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Staff Profile

Clare Nattress

Senior Lecturer: Graphic Design

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I am an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and educator working in the UK. I am a senior lecturer in the School of the Arts at York St John University and am currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at Leeds Beckett University.

My work embraces interconnectedness across ecosystems, attuning to the environment and new ways of perceiving the world around us. Working within the intersection of art and science, the artist considers collaborations with scientists and other researchers as a key element in my work. I became a recognised Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2016 and have been lecturing in Graphic Design for the past 9 years.


I teach on the following:

  • Graphic Design Principles
  • Graphic Design Process
  • Context of Practice
  • Graphic Design Practice 1

Ethics Committee Member - School of the Arts 
Athena Swan Institutional Co-Lead


In 2018, I sold all of my possessions and cycled in parts of the globe for a year, mainly living in a tent and carrying everything I needed on my bike. Having lived a minimalist lifestyle over the past few years, this year-long project raised further significant questions regarding the environment and air pollution. Cycling and air pollution have now become a basis for art-making and practice-based research. My PhD thesis is entitled "How can cycling be a performative art methodology to investigate, reveal, and disseminate the problem of air pollution?" 

My collaborator Dr Daniel Bryant and I have recently created - a resource to see ground/street level air pollution data in York.

Publications and Conferences

Selected History 

Works & Exhibition Record

  • 2023 York Air Map, BrewYork Exhibition Space, York. 
  • 2023 Toxic Truths. Re-fill Micro Exhibition, York. 
  • 2022 Art-Science Interface. Blossom Street Gallery, York.
  • 2021 York Creatives Winter Zine, York, UK. 
  • 2021 York Design Week, Cycle Heaven, York, UK.
  • 2021 The Flux Review V1 Exhibition. London. UK
  • 2021 Interim Arts. Online Virtual Gallery. UK.
  • 2021 Artists Responding to….Issue 7 Zine Library. UK.

Bibliography & Featured Press 

  • 12/08/2023 Ground-breaking new map of York air pollution reveals ‘shocking’ hotspots. York Mix, Published August 2023.
  • 14/07/2023 York Air Map. Art meets Science to to reveal York’s air pollution. Air Quality News, Published July 2023.
  • 12/07/2023 York Air Map reveals air pollution in the city at exhibition. York Press, Published July 2023. 
  • 25/04/2023 Artists responding to..Issue 6 Featured Artist. Published April 2023. 
  • 28/06/2022 “When art bonds with science and cycling meets pollution head on, a frontier-pushing exhibition results at Blossom Street Gallery” Charles Hutchinson Press.  
  • 01/06/2022 ‘We aim to make York’s air pollution visible’ – Unique partnership to reveal unhealthy hotspots. YorkMix, UK.
  • 01/04/2022 Featured in On Air. Performance Research Journal, Publication, UK.
  • 28/03/2022 Art as a Catalyst for Scientific Discovery, YSJ Blog. 
  • 20/01/2022 NERC Discipline Hopping. University of York, UK. 
  • 02/11/2021 Airpocalypse - COP26 Blog. Institute for Social Justice. York St John University, UK. 
  • 25/10/2021 Coast-to-Coast Exhibition,
  • 22/10/2021 York Design Week - Pollution Bike. 
  • 01/08/2021 Bikepacking - Exploring the Roads Less Cycled. gestalten. 

Funding Awards & Certificates 

  • 24/03/2023 Participation Research Fund, University of York, UK. 
  • 24/03/2023 YESI Knowledge Exchange Fellows Scheme. University of York, UK. 
  • 01/01/2022 NERC Funding Award. The art-science interface in collaboration with the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories, York University, UK. 

Professional Service Conferences & Talks 

  • 06/08/23 Interviewed on BBC Radio York, Leeds, Humberside & Sheffield. Available on BBC Sounds 1h 15 minutes.
  • 22/04/2023 Delivered Talk & Q&A. Re-fill. York. 
  • 23/05/2022 Delivered Talk & Abstract. EGU General Assembly 2022. Vienna, Austria. 
  • 28/03/2022 doing-reflecting-reading-articulating-doing: RESEARCH Lisa Stansbie and Clare Nattress in Conversation, Leeds Beckett University. 
  • 01/04/2022 Featured in On Air. Performance Research Journal, Publication, UK.
  • 28/03/2022 In conversation with Professor Lisa Stansbie.‘doing-reflecting-reading-articulating-doing: RESEARCH’ Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK. 
  • 2022 Delivered Talk. Leeds School of Arts Doctoral Student Symposium. Leeds Beckett University, UK. 
  • 23/03/2022 Delivered Talk & Abstract. Trauma & Cycling Symposium. Lancaster University, UK. 
  • 01/03/2022 Delivered Talk. Ph.D. Research. Postgraduate Students. York St John University, UK
  • 05/02/2022 Attended Talk. Kate Fletcher. Fashion & Nature. In & Out Lecture Series
  • 24/01/2022 Attended Talk. Following The Breath Panel Discussion. Barbican, UK. 
  • 17/11/2021 Ecological Research Group Symposium presentation. York St John University, UK. 
  • 22/10/2021 York Design Week, Cycle Heaven, York, UK.

Publications and Conferences, continued

Academic Papers

Nattress, C. & Bryant, D., (2023) “Discipline Hopping for Environmental Solutions: An Art-Science Collaboration”, Active Travel Studies 3(2). doi: Traditional Copyright © All rights reserved.

The art-science interface: making York's air pollution visible. 
Written in March 2022 by Daniel Bryant, Clare Nattress, and Jacqui Hamilton. Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories, Department of Chemistry, University of York, York, UK & Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK. [EGU General Assembly 2022] © Author(s) 2022. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Airpocalypse: How can cycling be used as a performative art methodology to investigate, reveal, and disseminate the problem of air pollution? 
Written in May 2021 [Performance Research Journal] On Air Volume 26 Issue 7. Issue editors: Evelyn O'Malley & Chloe Preedy. Published 18th June 2022 by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Ltd. © Centre for Performance Research Ltd. 

Permanent Collections 

  • 2023 The Bodleian Library Oxford University.
  • 2023 Cambridge University Library.
  • 2023 National Library of Scotland.
  • 2023 National Library of Wales.
  • 2023 Trinity College Dublin.
  • 2023 Hull Zine Library Collection. 
  • 2022 The British Library Collection. 

Curated Projects & Events 

  • 2023 Curated York Air Map, BrewYork, Walmgate, York, UK. 
  • 2022 Curated Art Science Interface, Blossom Street Gallery, York, UK. 
  • 2021 Curated ‘Coast to Coast’ Cycle Heaven, York, UK. 


Professional Activities

My research and practice allow me to present at conferences and write journal articles, and publications for book chapters. I recently presented a paper at the EGU General Assembly Conference 2022 in Vienna, Austria with colleagues from the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) Bryant, D, and Hamilton, J entitled "The art-science interface: making York's air pollution visible". I have exhibited work since 2009 including four solo shows.

As of late, I have had a work published in Performance Research Journal On Air Volume 26 Issue 7 entitled Airpocalypse: How can cycling be used as a performative art methodology to investigate, reveal, and disseminate the problem of air pollution? as well as Active Travel Studies journal and an upcoming book chapter entitled Mountain Biking Ecologies.

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