbury Festival art prize as well as the Slade Print Fair Scholarship. In 2018 she also received Stevenston Award for a Painter of Merit, RSA New Contemporaries.