Nicholas Lees


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Nicholas Lees is a graduate of University of Kent (BA), University of the West of England (BA) and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (MA). His work has been exhibited widely in the UK and overseas and is held in private and public collections including York City Art Gallery, Westerwald Keramikmuseum in Germany and Royal Caribbean International. He has won several awards including 3rd prize at the Premio Faenza (Italy) in 2003, the National Sculpture Award from the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool in 2010 and the Desmond Preston Prize for Excellence in Drawing at the RCA in 2012. He worked as a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University between 2000 and 2010 and as a Visiting Lecturer since 2010.

In 2012 he completed an MPhil by project at the Royal College of Art. The work from this project -‘Drawing and Fabrication’- was first exhibited at SHOW2012 at the RCA in June 2012.

He lives and works in Hampshire.

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Born 1967


2010-2012 MPhil by project Royal College of Art
1996-1997 MA Ceramics UWIC, Cardiff
1989-1992 BA(Hons) Ceramics Bristol Polytechnic
1986-1989 BA(Hons) English & History University of Kent


2013 onwards Visiting Lecturer, UCA, Farnham
2012 – 2013 Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art.
2010 onwards Visiting Lecturer, Bath Spa University.
2000- 2010 Senior Lecturer in Ceramics at Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University.


2017 "Senses" Walford Mill Gallery, Dorset.
"Whiter Shade of Pale" Hexagon Classic Design, London.
"Form" Snug Gallery, Yorkshire.
London Art Fair represented by Rabley Contemporary.
"VASE; Function Reviewed" Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
Artgeneve. Represented by Taste Contemporary Craft.
Christie’s London. With Royal College of Art Ceramics and Glass department.

2016 Naspa Talent Award, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany.

2016 “Ornament 2016”. Old Granada Studios, Manchester.

2016 VASE; Function Reviewed. National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.

2016 XXIV International Biennale of Vallauris, France.

2016 “A la Recherche du Sublime”. Galerie du Don, France.

2016 artmonte-carlo. Represented by Taste Contemporary Craft.

2015 St.Art Fair, Strasbourg, France. With Galerie du Don.

2015 ‘Form & Frei’. Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig Holstein, Germany.

2015 ‘Many a Slip’. Marsden Woo Gallery, London.

2015 Premio Faenza, International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy.

2015 Ceramics of Europe selected artists. European Parliament, Strasbourg, France.

2015 ‘Nicholas Lees and Ashraf Hanna’, Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels, Belgium.

2014 Ceramics of Europe. Westerwald Keramikmuseum, Germany.

2014 PAD London with Adrian Sassoon.

2014 ‘Light Reflections’. Mint, London.

2014 Mixed Exhibition. Marsden Woo, London.

2014 Encounter Fine Art. Broadway House, Fulham.

2013 Selfridges Concept Store. London.

2013 British Ceramics Biennial Award Exhibition. Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

2013 The Open West. Newark Park and Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery.
2013 Mixed Exhibition. Marsden Woo, London.
2012 Drawing Biennial. One Church Street Gallery, Bucks.
2012 Show 2012. RCA Graduate exhibition
2012 James Tower and Contemporary Ceramics Art, Gimpel Fils, London.
2012 Ceramic Art London, RCA student show, RCA, London.
2010 National Sculpture Award. Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
2009 5th World Ceramics Biennale. Icheon. South Korea.
2009 European Ceramics – 12th Westerwald Prize. Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany.
2008 10 Years On. Work from Fireworks Studio. Llantarnam Grange and touring.
2007 4th World Ceramics Biennale. Icheon, South Korea.
2004 1st European Ceramics Competition Exhibition. Amaroussion, Greece.
2004 Westerwald Ceramic Art Competition. Germany.
2003 53rd International Ceramic Art Competition, Faenza, Italy.
2002 Bishop Philpotts Gallery, Truro. ‘Ceramica’ festival.
2002 Peter’s Barn Gallery, Sussex. Solo exhibition.
2002/3 Ceramic Contemporaries 4. Royal College of Art. London. (Touring).
2001 Positive and Negative. Pearoom Crafts Centre, Lincolnshire.
2001 Sculpture for St. Swithun’s Day. Red House Museum, Christchurch, Dorset.
2000 Trialog Gallery. Hohr – Grenzhausen, Germany. Exhibition accompanying symposium.
1999 The Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hants.
1999 The Red Gallery, Portsmouth, Hants. Solo exhibition.
1999 Peter’s Barn Gallery, Sussex.
1999 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Herts.
1999 Not just Pots – New Directions in Contemporary Ceramics. Hampshire County Council Museums Service. Touring Exhibition.
1998 Ceramics From Wales. Ceramics Gallery. Sydney, Australia.
1998 Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award. Auckland, New Zealand.
1997 NewArt. Wrexham Art Centre.


2015 Cersaie Prize, International Ceramic Art competition, Faenza, Italy.

2012 Desmond Preston award for excellence in drawing. RCA, London.

2010 National Sculpture Award. Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
2004 Award of Merit. 1st European Ceramics Competition. Greece.
2003 Third prize. 53rd International Ceramic Art Competition. Faenza, Italy.

Public Collections/ Commissions

Museo Internazionale delle Cermiche, Faenza, Italy.

York City Art Gallery

Royal Caribbean International

Keramikmuseum Westerwald
Auckland Museum




Silvia Celeste Calcagno, Helene Kirchmair, Nicholas Lees, Thomas Stollar

From 24 May 2017 to 10 June 2017