Marcia Ley

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Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

I have taught nationally and presented my research internationally. I have worked extensively on public art and participatory arts projects. I have worked as a project manager for ISIS Arts and currently hold an Artists residency at Art Studio Sunderland working with people who suffer from mental illness. I am also a trustee for several arts in health organisations including Helix Arts and Room for You. 

Teaching and supervision

I am Stage 1 leader and admissions tutor for Fine Art. I am also head of printmaking and I teach on MA in Participatory Arts and Media.


Research and Practice 

My research is largely around my practice as a participatory artist specialising in arts in health. I have worked with people facing life-limiting illness and I'm currently working with people who live with mental ill health. 

As well as my interest in and practice as a Participatory Artist, I also have an active studio practice. In my studio practice I use everyday objects and activities to create paintings, prints, videos, photographs and collages. My work is playful and unashamedly decorative. I am also interested in personal experiences of public spaces. I have explored this by staging artistic interventions in space through actions such as yarn bombing. I am also part of the WALK research group that focuses on art walking and looking at the environment we live in.

My Christian faith is central to my practice, without making overtly religious paintings; it is often a factor in my work. My studio practice is also affected by my participatory practice of encouraging people to find their own creativity in a therapeutic art setting. Teaching skills such as silk painting and felting in a participatory practice has led me to be very interested in perceptions of  'craft' and contemporary art and the intersections between them. 

My current research around arts in health is working towards the outcome of a cafe and makers space to facilitate conversations about death.  


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Conference or Workshop Item

Ley, Marcia and mulqueen, Mark (2014) Room for You: Arts in Health (Participatory Arts). In: The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing-International Arts and Health Conference, 11-13 Nov 2014, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)


Ley, Marcia (2013) Old Soldiers at Play. [Artefact]

Ley, Marcia (2012) Painting on Silk-Participatory Art with NCCC. [Artefact]


Ley, Marcia (2019) Tales of the Tyne exhibition. [Show/Exhibition]

Collier, Mike, Ley, Marcia and Bowey, Keith (2016) Thomas Bewick Woodcuts. [Show/Exhibition]

Collier, Mike, Ley, Marcia and Bowey, Keith (2015) String Bedes , Walk 3 August 2106. [Show/Exhibition]


Ley, Marcia and Hutchinson, James (2012) I've never passed my cycling proficiency test. [Video] (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Sun Apr 21 13:09:46 2019 BST.

Areas of expertise

  • Printmaking
  • Mixed media
  • Participatory arts and media
  • Arts in health 
  • Intersections of craft and contemporary art 
  • Fine arts project management 

Further information

Last updated 12 April 2019