Dr Rona Lee is a fine artist, based in London, working in a range of media: combining performance, photography, sculpture and video and found objects. She also writes on the capacity of artistic practice to support new forms of critical thinking.
Lee is currently a member of the advisory board of Artquest, an ACE national portfolio organisation which works to support professional artists across their careers.Between 1993 and 2001 she held posts at a number of UK Art Schools, most recently as Professor of Fine Art at Northumbria University.


Evolving from a background in Performance her current practice focuses on the politics and aesthetics of Geo-materiality along with the human / non-human entanglements of the Anthropocene. Work in development includes a response to the archives of the Sedgwick Musuem of Earth Science.


Solo exhibitions and commissioned work

2023 mineralis insurrexi Worlds Away, MAC, Birmingham
2017 A Necessary Darkness Amsterdam Light Festival, Holland
2012 That Oceanic Feeling John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
2010 Truthing Gap National Oceanography Centre Library, Southampton
2003 Tails - my father told me Radiator 02, Nottingham, UK. Berlin, Germany.
2002 Breaking the Surface William Wilberforce Museum, Hull
2001 The encircling of a shadow Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
2001 HAPPY I and II Span, Dilston Grove, London
2000 Reasoning Backwards Dartington Arts Gallery, Devon
1999 CUT Beaconsfield, Henie Onsad Kunstsenter, Norway
1999 s[H]elf II La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City, Canada
1998 s[H]elf I Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge
1997 auto / nomos Visionfest, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool
1997 Present Hull Time Based Arts, Beverley Public Library
1996 SHRINKING the miniature Firstsite @ The Minories, Colchester
1995 DISORDERS Beaconsfield, St.Thomas' Hospital, London
1995 Avid Meta-morphosis I ICA, London
1994 Avid Meta-morphosis I National Review of Live Art, Glasgow
1990 There are those that have eyes and will not see Junction Arts Centre, Cambridge
1990 Eros/Ares Junction Arts Centre, Cambridge

Selected group exhibitions

2021 Distance Lacuna Festival (online platform)
2019 Inside Nature Surface Matters: Take Courage Gallery, London
2018 Guidance on Ensuring the Safety ... Liquidscapes: Dartington Hall, Devon
2017 the lines no longer hold: Dark Liquid: Galerie Nord, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin
2015 Guidance on Ensuring the Safety ... A Perfect and Absoulute Blank: Baltic Art Gallery, Newcastle
2015 If all the seas.... Abstracted Visions: Information Mapping; from Mystic Diagrams to Data Visualizations, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, California.
2014 AMA Power of the Sea: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2011 Various Works About Time: London Metropolitan University
2009 Various works MAPPING: Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff, UK
2009 Calenture I Land Use Poetics: Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden
2009 The Submersion Series , Tair Lair Borderland: Colyer Bristow, London, UK
2007 Untitled Imaginary Places: Banff Arts Centre, Canada
2006 Pilgrims Progress Ovada: Oxford, UK
2005 HAPPY I and II Radio Taxi: Taxi Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2005 Tails - My Father told me Flock: Spacex , Towner Art Gallery , Arnolfini
2005 Tails- My Father Told Me History Revision, Plymouth Art Centre

Selected grants and other awards

2022-24 Lithic Entanglements: DYCP Award Arts Council England
2008-10 Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
2012 That Oceanic Feeling: Production Award Arts Council England Grants for the Arts
2004-5 One to One bursary Live Art Development Agency
2001 Individual Artist's Award London Arts Board
2000-03 AHRC Fellowship in Creative and Performing Arts Royal Holloway, University of London
1999 Travel Award British Council
1998 Research and Development Award Arts Council England, Combined Arts
1996 First Time Publication Award Arts Council England

Funded Residencies

2018-19 Florence Trust Studio Programme Florence Trust , London
2016 Mothership Mothership, Dorest
2014 Research and Development Programme Kino, Kino, Sandnes, Norway
2007 Imaginary Places Banff Arts Centre, Canada
2005 Reside and Repopulate Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire
1999 Studio Programme Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
1999 Exhibition, Research and Development La Chambre Blanche, Quebec


2022 In Love with the Lithosphere – journeying towards the Anthropocene through the paper landscapes of the Modern Postcards from the Anthropocene - Unsettling the Geo-Politics of representation: DPR, Barcelona
2018 the house of light made dark From the Lighthouse: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Light: Routledge, London
2013 Truthing Gap - imagining a relational geography of the uninhabitable Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation: Ashgate, London
2012 That Oceanic Feeling John Hansard Gallery, Southamton
2011 Envisaging the Deep Architectural Research Quarterly
2011 Entering the Field Land Use Poetics: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Lund
2006 Futurology We Are Five: Artquest /UAL, London
2006 Dry Optics, Watery Places and Shaky Ground 8 artists try not to talk about art: SPACE, London
2006 Location, Location, Location Taxi Gallery, Cambridge
2003 More than a medley Live Culture: Tate Modern, London
2001 I love live art - postcards from a volatile caucus: ACE, London

Education and qualifications

2003-6 Phd Fine Art Oxford Brookes University
1991-2 M.A. Critical Studies, Fine Art and Performance Wimbledon School of Art
1997-8 B.A.Hons English/ Drama Goldsmiths College, University of London


2013 - 21 Professor of Fine Art Northumbria University, Newcastle

Other roles

1995-2003 Mentor Lorem Location