Artist Statement

Lisa Metherell is an artist who has recently completed a practice-led PhD at Birmingham City University. She is currently directing her attention to what slips by exploring (dis)orientation and how we might experience provisional embodiments through encounters with non-representational art.

Her work is particularly informed by the tensions between queer theory and phenomenology and how what we 'know' might be usefully troubled by what we 'feel'.

Research Activities

March 2014 - Present

Knowledge Exchange in Design:
The Ikon's activity during the 1980s

Ikon Gallery and Birmingham City University

Research project working with Ikon archives from the 1980s.

September 2013

Live Art Research Hub
mac birmingham and University of Warwick

Design of the Research Hub for an AHRC funded Cultural Value project.

Sep 12 - Sep 13

Hidden Collections:
From Archive to Asset, The Gothic Project

British Film Institute and University of Nottingham

An AHRC funded multi-disciplinary collaborative project with training on public engagement in digital contexts. Researching BFI archive material and creating online educational resources for the BFI Gothic season.

March 2013

Alternative Kinships
mac birmingham and Shout

Devised and co-ordinated the project in which creative exploration of alternative histories and kinships in their broadest sense took place. Activities included workshops, free haircuts, craft sessions, discussions and film screenings, as well as the creation of a space for reading, sharing a drink and sharing ideas.

June 2012

Queer Family Trees
Hayward Gallery

Co-facilitated a visual art workshop with historian Hera Cook which took place in a geodesic dome on the sculpture terrace of the Hayward Gallery.

Dec 06 - May 07

The Gait Lab Project
West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre and BCU

Collaboration with an NHS rehabilitation centre to explore the role of medical technologies in the construction of non-normative bodies and subjectivities and how the 'medical gaze' might be contested by patients and clinicians. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

September 2005

Speculate in the Learning Grid
University of Warwick

Collaboration with the University of Warwick's Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research to create a series of images and text on the theme of reflexivity in ways of seeing and knowing.



Metherell, L., Queer Encounters with Art: (Dis)Orientations Beyond Representations of Sexual Bodies, Civil Partnerships? Queer and Feminist Curating, Tate Modern, May 2012.

Metherell, L., Art Beyond Representation, Gender and Sexuality Research Seminar, The Barber Institute, University of Birmingham, May 2011. Invited to present.

Metherell, L. & Rogers, H., Student and Supervisor: Queer Encounters with Art, paper presented at the Research Degree Seminar, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University, March 2009.


Metherell, L. (2013) queer:reading:room in Rogers, H. (ed) Queer Textualities, Article Press: Birmingham.

Metherell, L. (2009) Corpus Queer: A Del La Grace Volcano Retrospective, exhibition catalogue introduction, LGBT Community Trust: Birmingham.