Lulu Hancock 1966-2016

We have learned of the sad passing of one of our former Fine Art lecturers, Lulu Hancock. Hancock studied the Foundation Art and Design course at Leicester Polytechnic in 1985 before going on to a BA in Illustration and Printmaking at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, graduating in 1988. She worked as a freelance illustrator for many years as well as teaching and studying, including taking an MA in Fine Art at DMU in 1999 and lecturing at DMU until 2011.

Hancock was married to Mike Hoar, a lecturer in Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic and DMU until 1997. The couple moved to France to set up a studio and teaching space.

Hancock wrote: “inspired by contemporary architecture, constructed landscape and space and our use of it. I have a passion for colour, light, sense of place, sense of space and sense of being. Passionate on my profession, my career is a bridge between being an artist and an educator, passing on knowledge where and whenever I can.”  Source

DMU Archives holds some material about both Lulu Hancock and Mike Hoar. Below is the brochure for her 1998 exhibition ‘Transformation of Landscape’ at the Morley Gallery. Also featured are two posters for exhibitions by Mike Hoar. See for more information.

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Lulu Hancock 023 Mike Hoar decade in the landscape

Mike Hoar spanish landscapes


About Katharine Short

When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. In rebellion I studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the Archivist here at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of University history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.
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