Elected 2019


CV & Exhibitions

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Sometimes someone says something to you that sets you off on a whole new journey. For me, it was when I was doing a shift as a waitress in the pub I have worked at on and off since I was 14. A customer said, “If a woman is earning a lot of money she is doing a man’s job,” and I was left with that conflict of being at work and trying to stay professional and seething inside.

The family all know that I talk through my art. This work started as a way for me to portray what has been said to me and I became inspired to give other women a voice. My studionAme residency show 'Things Men Say' took place at studionAme and the LCB Depot in Leicester in 2019. I see this as a work in progress, as there is still so much to portray. I was overwhelmed by the words sent to me. The feedback already from some of those women has been the most important thing; one said it was cathartic and another said they had been carrying around the words for years without ever sharing them.

When I was deciding how to make this work I instantly knew I wanted to put the words on something inherently feminine and the act of embroidery creates a conversation between the brash sayings and the delicate, domestic textiles.

So that was what it took to start me off thinking about the things men say.

CV & Exhibitions

Willow Stacey


2015  BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds College of Art, Leeds
2012  Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, New College Nottingham, Nottingham

Solo exhibitions

StudionAme Residency: Things Men Say, LCB Depot, Leicester
Things Men Say, StudionAme, Leicester

Perspective, Beerheadz, Grantham

Déclasser, Unit 9 Gallery, Huddersfield

Typically Feminine, Rota Jovem, Cascais, Portugal

The Story So Far, Grantham Museum, Grantham

Group exhibitions

The Society of Women Artists 2019 Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
Leicester Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, New Walk Museum, Leicester
Opening Exhibition, Hub, Leicester
Chameleon: An Exploration of Colour, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

Open Studios – December, StudionAme, Leicester
Open Studios – August, StudionAme, Leicester

Permanent Fixture, StudionAme, Leicester
Steep Learning, Curve Theatre, Leicester
The Fanny Collective Presents: Synergy, Leeds 

Ones We Watched, Sunny Bank Mills, Pudsey
Erotica, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans

I’ll Show You Mine, Quarry Place, Leeds
Free Range,The Old Truman Brewery, London
44 Degrees, Degree Show, Leeds College of Art, Leeds
I AM Collective, Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
Ones 2 Watch, Sunny Bank Mills, Pudsey 

Open Call Exhibition, Unit 9 Gallery, Huddersfield
Open Closet, Lambert’s Yard, Leeds
The Modern Nude, Brick Lane Gallery, London

Navigation, Thwaites Water Mill, Leeds
Foundation Final Show, New College Nottingham, Nottingham


2017 - Aesthetica Artist Directory